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Magnolias and Chopsticks: The Mississippi Delta Chinese Experience Part 1 | MPB News

Magnolias and Chopsticks: The Mississippi Delta Chinese Experience Part 1 | MPB News | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The Chinese of the Mississippi Delta are an often-overlooked part of the history of the Deep South.
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MS Public Radio interviews several Chinese from grocery store families that were all over the Delta for decades, but are fast vanishing into history.  I also was part of the interview,

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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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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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Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Reflections/Reunion, Oct. 24-25, 2014

Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Reflections/Reunion, Oct. 24-25, 2014 | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Stories about the lives and contributions of Chinese grocers in the Mississippi Delta. This was the primary business of these immigrants from around 1900 to around the 1970s, and they were an important part of the communities throughout the region.
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Remembering and preserving family histories before they are lost is a critical task that is often delayed or avoided. The Mississiippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, held a 2-day event, Reflections and Reunion, to address this goal on Oct. 24-25, attracting over 200 participants from across the country.

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Chinese & Chinese-Americans in Hollywood share their stories - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

Chinese & Chinese-Americans in Hollywood share their stories - CCTV News - CCTV.com English | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
It's been a long, hard road for Chinese people in Hollywood, as they have striven to build meaningful careers behind and in front of the camera.
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CCTV interviews of some Chinese and Chinese American actors, directors, and others making an impact as they succeed in Hollywood where they have long been absent or relegated to minor and stereotyped roles.

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Amy Chin @ CHINESE AMERICAN: EXCLUSION / INCLUSION (Clip No. 2) - YouTube

Clip No. 2: Amy Chin of New York takes us on a docent's tour of the exhibit and talks about the history of the Chin Family in America through the graphic nov...
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Amy Chin describes the use of a graphic novel format presentation of her family history in America over a century as part of the Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition in New York.

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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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NY Times review of two exhibitions on the history of Chinese in America currently on display in New York City.  The scope of coverage is more extensive than usually presented, going back much further than railroad workers or gold miners.  The reviewer felt large gaps existed in coverage since the late 19th century. I guess you can only cover so much, and choices have to be made. That said, it is significant that these exhibitions have been assembled for, hopefully, a larger audience.

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RootsWeb.com Home Page

RootsWeb - the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.
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Resources and guides related to use of Ancestry.com  

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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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Fighting for the Dream

Fighting for the Dream | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Fighting for the Dream
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Website for Victoria Moy's excellent new book with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California of interviews of a sample of Chinese American veterans about their military experiences.

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SinoVision English Channel

SinoVision English Channel | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The Museum of Chinese in America is exploring the evolution of the Chinese American identity as told through its own rich collection in its new
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Issues of identity among Chinese and how it develops and evolves over history are explored in the Waves of Identity exhibition now at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York Chinatown until March 1, 2015.

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Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion (Clip No. 1: An Introduction) - YouTube

Clip No. 1: An introduction of the exhibit by Amy Chin & Corky Lee @ the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City, New York 10024 on...
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Amy Chin and Corky Lee introduce the exhibition of the New York Historical Society on CHINESE AMERICAN: Exclusion/Inclusion
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Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-40, Second Edition - YouTube

*Forthcoming Fall 2014* By Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim, and Judy Yung "For thirty years, from 1910 to 1940, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was the first, ofte...
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 In marked contrast to New York's Ellis Island where the welcome watchword was "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." insight, Chinese immigrants from 1910 to 1940 were detained, often for many weeks, interrogated, and sometimes denied entry to the U.S. at Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.

      The Second Edition of ISLAND is a collection of the many poignant poems etched on the wooden walls by despondent detainees, which were not discovered until the barracks were about to be demolished after the  Angel Island Immigration Station closed in 1940.

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Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.com

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.
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 It is comprehensive and worthwhile if you are seriously involved with genealogical searching.

It is a  paid site but it does offer a free 14 day trial. (They give you no hassles if you want to terminate during the free period)  

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