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Chinese Cooking, Cantonese style | The Online Books Page

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Online resource to some early Cantonese cookbooks. The Chinese cook book by Shui Wong Chan (1917) not only has recipes and cooking techniques but a 1917 price list for Chinese ingredients and where to get them.

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Two Curated Collections of Websites on Chinese American History, Past and Present

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A brief guide to my 2 curated collections of websites on Chinese American history, past and present, on Scoop.It, and how to search the collection by keyword topics by typing the term in the

FUNNEL-looking icon in the upper right corner of this page next to suggestions.

 

(The previous method of using the FILTER window has been eliminated)

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Chemung County Historical Society: 1884 Chinese Laundry in Elmira, N. Y.

Chemung County Historical Society:    1884 Chinese Laundry in Elmira, N. Y. | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Chemung County historian finds evidence of Yee L:ee, a Chinese had a laundry in Elmira, New York in 1884 and eventually there would be at least 5 Chinese laundries there for a while.

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Felicia Lowe’s “Chinese Couplets” Continues to Shine Spotlight on Chinese American History | CAAM Home

Felicia Lowe’s “Chinese Couplets” Continues to Shine Spotlight on Chinese American History | CAAM Home | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Felicia Lowe, award winning documentarian of Chinese American history  comments on her latest film, Chinese Couplets:

"...it’s that every family has secrets. It’s that mother-daughter relationships are not picture perfect. They are fraught. But it is also about the complexity of how immigration policies work in this country. It is a cautionary tale that is still relevant today."

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CINARC Books

CINARC Books | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Bennett Bronson and Chuimei Ho have published Coming Home in Gold Brocade,  a book based on the "treasure trove" of historical findings about the Pacific Northwest Chinese that they have assembled over many years for their comprehensive website:  http://cinarc.homestead.com/index.html     Placing this detailed archive in the linear arrangement of a traditional book will help the reader gain a better overview of the lives of Pacific Northwest Chinese immigrants of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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History of Chinese Community, Phoenix, AZ.

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Description of the development of Chinese community from its beginning in Phoenix, with list of street addresses of Chinese stores and merchants, especially grocery stores.

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Deciphering history

Deciphering history | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
DEADWOOD — It is likely the most unique and definitely the most diverse archaeological collection in the state. Soon, Deadwood Historic Preservation officials will be able to fill in one more piece of the Chinatown puzzle, as the office’s Chinese transcription project seeks to date and document specific objects within the collection to begin telling the larger story.
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A topic that History Detectives should investigate!  What can the 'chop marks' * on opium pipes excavated between 2001-4 at Deadwood, South Dakota, tell use about the lives of Chinese over a century ago in that town?

 

*"Known as “chop marks” or “money marks,” the Chinese characters on the opium pipe bowl fragments provide information on the manufacturer and date of  manufacture of the opium pipe bowls."

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 Part 3 of 3  excellent videos narrated by history professor Sue Fawn Chung, documenting contributions of Chinese immigrants in Nevada during the late 19th century as cooks for railroad workers.

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Chinese & Nevada Railroads - Part 1 - YouTube

Tireless and Unremitting: The Chinese and Nevada's Railroads In this edition of Exploring Nevada we look at the major contributions made by the Chinese who c...
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First of 3 excellent videos narrated by history professor Sue Fawn Chung, documenting archeological evidence about the contributions of Chinese immigrants in Nevada in mining, lumber work, and railroad construction during the late 19th century.

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Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers

Author John Jung gives a presentation about his book that is a social history of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers and their families at the Berkeley Chinese Community…
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Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants Talk by John Jung - YouTube

John Jung talks about his book, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church, Jan. 25, 2011. Session includes...
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A talk by John Jung based on his book, Sweet and Sour,  about the social history of Chinese family-run restaurants that led to the growth of an iconic business for thousands of Chinese immigrants for more than a century.

