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The Chinese contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869.

The Chinese contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869. | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Graphic artist, Patrick M. Reynolds, created a 4 part series on the Chinese contribution to the building of the transcontinental railroad complete in 1869. (The first panel has a broken link, but the other three will give you a good overview)

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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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A Small Monument at a Small Church about a Big Story | South Writ Large

A Small Monument at a Small Church about a Big Story | South Writ Large | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek was one of the most influential women in the world in the 20th century, but most people know nothing about her father, Charley Soong, who attended divinity school in the Deep South in the late 19th century and after returning to China was a prosperous businessman publishing and selling Chinese-language Bibles.  In the 1910s, he sent his three daughters to attend school in the South and eventually, New England. They became the most powerful and famous set of daughters from one family.


Soon Ai-ling, the eldest daughter would  the richest man and finance minister of China,  H. H. Kung.  Soon Ching-Ling would marry Sun Yat Sen, the father of the Republic of China,  and the youngest, Soon Mei-Ling would marry Chiang Kai-Shek,, who succeeded Sun Yat Sen as President of the Republic of China.

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The Mississippi Delta Chinese Experience

The Mississippi Delta Chinese Experience | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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A Blogger's post gives overview of Mississippi Delta Chinese history

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Cleveland Chinese Restaurants: The Glory Days of Dance Floor and Live Bands

Cleveland Chinese Restaurants: The Glory Days of Dance Floor and Live Bands | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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When you think of cities with many Chinese restaurants, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York came to mind immediately, but Cleveland, Ohio?  Well, back in the 1920s and 30s Cleveland Chinese restaurants abounded, serving not only American Chinese dishes such as chop suey, but providing live big band music for patrons to dance to on their ballroom floors. (Such amenities were not unique to Chinese restaurants in Cleveland, but also found in other large cities)

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Before the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) victory over school segregation, the U. S. Supreme Court (Gong Lum v. Rice 1927) upheld Mississippi exclusion of Chinese from white schools.

Before the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) victory over school segregation, the U. S. Supreme Court (Gong Lum v. Rice 1927) upheld Mississippi exclusion of Chinese from white schools. | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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When one thinks of major cases of school segregation, the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision against 'separate but equal' schools stands out.

 It should be noted, however, that Chinese children in Mississippi  were not allowed to attend white schools until the 1940s.  The Chinese filed a case that went to the U. S. Supreme Court Gong Lum v. Rice (1927), which affirmed Mississippi segregation.

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Around the 1920’s, Chinese children in Mississippi were not allowed to attend white schools.  A Chinese man name Gong Lum filed a case against this ruling that went to the U. S. Supreme Court.  He was initially successful, but Supreme Court continues to uphold the decision of denying Chinese to attend whites only public school.  Eventually Lum’s family moved across the river to Elaine, Arkansas, where his children are admitted.

When one thinks of major cases of school segregation, the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision against 'separate but equal' schools stands out.  Unfortunately, the time that Lum was fighting for his daughters, Brown v. Board was not yet passed it.  However, as time proceeds to the 20th century, society continues to improve.  Laws are made that all are equal, all have the same rights.  

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1909 racist slander of Charley Hong's restaurant in Jerome, AZ - Sharlot Hall Museum Library & Archives

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1909 "Soap Opera" involved attacks on Charley Hong's restaurant (mistakenly named as the Bon Jon Restaurant in this article) and other Chinese restaurants as unsanitary, serving food found in garbage, etc, that were part of a nasty spat between editors of two rival newspapers in the tiny mining town of Jerome, AZ.

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Chinese Empire Reform Association - Baohuanghui

A documentary of the Chinese Empire reform through the eyes of the Chinese of Butte, Montana and their fight with the legal system and how they were connecte...
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Using Chinese in Butte, Montana in the last part of the 19th century as an example, this is an excellent, concise but informative discussion of the significance of this organization on China and on Chinese in the U. S. and Canada that has been overshadowed by Sun Yat Sen's revolution.

