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Emma Jinhua Teng's "Eurasian"

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New book describes the diversity of attitudes toward Chinese-caucasian interracial marriages in the late 19th and early 20th century held in America and China.

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Two Curated Collections of Websites on Chinese American History, Past and Present

http://chineseamericanhistorian.blogspot.com

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My 2 curated collections of websites on Chinese American history, past and present, on Scoop.It.

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Chinese Immigrants in the United States

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With the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 and normalization of U.S.-China relations in the late 1970s, Chinese immigration to the United States has steadily increased, to a population of more than 2 million. Using the latest data, this Spotlight highlights characteristics of Chinese immigrants from mainland China and Hong Kong, including their top state and metro areas of residence, immigration pathways, educational attainment, and more.
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"Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau (the most recent 2013 American Community Survey [ACS] as well as pooled 2009-13 ACS data), the Department of Homeland Security’s Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, and the World Bank's annual remittance data, this Spotlight provides information on the Chinese immigrant population in the United States, focusing on its size, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics. 

√Distribution by State and Key Cities
√ English Proficiency 
√Educational and Professional Attainment Income and Poverty
√ Immigration Pathways and Naturalization 
√Health Coverage 
√Diaspora Remittances  
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Recipes and stories from China Alley

Recipes and stories from China Alley | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The recipe I’m sharing with you this week came to me in what I can only describe as part of China Alley’s magical, mysterious and serendipitous aura. Sometimes when I’m
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Arianne Wing, a descendant of Richard Wing, the founder of the Imperial Dynasty, a legendary and pioneering Chinoise restaurant in historic China Alley of Hanford, California shares recipes, some only recently discovered, in a series of articles in the Hanford Sentinel.  
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‘Wealth and Power,’ by Orville Schell and John Delury

‘Wealth and Power,’ by Orville Schell and John Delury | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Two scholars argue that the humiliation of defeat by foreigners has been a nationalist rallying cry in modern China.
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A review of "Wealth and Power" by Orville Schell and John Delury. They analyze the thinking of 11 influential Chinese leaders over the past century and a half to see how China used the sense of shame and humiliation it endured from its defeat in 1842 in the first of two Opium wars to reverse its place in the world and become a dominant force in the world today. China turned away from Confucian thought and sought to become modern and incorporate ideas from the west.
The authors suggest that to understand China today it is necessary to analyze the powerful influence of the sense of shame created by its defeat by the western powers a century and a half ago, but going forward, it might be better to "get over it."
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Multiracial Asian Families: "Passing" "Presenting" & the Troubled Language of Mixed Race

Multiracial Asian Families: "Passing" "Presenting" & the Troubled Language of Mixed Race | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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       As society's barriers between ethnic-racial groups have lessened over the past generation, thankfully , a new concern is rapidly increasing.  With the growing number of mixed race families, an important need is to study the challenges of raising children in multiracial families. 
       How do, or should, mixed race children "present' themselves racially and how does society perceive them racially. 
       In her book, Sharon Chang addresses these issues for children in mixed race Asian families where one parent is Asian and the other, white.
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Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

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» Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners
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Overview of history of Chinese in the Pacific Northwest and the difficulty of getting more recent generations of Chinese interested and informed about the racism that the pioneers faced.  "The remarkable role their ancestors played in opening the West, some of these Chinese-Americans say, can’t be fully appreciated without swallowing hard and reconciling the ugliness that long lived alongside it. And that understanding must extend to younger Chinese-Americans as well as recent immigrants."
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My Immigration Story: Angel Island 

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"...from my K-12 schooling. I never learned about my history as a Chinese American or Asian American....

I grew up my whole life in the Bay Area with Angel Island in our backyard. Yet, I had never been to the Immigration Station. Stepping foot in the very same space and buildings my grandparents were in the very first time they stepped foot in US soil was heart wrenching knowing what they went through to come to the US and in the inhumane conditions that they were kept in while basically being imprisoned there. 