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100 Years of Asian American Activism in NYC

100 Years of Asian American Activism in NYC | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
When Trinh Duong goes to work these days, she does so with a bit more fear—and a bit more resolve—than usual. A month ago Duong, a labor organizer, joined a group of Asian American garment...
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Written in 1998, it is not up to date, but a good overview of important historical developments in the Asian American activism that occurred in New York City for over a century

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Revisiting history: Mob attacks Chinese residents in Martinez : Martinez News-Gazette

Revisiting history: Mob attacks Chinese residents in Martinez : Martinez News-Gazette | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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An account of an attack on Chinese immigrants in Martinez, California in 1882 (the same year that the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed).  

Local historian Anthony Oertel discovered and transcribed the following article from the April 29, 1882, edition of the Contra Costa Gazette (now the Martinez News-Gazette) detailing an attack of Chinese residents ..  

Go to www.frederickbee.com for more information on this incident and the work of Frederick Bee on behalf of the Chinese.

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From the wok to the frozen food aisle

From the wok to the frozen food aisle | Chinese American history | Scoop.it

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, archivist Cathy Keen explores how a Chinese-American entrepreneur helped introduce new cuisines to the American diet in an affordable way: frozen foods. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, opening in July, will explore how social and technological changes, like new culinary preferences and advances in refrigeration, transformed everyday life.

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"frozen foods pioneer, Percy Loy, was born in Vancouver, Washington, to Chinese immigrant parents.... Yet, like other Chinese-American pilots, Loy was unable to find work with a commercial airline after the war. He opened a Japanese restaurant, feeling it would be perceived as more high-end than a Chinese one. Ultimately, however, the more successful venture proved to be selling his native cuisine in the form of frozen meals."

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Between Mao and McCarthy

Between Mao and McCarthy | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
During the Cold War, Chinese Americans struggled to gain political influence in the United States. Considered potentially sympathetic to communism, their communities attracted substantial public and government scrutiny, particularly in San Francisco and New York.

Between Mao and McCarthy looks at the divergent ways that Chinese Americans in these two cities balanced domestic and international pressures during the tense Cold War era. On both coasts, Chinese Americans sought to gain political power and defend their civil rights, yet only the San Franciscans succeeded. Forging multiracial coalitions and encouraging voting and moderate activism, they avoided the deep divisions and factionalism that consumed their counterparts in New York. Drawing on extensive research in both Chinese- and English-language sources, Charlotte Brooks uncovers the complex, diverse, and surprisingly vibrant politics of an ethnic group trying to find its voice and flex its political muscle in Cold War America.
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Intriguing analysis of how and why Chinese in San Francisco succeeded in gaining political power during the Cold War years of the mid 20th century whereas those in New York did not.

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Historic Chinese temple in Bakersfield, CA. at a crossroads

Historic Chinese temple in Bakersfield, CA. at a crossroads | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Q: Across the street from Mexicali in downtown Bakersfield is a small green building on a long, narrow lot. According to GoogleEarth, the building is only 15 feet wide and 25 feet long and has a sign on the front that reads "Let Sing Gong Temple.
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Joss houses, or temples, that served an important role for Chinese immigrants in large as well as smallChinese communities are now historic shrines to the past as with this temple in Bakersfield, CA.

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Arnold Genthe's Chinatown (before 1906)

Arnold Genthe's Chinatown (before 1906) | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Although some photos were staged or 'doctored' (even without photoshop being available), Genthe's images of San Francisco Chinatown are an invaluable glimpse into the past.

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Roar, China by Langston Hughes (1937)

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African American poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) composed this outspoken anti-colonial piece, “Roar China!” in 1937 in support of China against foreign domination - and published in the “The New Masses” on February 22, 1938.

 

Hughes visited Shanghai in the mid-1930s, finding himself welcomed into a community of African American jazz musicians and entertainers. He explored both the International Concessions and Chinese parts of the city, and claimed to feel more at home among the Chinese. He met with Madame Sun Yat-sen as well as writer and social critic, Lu Xun. Yet, Hughes was appalled at the drug trade, prostitution, child factory labour, and spoke out in opposition to Japanese imperialism in China.

 

Sources: Unz.org, Langston Hughes: A Biography (2004) by Laurie F. Leach   

 

Posted by Karen Tam on her Tumblr blog, Orientally Yours

 

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Chinese Laundry Stories

Chinese Laundry Stories | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
The first 50 posts on this blog on Chinese laundry history are now available for your convenience in a beta version as a free downloadable epub format for  ibooks.   This link will download a pdf v...
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Based on newspaper archives,  I posted 'stories' about the Chinese laundry life on my blog.

