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Growing up in NY Chinatown’s sweatshops

Growing up in NY Chinatown’s sweatshops | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

old link to openthecity.org doesn't work... try this youtube link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8pUEteH0xU

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Two Chinese insiders who grew up watching their mothers working in garment factories in NY Chinatown describe working conditions and how owners circumvented regulations. 

 

Thomas Yu and May Wong Lee talk about the garment factories in which their parents worked. Thomas grew up in Loisada public housing, left the neighborhood to study international diplomacy at Harvard, and came back to oversee over $45 million's worth of affordable housing in the neighborhood, on behalf of Asian Americans for Equality. May Wong Lee also left the neighborhood to live in Queens for a while, but she now works as Assistant Principal at PS 42, the elementary school she attended on Hester and Orchard.


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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 use the FILTER to search them for websites that were posted earlier.

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Searching for Immigration files of Chinese ancestors who entered at Seattle?

Searching for Immigration files of Chinese ancestors who entered at Seattle? | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
If your Chinese ancestor's initial trip to the United States was through the Port of Seattle, his file is probably at the National Archives facility in Seattle. He may have ended up living in anoth...
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How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers

How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In May 1969, Connie Young Yu's mother and father traveled to Utah from the Bay Area for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the transcontinental railway. Like thousands of Chinese Americans, their migrant-laborer forefathers had worked on the massive project that culminated in California rail baron Leland Stanford driving the celebrated golden spike at Promontory Point.
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There is a growing interest in learning more about the history of Chinese workers on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s from descendants before these stories are lost. Some Chinese may feel these are stories of the past and not appreciate how history informs and affects the present and future of Chinese in America.

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ITV 55.5 Life: Story of Raymond Chong 張偉明的尋根故事 - YouTube

A touching story of a fifth generation American Chinese who has spent the last 10 years looking for his root back in Kaiping City of Guangdong Province, Chin...
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Raymond Chong, an American Born Chinese, describes his reluctance to accept or identify with being "Chinese" when he was growing up before taking us on his journey as an adult  back to  Kaiping, Guandong, China, the ancestral home of his family roots.

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Author: Seattleites Think They Know China, But They Have No Idea

Author: Seattleites Think They Know China, But They Have No Idea | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Marcie Sillman talks with James Bradley, author of "The China Mirage," about our perceptions of China.
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Audio interview of James Bradley about his new book, The China Mirage, which provides historical context for understanding how the U. S. images of China and Chinese starting from 1882 when the Chinese Exclusion Act passed and continuing over the next century to determine U. S. attitudes and policies related to China.

 

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Chinatown | The Peopling of New York

Chinatown | The Peopling of New York | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A brief scholarly overview of the origins, rise, and decline of New York City's Chinatowns

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Ruling gives posthumous law license to victim of anti-Chinese 1890s

Ruling gives posthumous law license to victim of anti-Chinese 1890s | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A descendant of the wife of Hong Yen Chang was researching a book about an ancestor when she learned that her great-grand-uncle Chang had received a law degree but never practiced in California.
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This case is one of a rather delayed act of justice. In 1890, Hong Yen Chang, a graduate of Columbia University Law School and who practiced law in New York was denied admission to the bar in California due to strong anti-Chinese sentiment. On March 16, 2015, the California Supreme Court reversed that decision that awarded Chang a posthumous law license.
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Tacoma Chinese community and its painful past

Tacoma Chinese community and its painful past | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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The "Tacoma Method," as it was called, for dealing with Chinese in the 1880s was to simply expel them from the city overnight.  Over a century later, Tacoma's new method of accommodating its Chinese community is to promote reconciliation.

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Davis Woo -A Pioneer Boston Chinatown Leader

This a digital story about my grandfather, Davis Woo. He has been in the United States with his family for his whole life, making himself a second generation...
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The grandson of Davis Woo, founder of Chinese Historical Society of New England, paid tribute to him with this video overview of his life and achievements.

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Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It

Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The atmosphere was jovial as more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Santa Ana on May 25, 1906, to watch...
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What happened to the Santa Ana, California Chinatown is a story that is very similar to the fate of many other little working class Chinatowns across the agricultural and mining towns of California.

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Oregon History: Chinese-Americans

Oregon History: Chinese-Americans | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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"Chinese laborers provided much of the backbreaking toil to make the cuts for the Oregon & California Railroad as it inched southward through the Umpqua Mountains to the Rogue River Valley or on the line of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company as it stretched eastward in 1880-82 through the Columbia Gorge. Willing to endure cannery work, Chinese men by the 1870s had acquired a near monopoly of work in canneries from Astoria to The Dalles. They gutted the fish, operated the steam pressure cookers, fastened the labels, and prepared tons of cases for shipment to a world market."

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Chinese immigration and the Transcontinental railroad

Fascinating article on Chinese immigration and the transcontinental railroad. Also includes great resource links.
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Good overview of the contribution of Chinese immigrant labor toward building the transcontinental railroad in 1869.

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‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens

‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America examine cultural identity and history.
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"That show’s curators, Herb Tam and Yue Ma, have gathered artifacts around questions related to Chinese-American identity (“How do you become American?” or “What does it mean to be Chinese?”), explaining, along the way, how the museum arose out of 20th-century identity politics and set itself the task of preserving the ephemera of Chinatown. That museum’s permanent exhibition also surveys Chinese-American history, emphatically embracing the identity narrative."