 With my newfound appreciation for history, I realized that America does not learn from its mistakes in mistreating immigrants. Today, refugees from Central America are still being treated in similar ways as my ancestors were treated over seventy years ago. What I learned through my own history is that immigration is not just a Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian, Mexican, Salvadorian, or Guatemalan issue. It is a human rights issue."
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Chinese American Genealogy

Live broadcast: 1/21/2016 Presented by: Alice Kane Chinese-American family history research can be conducted using standard genealogical resources such a
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A thorough and expert 1 hour guide by Alice Kane from New England Historic Genealogical Society  for genealogical research on Chinese Americans including historical context. For additional help: http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/chinese-american-guide
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My Chinese Wonders If It’s White Enough            LTABMA '16 Finals 

LISTEN to more SlamFind poems on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1Y1Jtrq -&- DOWNLOAD SlamFind app for iPhone: http://bit.ly/1oRaW0k & Android
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A brilliant, eloquent, and insightful slam poem from an 18 year old about the negative impact on Chinese in America created by the history of their experiences with racism, both blatant and subtle.
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One Family's Ties with railroad work and Flying Tigers

One Family's Ties with railroad work and Flying Tigers | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
This article describes the ties of several Chinese with the fabled Flying Tigers pilots who fought in WW II.  One of the fascinating accounts is the description by Bill Chen about the linkage between his grandfather who worked on the building of  the transcontinental railroad,. his father, an ace pilot, who was part of the Flying Tigers during WW II, and himself, the first Chinese American two-star general and one who continues to document the history of the Flying Tigers. 
To see the full article, use the link to access the May 2016 issue of China Insight, pages 10-11.
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Prominent Chinese-Americans Authors & Writers

Prominent Chinese-Americans Authors & Writers | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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Biosketches and portraits by Jason Jem of prominent Chinese American authors and writers.
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Prominent Chinese-Americans Attorneys, Judges & Politicians

Prominent Chinese-Americans Attorneys, Judges & Politicians | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Portraits and biosketches of leading Chinese American Attorneys, Judges and Politicians
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Brief bios of leading Chinese American attorneys, judges, and politicians with portraits by photographer Jason Jem
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Chinese Laundry Kids Stories at Foo’s Ho Ho in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Chinese Laundry Kids Stories at Foo’s Ho Ho in Vancouver’s Chinatown | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Suanne and I had such a wonderful time last week that I decided to write about this blog post out of sequence. LotusRapper alerted us to this event in Chinatown that truly intrigues me. As you know, I had been doing a lot of research on Chinese cuisines through the Eight Great Traditions of Chinese…
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Before Foo's Ho Ho,  the iconic Vancouver Chinese restaurant on Pender Street in the heart of old Chinatown, finally had to close its doors and become part of history, a  fundraiser dinner in 2010 brought together a feast of classic Toishan village dishes and talks about Chinese American and Chinese Canadian history by Elwin Xie, John Jung, and Judy Fong Bates, all of whom grew up in family run Chinese laundries.
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Research your family’s immigration history

Research your family’s immigration history | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Look for your family’s immigration and naturalization records
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. This site has resources to help you do genealogical research.

Its Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.

Do-it-yourself genealogical research for Chinese is especially difficult and the USCIS program may be more effective and time saving for most people.
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Poetry From the Schoolyard: A-Z American Born Chinese

Poetry From the Schoolyard: A-Z American Born Chinese | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
'I remember when I first learned my ABCs. A is for apple, B is for bird, and C is for cat, but further experience taught me, that ABC means American Born Chinese.'
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When 12-year-old Sophia Huynh was assigned to write a poem about a social issue for her seventh grade class, she wrote “A-Z American Born Chinese,” an insightful take on race, ethnicity, and the condition of growing up Asian American. Discussing the stereotypes that she faces in school, Sophia illustrates the struggle of negotiating the expectations placed on her by others.

Sophia is only 12, but she sure can slam, and has great future promise!
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Chinatown Atlas

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This creative website provides the story of Boston Chinatown’s history, dynamics, and context to encourage future generations to appreciate the traditions and to preserve the community’s vitality. The Chinatown Atlas concept originated more than 20-years ago between Tunney Lee and Randall Imai through a series illustrations of Chinatown. 
 This website complements the work of the Chinese Historical Society of New England, whose mission is to document, preserve, and promote the history and legacy of the Chinese community in New England.
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Archeological Study of Chinatown -  San Luis Obispo, CA.  New Times SLO

Archeological Study of Chinatown -  San Luis Obispo, CA.  New Times SLO | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

Some of the artifacts include a collection of Chinese whiskey or ng ka py jars.  PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE COUNTY ARCHAEOLOGY

