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Hollywood Asian Stereotypes - definitions and database

Hollywood Asian Stereotypes - definitions and database | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Comprehensive definitions and database of movies with Asian stereotypes: the denigration of Asians and perpetuation of negative stereotypes has real-life consequences for Asians.
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Zak Keith documents the history of Asian stereotypes in Hollywood movies...identifying__ Ten almost exclusively used Asian stereotypes in Hollywood and the media: Perpetual foreigner Martial arts Model minority Nerd/Geek Gendered racism— sexually available female, asexual male sanctioned racial-gender coupling Inferior and subordinate to whites Mystics Archvillains Caricature Bizarre and unfathomable
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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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Chinese Roots Wiki

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A useful resource for "personal history' searches for Chinese Americans looking for family roots in China

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Not on the Menu: Corky Lee's Life and Work

One man's 40-year dedication to documenting the everyday life of Asian Americans and their fight for civil rights in New York City
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Documentary showcase of the 40 year photographic record of Chinese America by the noted activist-photographer Corky Lee.

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Guide to the Collection of Chinese Theater Images in California

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The Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library's online collection of 401 images related to Chinese Theater in California ranges from 1883-2004, although the majority of the photographs document performers and productions from the 1920s to late 1940s.

The photographs depict scenes from plays such as "Heavenly Kings" and "Princess Cheung Ping," staged at the Great China Theatre, Great Star Theatre, and other venues, shots of actors and actress such as Mei Lan-fang, Dai Ngow Lok, Ma Shi-tsang, Kwan Duk Hing, Sew Jow Lee, and Hall Fay Jing in costume, in the studio, or on stage portraying various characters such as Kuan Kung, Chu Ko-liang, and Sun Yat-sen, interiors and exterior shots of different theater buildings, and ceremonies and banquets honoring performers such as Mei Lan-fang.

A number of the photographs were taken by May's Studio. The materials were selected from four main sources -- the Wylie Wong Collection, Lois Rather Papers, Jack Chen Papers, and the Library's own Chinese Theater Collection.

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An American Story on Display at the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum

An American Story on Display at the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Local preservationists are working hard to preserve a culturally distinct yet wholly American story in Mississippi.
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Preserving memories of the Chinese communities of the Mississippi Delta at the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum in Cleveland, MS.

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DetroitChinatown.org

DetroitChinatown.org | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A collection of newspaper clippings, interviews, documents related to the Detroit Chinatown from its beginnings to around 1960s.  No longer maintained or updated, but has valuable archival material collected by Chelsea Zuzindiak around 2008.

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Astoria's 'Garden of Surging Waves' set to open after winding journey

Astoria's 'Garden of Surging Waves' set to open after winding journey | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
It has taken nine years, $3 million -- a third of which was donated -- and at times, some thick skin to deal with the criticism of Astorians growing impatient. But today, most agree, this little park has been well worth the wait.
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 "Garden of Surging Waves" in Astoria, Oregon opened last week, Designed by Suenn Ho's, the site gives belated recognition to the pioneer Chinese who came in the late 1800s and helped develop the region even though they were mistreated badly. The project will be expanded and recognize the heritages of other ethnic groups in the region.

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Chinese Immigration and the Chinese in the United States

Information about NARA facilities nationwide.
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This government resource is vital for anyone seeking immigration files related to Chinese immigrants during the Chinese Exclusion era (1910-1943),  In summary, the site has links to:

 

a brief history of the Federal agency that created or received the records; the Regional Archives that holds the records;the specific source (usually the local office of a Federal agency) of the records;description(s) of the records including, whenever possible, date span, quantity, system of arrangement, availability and explanation of finding aids, reference to related microfilm publications, and other information useful to researchers.
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Washington State Historical Society: Middle School Curriculum on Chinese Exclusion

Washington State Historical Society: Middle School Curriculum on Chinese Exclusion | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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This curriculum asks students to examine specific legislation and determine the stakeholders and parties involved, using the 1885 expulsion of Chinese people in Tacoma as a case study. Students are asked to define values and issues related to the events of the late 1880’s in their examination of this time period and its influence on Northwest communities. They will then examine the relevance of this subject to modern constitutional issues through classroom discourse and a position paper on a contemporary topic or a local manifestation of this Act.

