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West Volusia Historical Society

West Volusia Historical Society | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Lue Gim Gong was a Chinese immigrant who came as a young boy to work in a shoe factory in North Adams, Massachusetts.  The fierce winters led him to move to DeLand, Florida, where his horticultural skills acqired in China were applied to developing new oranges.

 

"In 1911, as one of his outstanding accomplishments, he cross-pollinated a "Hart's Late" with a "Mediterranean Sweet" and produced a new orange, the "Lue Gim Gong" (better known as the Valencia orange) which was more resistant to cold.  


A detailed biography is at: http://paulwmarino.org/lue-gim-gong.html


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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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 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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SinoVision English Channel

SinoVision English Channel | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
This fall through next spring, the New York Historical Society is presenting Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion, a major exhibition exploring
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Short promotional video for the NY Historical Society's major exhibition "Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion" currently available and continuing until April, 2015

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Isleton celebrates restoration of Chinese community center - Sacramento Bee

Isleton celebrates restoration of Chinese community center - Sacramento Bee | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Isleton celebrates restoration of Chinese community center Sacramento Bee A significant piece of Isleton history was on display Tuesday as the community celebrated the first phase of the restoration of the Delta community's long-shuttered Chinese...
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A celebration in a northern California town, Isleton, that once had a thriving small Chinese community.

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Aboard the 19th century Chinese shrimp junk, the Grace Quan

Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles retraces the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing in San Francisco Bay, to explore an overlooked and important segment of the San Francisco Bay Area’s maritime history.
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Chinese Whispers:  - On Sept. 6, 2014 this project using a  replica of the 19th century shrimp junk, Grace Quan, will make a 2-week expedition around SF Bay to retrace the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing around the Bay.

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Chinese workers faced obstacles, discrimination as early immigrants

Chinese workers faced obstacles, discrimination as early immigrants | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
ELKTON — After reading a regional columnist’s story about “the Chinese on Lower Delmarva in 1900,” I recalled a long ago conversation with a couple of elderly Elkton residents.
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Memories of Chinese laundries in Cecil County, Maryland that started as early as the 1890s. As elsewhere throughout the country:

 

 "The businesses were small — the work being done by hand to a large degree, requiring only the most basic equipment, such as an ironing board. In the bustling little establishments, soiled clothing was washed in large kettles of boiling war, strung out to dry, and ironed, probably using cast irons that required heating on the stove. This type of enterprise didn’t require much capital, just the willingness to work long, hard hours."

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The Interrogation: In the Matter of Ang Nguey Tone

The Interrogation: In the Matter of Ang Nguey Tone | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration.
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A  vivid recollection of the intimidating experience of one Chinese immigrant,  Kenneth Ang (akla Ang Nguey Tone), as he was interrogated at Angel Island in San Francisco bay when he came from China in 1938. His daughter-in-law, Kathy Ang, interviewed him and prepared this account.

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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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Chinese Immigrant Pipeline to Canada, 1912-1923

Chinese Immigrant Pipeline to Canada, 1912-1923 | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 'moving picture' is worth a million words or more. University of British Columbia and Stanford University collaborated to simulate the flow of Chinese immigrants from 1912 to 1923 to Canada using the Head Tax database.  

Click on the PLAY arrow, and you will see the flow of immigration over time (1912-1923) and place (5 major Canadian destinations) as it varied for different counties of origin in Guangdong, 4 occupational statuses of immigrants, and age of immigrants.

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California Chinese and the Napa Valley Wine Caves Sites

California Chinese and the Napa Valley Wine Caves Sites | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
California Chinese laborers built nineteenth century wine caves in Napa Valley California. Chinese workers labored on the transcontinental railroad in the late 1860's.
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" The First Napa Wine Caves

The wine caves built by Chinese laborers into volcanic rock were used for wine aging and storage. Construction on the first caves began in 1871. In 1881 a second set of tunnels began to be built.

 

The wine caves of Napa Valley were constructed in the late 1800′s. They were dug by pick and shovel. The loose dirt was carried out in woven baskets. You can find many abandoned wine caves throughout the hills of the Napa Valley."

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The Celestials: Ensemble

The Celestials: Ensemble | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
These computer-manipulated images are printed on transparent and translucent materials such as vellum and silk which are installed layer by layer in a frame 3-4 inches deep, then backlit to create a multi-dimensional effect.
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A talented artist, Joan Giannecchini, whose work I have followed has created some new works in her testament to early Chinese immigrants in the 1870s the high desert near the mining town of Tuscarora, Nevada.

""The Celestials" is a series of three-dimensional art pieces designed to recall the Chinese immigrant experience in the Old American West.  As Joan notes:


"As I began investigating the Chinese community in the Elko-Tuscarora area I discovered that despite their large numbers there remained almost no physical or archeological evidence of their presence. Even their bones had been dug up and sent back to China by their descendents. It struck me as sad, these empty gravesites, holes signifying a gap in our collective memory, an enormous presence literally disappeared from our national story."

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Soong Sisters

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An overview of the Soong sisters, arguably the three most powerful women in China in the early 20th century, and summary of their connection to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where all three lived briefly in the 1910s before going on to becoming major influences on China's politics.

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Chinese and other early Asians in Oklahoma

Chinese and other early Asians in Oklahoma | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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"Chinese men lived in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, soon after the Land Run of 1889. They may first have seen the territory as railroad workers, when the Southern Kansas Railway (later the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) constructed its line from Kansas through the Unassigned Lands in 1886-87, or they may have come as cooks or laundrymen with the U.S. Army in 1889. Tom Sing Laundry, photographed in Guthrie in 1889, is the earliest identifiably Chinese business in the region. An 1889 Oklahoma City directory lists five Chinese-owned laundries and a presumed population of eighteen men."

"The Chinese population was dispersed around Oklahoma in the early statehood period. Many towns had a laundry or a restaurant operated by a Chinese person. In those years virtually all of the men were single, and in larger towns they often lived together in common quarters and worked together in a business.."

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