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▶ Fong Fong Bakery/Soda Fountain - YouTube

Opened in 1935 Fong Fong Bakery/Fountain was unique in San Francisco's Chinatown. A popular hangout for young people, it served hamburgers, hot dogs and its ...
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A nostalgic tribute to the legendary Fong Fong's, a bakery, soda fountain, coffee shop hangout where the West and the East came together in S. F. Chinatown in the 1930s.  

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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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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

Soong Sisters | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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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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Flood bypass eradicates last vestige of Napa's Chinatown

Flood bypass eradicates last vestige of Napa's Chinatown | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
The last vestige of Napa's long-gone Chinatown -- a spit of land at the juncture of the Napa River and Napa Creek in downtown -- is about to unceremoniously disappear.
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The remains of what was once the "Chinatown" of Napa, a small northern California town, is about to vanish into history as a flood bypass will erase it.  This newspaper account gives a history of this Chinese community from it early days in the late 19th century. Article is accompanied by several photographs and drawings of the Chinese of Napa.

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Arrival of Chinese in 1870 at North Adams, MA. Met By Striking Crispin Order Shoemakers

Arrival of Chinese in 1870 at North Adams, MA. Met By Striking Crispin Order Shoemakers | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
North Adams railroad station, Union Depot, circa 1911, looking northeast.  It was located more or less where the American Legion is now.
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Local historian's excellent account of the background leading to the recruitment of 75 Chinese by a North Adams, MA. shoe factory owner in 1870 as 'strikebreakers.'  Discussion of their reception and life for a decade in an area where many had never seen Chinese before.

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Finding Samuel Lowe — From Harlem to China — The Movie ·

Finding Samuel Lowe — From Harlem to China — The Movie · | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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The remarkable story of how retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison researched her Black-Chinese heritage and organized a family reunion between her  Chinese-Jamaican relatives and her Chinese relatives in Guangdong, China.  Her Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe, worked in Jamaica, and married a Jamaican woman before later marrying a second wife, a Chinese bride 'sent' over from China to Jamaica. After Lowe returned to China, his Jamaican daughter raised their children in New York.

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Tong (organization) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tong (organization)

The word tong means "hall" or "gathering place". In North America a tong ( Chinese: 堂; pinyin: ; Cantonese Yale: ; literally: "hall") is a type of organization found among Chinese living in the United States and Canada. These organizations are described as secret societies or sworn brotherhoods and are often tied to criminal activity.

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Originally set up as associations to assist new Chinese immigrants get settled and protect them from anti-Chinese attacks, these organizations became involved with illegal activites including operation of gambling and prostitution businesses. The two largest tongs, Hip SIng and On Leong, representing immigrants from different parts of Guangdong began to have tong wars to gain control or seek revenge that terrorized Chinatowns during the 1920s at its peak. 

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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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The Legend of Poison Jim, the Mustard King

The Legend of Poison Jim, the Mustard King | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
In the Museum of Chinese in America, two blocks north of Canal Street in New York City, a small, illuminated tile informs visitors that “sometime before 1865,
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Fact or fiction?   An intriguing story of a legendary Chinese character,  an expert trapper of squirrels using poison bait, who apparently made a fortune with wild mustard weeds in the Salinas valley in California.

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| Remembering 1882 | Civil Rights Suite | Remembering 1882

| Remembering 1882 | Civil Rights Suite | Remembering 1882 | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Experience Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act
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Excellent virtual exhibit by the Chinese Historical Society of America on the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that had a profound and long lasting negative impact on Chinese in America even long after it was repealed in 1943.

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Jue Joe of Napa Valley : St. Helena, CA.

Jue Joe of  Napa Valley : St. Helena, CA. | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
(first in a series)
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An account of one Chinese immigrant, Jue Joe, in St. Helena, CA provides a glimpse of what life was like for many Chinese immigrants from Guangdong to California in the late 19th century.

Arriving as a young boy, Jue Joe faced racial discrimination and prejudices against Chinese.

 

Later, as a young man, he moved to Oakland, and then to southern California where he became a successful farmer in spite on continuing legal and social barriers for Chinese. as described in part-2 of 2 newspapers articles about his life.

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/lifestyles/missing-faces-of-the-napa-valley-part/article_f2b9a3a2-d610-11e3-9ab4-0019bb2963f4.html

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Chinese

Chinese | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
The discrimination on Chinese in US laws developed from the 20th century to 21st century. Figure 1- America is a country that covers multicultural; as a consequence, different racism discriminate t...
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A brief chronology of racism in North America.  

 

Outlines the research of racial discrimination in North American during the period of the 20th – 21st century into four majority races: the Indigenous peoples, African Americans, Mexicans and Chinese.

Page 2 – Discrimination of the indigenous peoples

Page 3 – Discrimination against African Americans

Page 4 – Discrimination against Mexicans

Page 5 - Discrimination of the Chinese

 
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Tye Leung Schulze, A Chinese Woman Pioneer

Tye Leung Schulze, A Chinese Woman Pioneer | 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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The story of an amazing Chinese American woman, Tye Leung Schulze, (1887-1972) who was a pioneer in many ways.  She was first Chinese woman to pass the Civil Service exam that enabled her to be hired as an interpreter for Chinese immigrants in 1910 at the newly opened Angel Island Immigration Station. In 1912 she was first Chinese woman to vote in a U. S. presidential election.

In 1913, she and Charles Frederick Schulze, an Immigration Inspector at Angel Island, married in Vancouver, Washington because Chinese-White marriages were not allowed in California, a decision which cost both of them their jobs.

 
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