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Documenting Chinatown Photographer rediscovers photos | Ragazine

Documenting Chinatown Photographer rediscovers photos | Ragazine | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
documentary photography of NYC's Chinatown
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A remarkable collection of 30+ year old photographs of Chinese immigrants in NY Chinatown by Bud Glick that are sensitive portraits that capture their living and work conditions with veracity. The discussion and commentary is excellent, especially Glick's analysis of how he views the photos when they were taken and now in retrospect. I was particularly taken by his laundry images.

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Asian Americans in the Heartland Celebrated in New Book

Asian Americans in the Heartland Celebrated in New Book | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A new book, Asian Americans in Michigan--Voices from the Midwest, is
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New book with multiple scholars writing about Asian Americans in Michigan and the midwest

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Asian American Life - January 2015 - CUNY TV

Asian American Life - January 2015 - CUNY TV | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Did you know the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the US at the same time as the first Irish? It’s part of the Chinese American experience chronicled and explored by host Ernabel Demillo at the New York Historical Society’s exhibit “Chinese A...
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Web magazine features 2015 Exhibition of N.Y. Historical Society on the transition of Chinese Americans from Exclusion (1882-1943) toward increasing Inclusion.  Opening segment features narrator Amy Chin whose family had a laundry in the Bronx. 

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San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union

San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
T he San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the …
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As the old ghetto Chinatowns romanticized by songs like 'Chinatown, My Chinatown' that attracted tourists curious about "Orientals" for decades, new forms of Chinese communities have developed such as the San Gabriel Valley in southern California.

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9-Man | Season 3 | Our Voices: Asian-Pacific Americans | America ReFramed

9-Man | Season 3 | Our Voices: Asian-Pacific Americans | America ReFramed | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A competitive Chinese-American sport, 9-Man was a way for Chinese workers to escape the day-to-day but today, it provides a lasting connection to culture and community pride. Follow several teams over the course of one season as they prepare for battle and fight for the championship in Boston. What does the future hold for this street ball battle?
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Ursula Liang's documentary about 9-Man, a uniquely Chinese-American sport actively continuing in major inner city Chinese communities in the U. S.
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CHINESE Community, Atlanta, Georgia

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A profile of the Chinese communities of Atlanta, GA. metropolitan area.  The map on p. 3 is labelled "Chinese-Born" Population, 2000, but I wonder if it should be "Chinese...irrespective of birthplace and includes American born Chinese?  In any case, the total of 13,500, which may be an underestimate, is a dramatic increase since 1965 when there were only a few hundred at most.

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The lost history of New Orleans' two Chinatowns

The lost history of New Orleans' two Chinatowns | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

New Orleans once had a Chinatown -- two, in fact. Both are long gone and barely discernible today, though artist Maria Möller hopes to change that this weekend. More on that in a minute. First, to understand how Chinatown formed,...

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An artist's installation of  lost Chinatowns of New Orleans which are described by Richard Campanella who has provided a detailed geography and chronology of the Chinese businesses that once thrived in N. O.

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Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War

Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War: In the last several decades a small group of historians, researchers, writers and civil war enthusiast
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Just published b the National Park Service: a book about the  little known contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to both sides of the Civil War conflict.

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Many Faces | Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Many Faces | Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A rich archive of personal stories on the website for the  2014-5 NY Historical Society exhibit, Chinese American: Exclusion.Inclusion. These  narratives illustrates the diversity of achievements by outstanding Chinese Americans in many areas. They describe their family roots and the role that their Chinese cultural values contributed to their success.

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Fast Facts of Locke | Locke Foundation

Fast Facts of Locke | Locke Foundation | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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Locke, a unique piece of Chinese America history in northern California that dates back from the 1860s..Today, it is a living museum of delta Chinese history.

 

Chinese laborers came to the Delta under contract to American developers built hundreds of miles of levees. They cut drainage ditches, built floodgates, and slowly piled up small levees. Between 1860 to 1880 a total of 88,000 acres was reclaimed from the Delta marshlands.After the building of the levees, Chinese remained in the Delta to become farm workers and tenant farmersLocke was a lively place in the 1920s. It had a Chinese owned movie theater called Star Theater which showed silent black and white films. A Chinese herbalist dispensed medicine and medical advice. There were six restaurants, nine grocery stores, a flour mill, a hotel, and numerous boarding houses.A gradual decline in the Delta’s Chinese population began after World War II, and population decline became more rapid in the 1950s as more and more young Chinese Americans became better educated than their parents, they rarely stayed in agricultural districts. When the state government closed down all gambling business in town, merchants started to move out, and population in town decline even faster.
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'Recovering' Chinese in Mexico

'Recovering' Chinese in Mexico
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An intriguing method of studying the history of Chinese immigrant merchants in Mexico by analysis of a sample of their letters that stamp collectors held which contained names of addresses of merchants and recipients as well as dates.

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Chinese Genealogy and Family History Resources

Chinese Genealogy and Family History Resources | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Start tracing your Chinese ancestry with several online resources. Discover your clan genealogy, immigration records, and more family history resources.
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Useful sites for Chinese genealogical research and a YouTube "tutorial" on the very precise relational terms that Chinese have for referring to family members.  Aunt or Uncle, for example, is much too vague. Chinese have a different term for an aunt or uncle depending on whether it is on the paternal or maternal side, and whether that person is older or younger than your parent.

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The Lost Chinatown of New Orleans

The Lost Chinatown of New Orleans | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
New Orleans’ once bustling Chinatown was one of the largest in the country, behind San Francisco and New York City. Due to numerous obstacles, ranging from stringent immigration policies to excessi...
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What's left of a once thriving Chinatown in New Orleans is precious little,  This post reviews the history of New Orleans' Chinatown.

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