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2006 WWAAC Mini Documentary - A Passage to the Deep South - YouTube

The Passage to the Deep South" -- the history and struggles of Asian Americans coming to the state of Georgia. Produced and voiced by Sachi Koto.
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Overview of the history of the Asian American community in Georgia, with emphasis on the pan Asian growth in Atlanta.

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The future of Old Town Chinatown: Asian-American community and supporters hope influx of cash can preserve history

The future of Old Town Chinatown: Asian-American community and supporters hope influx of cash can preserve history | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Portland leaders want to inject millions into the central city's oldest and most challenged neighborhood. What will that mean for Old Town Chinatown's historic character?
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The historic Chinatown of Portland, like most other Chinatowns of America, is facing an uncertain future.  A 5 year development plan aims to revive Portland's Chinatown to attract more tourism and better housing. The proposal covers only new building, which is meeting some resistance as there is no funding for preservation of historic structures..

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My China Roots | Find your roots & ancestral village

My China Roots | Find your roots & ancestral village | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Find your roots & ancestral village
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An impressive site about the Chinese diaspora to many parts of the world, not just North America and Southeast Asia. Check the 48 "slides" on the home page of this site. Disclaimer: The site also provides fee-based genealogical services which I am neither for or against and I get no finder's fees.
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Descendants of Chinese RailRoad Workers

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An overview of ongoing research at Stanford University Railroad Worker descendant interviews project to hear their stories about the Chinese who helped build the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

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Chinese-Canadian Genealogy - Basics

Chinese-Canadian Genealogy - Basics | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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Although designed for Chinese Canadian genealogy, this outstanding site from the Vancouver, B. C. library is quite applicable for Chinese American roots,  Be sure to examine all the pages which provide additional details and links to other resources.

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You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should

You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
It wasn't easy being Chinese American in the early days. From exclusionary laws to the racist caricatures that dotted newspaper comic pages, America wasn't exactly laying down the welcome mat.

And yet, there were success stories. The Chinese Ameri...
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Only a brief overview of some pioneering earlier Chinese Americans, but useful in attracting attention and appreciation from people unfamiliar with the difficult lives of Chinese in this country in the past
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The Other Side [Pacific Asia Museum] EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 17!

The Other Side [Pacific Asia Museum] EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 17! | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Welcome to USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
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A collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences. Through the works of five contemporary artists, we explore the recurring issues of immigration, border relations and labor practices that have persisted throughout U.S. history and remain timely today.

 

Artists featured include Zhi Lin, Hung Liu, Andrea Bowers, Tony de Los Reyes and Margarita Cabrera.

To view the exhibition brochure, click here.

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Artist Talk
Sunday, July 13 at 2 pm
In recent works, internationally acclaimed artist Zhi Lin has explored the experiences of 19th century Chinese railway workers.  His deeply moving drawings documenting the individual workers and geography of the Transcontinental Railway were featured in the museum exhibition Chinaman's Chance in 2008.

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Chinese immigrants helped build, feed early Nevada

Chinese immigrants helped build, feed early Nevada | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
On a stroll down Spring Mountain Road, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the Asian cultures it represents. The area is known as Chinatown, but it’s home to Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese eateries, shops and cultural amenities.
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Overview of Nevada's rich history of Chinese immigrants that has not received as much recognition as it deserves.

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Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest

Here are the slides and screenshots that accompany my presentation on how to use Heritage Quest for genealogical research.
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An excellent slide presentation guide created by a reference librarian for using Heritage Quest (HQ), a useful resource for historical and genealogical research using the U. S. Census.  If your local library subscribes to HQ, you should be able to access it from your home computer via the Internet. It is a good alternative to the better known Ancestry.com database.