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Chinese Immigrants Now Make Up the Largest Group of New Arrivals to the U.S.

Chinese Immigrants Now Make Up the Largest Group of New Arrivals to the U.S. | Chinese American history | Scoop.it

verOnce singled out for exclusion by law from the United States, Chinese immigrants now make up the largest single group of arrivals per year into this country. A

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Excellent concise overview by Erika Lee of the history of Chinese in America over more than 150 years.  Also ends with a warning that although attitudes toward Chinese have greatly improved, there is the potential for reversals, especially as many Americans conflate Chinese Americans with Chinese in China, and if relations with China sour, there may be backlash against Chinese Americans.

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The Chinese American

The Chinese American | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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As recently as 1975, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations found it worthwhile to publish this brief document written by staff member Carole Chan to promote historical and cultural understanding in the general population about Chinese Americans and to dispel the negative views of "inscrutable Chinese." Today, fortunately, the  younger generation of Chinese Americans might think it odd that such a document was ever needed. Only those who know the longer history of Chinese in America would appreciate it.

 

A downloadable pdf is available from the Internet Archive:  https://ia800308.us.archive.org/27/items/ERIC_ED127393/ERIC_ED127393.pdf

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The untold story of Chinese restaurants in America - Journalist's Resource

The untold story of Chinese restaurants in America - Journalist's Resource | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
2015 research brief highlighting the dynamic interaction between exclusionary legal policies and immigrants' adaptive strategies, by Heather R. Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Insightful examination of behind-the-dining room operations of early Chinese restaurants that enabled immigrants to work around some of the discriminatory barriers imposed on Chinese in North America.

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Auburn once had a thriving Chinatown | Auburn Journal

Auburn once had a thriving Chinatown | Auburn Journal | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Local auburn news. Latest Current News. Breaking News, Local newspaper's online edition with news, classifieds, and editorials.
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Auburn, in the Gold rush country of California, had a Chinatown that served the Chinese in the region, but today there are no more laundries or grocery stores selling specialty goods from China along with the usual grocery offerings, and the Shanghai Bar and restaurant, the last Chinese-owned business in what was once Auburn’s Chinatown, closed its doors in 2005

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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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A Chinese American Historian By Chance: Interracial Marriages of Chinese

A Chinese American Historian By Chance: Interracial Marriages of Chinese | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Today, Chinese Americans in mixed or interracial marriages are so prevalent that it is hard to believe that they were "illegal" in most of the U. S.  Mixed race couples, and their children, were looked down upon until well after the middle of the past century. A review of the history of interracial marriages of Chinese is important to see how and why attitudes have shifted.

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The Chinese in Mississippi: An Ethnic People in a Biracial Society

The Chinese in Mississippi: An Ethnic People in a Biracial Society | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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This blog post is based on Professor Charles Reagan WIlson's historical overview of the early Chinese in Mississippi. 

 

Note: The image of the store is valid but the  men in the photographs in the article may not be Chinese in Mississippi as I have seen two of them elsewhere, one in a Canadian archive and another from somewhere in the northeast.

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Ming Quong: a History of Rescuing Chinese American Girls - EMQ FamiliesFirst