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Chinese & Nevada Railroads - Part 2 - YouTube

Tireless and Unremitting: The Chinese and Nevada's Railroads In this edition of Exploring Nevada we look at the major contributions made by the Chinese who c...
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Part 2 of 3  excellent videos narrated by history professor Sue Fawn Chung, documenting archeological evidence about the contributions of Chinese immigrants in Nevada in mining, lumber work, and railroad construction during the late 19th century.

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Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in Deep South

A presentation at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church John Jung about his memoir, Southern Fried Rice, which describes life in a Chinese laundry for the only Chinese…
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"Southern Fried Rice" was written as a memoir about my immigrant family living in Macon, Georgia, where we were the only Chinese in town, back in the days of Jim Crow segregation.

 

I have since discovered from many people I've met at book talks I have given on the book that our story is not as unique as I originally thought, but actually, aside from some specific details of geography and time. is remarkably similar to that of countless other Chinese immigrant families all over the country, even in metropolitan areas like New York or San Francisco,

 

In effect, Southern Fried Rice, although it deals only with my family, describes an overlooked aspect of Chinese American history.

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Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain

Presentation in 2007 by author John Jung at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church about his social history of Chinese laundries in the U. S. and Canada.
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Video of a talk by John Jung based on his social history of Chinese laundries: Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain.

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Researching Olympia – Contents | Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

Researching Olympia – Contents | Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Articles Bibliography Chinese Olympia Image Bibliography Links to other helpful sites Transcriptions Where Are
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An exemplary historical society site from Olympia, Washington that includes much material on the Chinese pioneers of the region.  The content is arranged into several useful topics:

Chinese OlympiaEchtle: Olympia's Historic Chinese CommunityOlympia's Historic Chinese CommunityOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - ChinatownsOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Chinese CemeteryOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - FamiliesOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Interpretive MarkerOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - LaundriesOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - LinksOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Market GardensOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Origins and Early ArrivalsOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - RestaurantsOlympia's Historic Chinese History - Railroads and Riots
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San Francisco's Chinese Telephone Co. - 1901

San Francisco's Chinese Telephone Co. - 1901 | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Long before there were cell phones, or even dial phones, you had to speak to a live person to get you connected on the phone with someone you wanted to speak to.  This 1901 article proudly announces the Chinatown telephone exchange where the girls at the switchboard knew the numbers of everyone  in Chinatown by heart.

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Education | Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Education | Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
What does it means to be an American? Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores this question as it chronicles the long and complex history of Chinese Americans [...]
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 The New York Historical Society exhibition (Sept. 26, 2014-April 19, 2015) website includes a n outstanding 157 page downloadable set of educational materials related to the history of Chinese in America.

http://chineseamerican.nyhistory.org/education/

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Book review: Pacific Crossing, by Elizabeth Sinn

Book review: Pacific Crossing, by Elizabeth Sinn | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration and the Making of Hong Kong ...
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     Perhaps the most fascinating and enlightening book I've run across in recent years about Chinese immigration to North America.  Scholarly, but highly readable, this masterpiece by Hong Kong scholar Elizabeth Sinn examines the significant impact of the transport of immigrants back and forth on ships between China and North America (similar arguments are likely to be applicable to Chinese who went to other places like Australia and New Zealand).

    We know from much research what happened to Chinese once they crossed the Pacific to reach North America, but the details of the operations of the ships that transported them are generally taken for granted or never mentioned, as if this process was unimportant.  Sinn's book, in contrast, fills this void admirably and helps provide a filler contextual background of what immigration entails beyond answering the questions of immigration authorities.

    Sinn coins the term, in-between places, to describe the transitory and fluctuating domiciles of many immigrants who were neither here nor there for long periods.  She not only details the economic and trade profits of shipping human cargo to and from China, but also material goods including opium, flour, and Chinese food and spices.  She provides rich details of the traffic in prostitutes and slave girls as well as the transport of bones of Chinese who died overseas.

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