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Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial - YouTube

During the 1860's, it's estimated about 1200 Chinese died while building the Transcontinental railroad through the treacherous Sierra Nevadas. 2015 will mark...
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Background and rationale for plans to create a long overdue appropriate and artistic memorial to recognize the substantial contributions of Chinese railroad workers whose labors were a significant factor on the completion of the transcontinental railroad

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Chinese - Encyclopedia of Arkansas

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A brief history of Chinese on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River shows a similar background and experience to that of the more numerous Chinese in Mississippi along the delta.  

 

"Life for the Chinese grocery store owners (in Arkansas) was a simple one. In the early days, many families lived where they worked, sharing a back room as living quarters while they tended the store in the front. Their mostly African-American clientele and location in mostly black neighborhoods made them a target of racial discrimination. Some of the bachelors who married local women became targets for discrimination on both sides. However, unlike in other states in the South such as Mississippi, the Chinese in Arkansas enjoyed some privileges that were not afforded to other minorities. For example, some Chinese families sent their children to all-white schools and attended all-white church services. By this time, the Chinese had come to understand the power dynamics of the region, and many families presented themselves in a way to preserve this racial hierarchy."

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Brooklyn's Chinese Pioneers by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Spring 2014

Brooklyn's Chinese Pioneers by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Spring 2014 | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Hardworking Fujianese immigrants use the borough as a launching pad to the middle class.
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The earliest Chinese immigrants to the U. S. came from Guangdong province but since the late 1960s, thousands of mostly poor and sometimes undocumented immigrants from the province of Fujian have crammed themselves into dorm-like quarters, working brutally long hours waiting tables, washing dishes, and cleaning hotel rooms—and sending their Chinese-speaking children to the city’s elite public schools and on to various universities. What started with a few hundred Fujianese pioneers a few decades ago is now New York City’s most populous Chinatown in Sunset Park section of Brooklyn—considerably larger than Manhattan’s and bigger even than Flushing’s Sunset Park bustles with Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and stores..
Despite their poverty, and other adverse living situation, their children seem to be achieving success academically.... This article tries to explain how cultural factors make this possible.

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Di Zi Gui Web Page 弟子规网页,简体 - Tsoidug Website, Simplified Chinese

Di Zi Gui Web Page 弟子规网页,简体 - Tsoidug Website, Simplified Chinese | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A look at ancient principles of conduct that guided Chinese culture for centuries. Is it still relevant today? This site explains "Di Zi Gui" and maintains: "If left unarmed with some accurate knowledge of Chinese culture such as that provided by Di Zi Gui, Chinese children will grow up to be ashamed of their heritage, of their parents and eventually of themselves. Then they won't have the self esteem or inner strength necessary to become good, smart and capable persons. The Chinese cultural heritage is more than just kungfu, Chinese food, Chinese dress, or Chinese paintings. Even more important, Chinese culture also includes an intellectual heritage thousands of years old, an intellectual heritage of thought, philosophy, norms and mores, some important aspects of which are quite unique. It is exactly this intellectual part of Chinese culture that is most important to Chinese identity, pride and self-confidence."
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What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?

What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown? | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?  Remembering Chinatown’s soul I spent many days and weekends in Vancouver’s Chinatown helping my dad at his office.  He worked in the building o...
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A lament about the deplorable state of Vancouver's historic Pender Street Chinatown and a bold outline of ways to preserve, protect, and improve it to make it a viable community again.

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'Sweet and Sour" Q & A After Book Talk by John Jung in Chicago, 2011 - YouTube

John Jung, author of 'Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants.' discusses Chinese restaurant history and related topics raised during Q & A period...
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Q & A following 2011 talk on history of Chinese family restaurants at Chinese American Museum of Chicago focuses on current, and future, prospects for this iconic Chinese business.

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Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest

Exhibit follows Asian pioneers in the Northwest | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

caption id= align=alignnone width=500 Chinese American boys gather around a game of mah jong in 1938 at the Airport Way immigration station. (Photo courtesy
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Wing Luke Museum in Seattle has a current exhibition, GRIT,  through Oct. 19, 2014, that traces the footsteps of Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest with photographs and oral histories

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Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:CHINESE

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:CHINESE | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A brief history of Chinese in Cleveland, Ohio.

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