Ming Quong: a History of Rescuing Chinese American Girls - EMQ FamiliesFirst | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Ming Quong Presbyterian Mission Home was founded in 1874 in San Francisco and was the first U.S. charity to admit Chinese children. In the early years, Ming Quong rescued Chinese girls from slavery and prostitution in the alleys of San Francisco. It later opened homes in Oakland and, in 1935, in the hills of Los Gatos for the younger girls. Ming Quong translates as “radiant light.” Mirroring the history of the child welfare system, the orphanage evolved to a residential treatment center in the 1950s. In 1953, Minq Quong enrolled boys and needy children of all races and became independent of the Presbyterian Church. The agency merged with Eastfield Home of Benevolence in 1987 and later the combined agency was renamed EMQ Children & Family Services. The Los Gatos campus is still owned and used by EMQ FamiliesFirst. The former Oakland residence is now part of Mills College. The building was designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan in 1925 and includes Chinese motifs in an overall Mediterranean design. From February through July 2012 the Los Gatos History Museum ran a special exhibit highlighting the history of Ming Quong and individual stories of the girls. Read more about the exhibit and opening event. Tweet 0 Share 0 +1 Reddit Pocket LinkedIn 0
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Ming Quong home was founded by Presbyterian church in San Francisco in 1874 to provide refuge for rescued girls from slavery and forced prostitution as well as orphans.

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Joe Gow Nue, iconic Chinese grocery store in Greenville, MS. 1920s

Joe Gow Nue, iconic Chinese grocery store in Greenville, MS. 1920s | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Chinese grocery stores could be found in virtually every small town throughout the Mississippi Delta during the 20th century. The Joe Gow Nue store was perhaps the best known and was prominently situation across from the levee in Greenville, MS.

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We Served with Pride - The Chinese American Experience in World War II

This is the 10th Anniversary of this groundbreaking film. A new re-mastered DVD release will be coming later this Fall with extended scenes and footage.
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Tribute to some of the many Chinese Americans who served in combat during WW II.

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Chinese Builders of Gold Mountain | KVIE Public Television Video

Chinese Builders of Gold Mountain | KVIE Public Television Video | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Celebrate the hard work, courage, and determination of the Chinese pioneers of California.
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Documentary about the Chinese immigrant labor that was so vital in buildings railroads in the U. S. West. Film focuses on the places in California where they settled during the California Gold rush after 1849 including Marysville, Auburn, Fiddletown, Oroville

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Baohuanghui: New Research on Neglected Part of Chinese American History

Baohuanghui: New Research on Neglected Part of Chinese American History | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Sun Yat Sen is considered the father of the Chinese revolution against the Emperor Dowager in 1911, and the important influence of his rival, Kang YouWei, who earlier founded the Empire Reform Association (Baohuanghui) in 1899 to reform and modernize China (but retain the Emperor in place of the Emperor Dowager) has long been neglected as an important factor on the history of Chinese in the U. S. and Canada. New research of archival documents is being actively pursued by several prominent scholars.

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What does it mean to be Asian American in Michigan?

What does it mean to be Asian American in Michigan? | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
From 2000 to 2010, Michigan saw a 39% increase in its Asian population. That happened even while the state’s overall population was shrinking. Asian
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Radio interview with Sook WIlkinson and Victor Jew, editors of "Asian Americans in Michigan"

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Voss, B. L. 2015. The historical experience of labor: Archaeological contributions to interdisciplinary research on Chinese railroad workers. Historical Archaeology 49(1):4-23.

Since the 1960s, archaeologists have studied the work camps of Chinese immigrant and Chinese American laborers who built the railroads of the American West. The artifacts, sites, and landscapes provide a rich source of empirical information about the
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There is a paucity of information about the lives and experiences of the thousand of Chinese laborers who worked on building railroads. In lieu of such evidence, a network of archaeologists have studied direct evidence of habitation, culinary practices, health care, social relations, and economic networks.  Such archaeological research offers insights about the daily lives and experiences of these Chinese laborers.

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Toronto’s early Chinese restaurants attracted both gourmets and goons | Toronto Star

Toronto’s early Chinese restaurants attracted both gourmets and goons  | Toronto Star | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
The Chinese cafés that once flourished on Elizabeth St. drew a white clientele, but were also a magnet for police harassment and racist attacks. An excerpt from The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood.
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Chinese restaurants were not initially popular or accepted among non-Chinese,  In Toronto, as in other cities with Chinatowns, anti-Chinese sentiments were directed toward Chinese restaurants for decades.

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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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