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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Exclusion Act of 1882 that had a profound and long lasting negative impact on Chinese in America even long after it was repealed in 1943.

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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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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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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

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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 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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CINARC Books

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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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