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         San Luis Obispo, about half way down the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, had a large Chinese population during the late 19th century but now little is left of its Chinatown.  
         In 1997, John Parker and a team of archaeologists and volunteers began cleaning, sorting, and cataloging 5 tons of materials recovered from the former SLO Chinatown. They unearthed a wealth of artifacts  that have not yet been thoroughly analyzed and categorized due to lack of funding and other problems. This article describes some of the obstacles and problems over two decades in doing this research, which is yet to be done. 
      Recently, the artifact collection has been turned over to Sonoma State University Anthropological Studies Center directed byAdrian Praetzellis, a professor of anthropology, for further analysis. 
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San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America to Receive Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition from the New-York Historical Society

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San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America to Receive Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition from the New-York Historical Society
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San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America is the new home for the outstanding Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition that was at the New-York Historical Society from late September, 2014 to mid April, 2015.  For those who do not live in or get to visit New York or San Francisco, this excellent blog post by Lia Chang will give you a good overview of the exhibition.
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"Yellow Face" the documentary part 1 of 5

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Thoughtful documentary (split into 5 YouTube segments) raises issues regarding "yellowface" in movie casting as well as animated movies where Asian characters are played by 'made up' white actors. Interviews with young people of different ethnicities show the divided opinions, Comparisons with 'blackface' are raised to show parallels. Also discussed is model minority, racial stereotyping, institutional racism, and anti-Asian attitudes.
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Bok Kai Temple Museum Kickstarter Video

 A Kickstarter Campaign raised $10,000 dollars to create a museum within the Council Chambers of the historic Bok Kai Temple in Marysville, CA.

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The historic Bok Kai Temple in Marysville is largely unknown, but it played an important role for many early Chinese immigrants in this city that was a launching point for many who were headed to search for gold in the mountains to the east. Many artifacts in the temple need to be preserved, identified, and made available in a proposed Museum on the site.  For more info: https://youtu.be/EQCPSjSFcyE
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My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves

My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
President Obama recently signed a bill striking the term "Oriental" from federal law. It was a reminder for NPR's Kat Chow of the fact that her father still uses the word — to describe himself.
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Will ending the use of archaic labels like "Oriental" make a difference in attitudes toward Asians? A young Chinese American describes her uncomfortable feelings when she hears her immigrant father who still uses "Oriental", and ponders,

 "We can wish and wish and wish for someone to change. We can think that by using this word, and not that... they can make things better or easier for themselves — and by extension, us. But all that wishing won't matter if the rest of the world refuses to bend."
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yellowface

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Yellowface (1700s- ) is where someone of another race is made to look East Asian. Hollywood has been doing it for over a hundred years. Like blackface, it is dehumanizing and pushes stereotypes. An extremely incomplete list: 1870s: minstrel shows 1885: The Mikado - still being presented in yellowface in 2014 1908: New York Age 1915: Madame Butterfly…
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A chronology of some of the more egregious examples of "yellowface" in Hollywood motion pictures. The demaning practice has a long history and doesn't seem to have stopped in recent years.
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Asian American Legal Foundation:  Historical Mission

Asian American Legal Foundation:  Historical Mission | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The Asian American Legal Foundation was founded to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans and of all Americans.
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The Asian American Legal Foundation ("AALF") is a non-profit organization, based in an Francisco, California. It was founded to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans, but is dedicated to the principle that Americans of all races and ethnicities have the right to be treated as individuals, free of discrimination. AALF is recognized as a non-profit entity with 501(c)(3) status, and donations to AALF are tax deductible.
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Prominent Chinese-American Actors, Artists & Musicians

Prominent Chinese-American Actors, Artists & Musicians | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Bios and portraits by photographer Jason Jem of some leading Chinese American actors, artists, and musicians.
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Bios and portraits by photographer Jason Jem of some leading Chinese American actors, artists, and musicians.
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Films

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THE BAND WITH NO NAME Film Company
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Benjamin To is a writer, director, and producer who founded The BAND WITH NO NAME Film Company. His work has been featured in numerous publications, such as The Huffington Post, NBC News, and the Los Angeles Times, for creating artistic discussions about race relations, diversity in media, and gender equality.

 His series of LIFE STORIES consist of interviews (about 20 so far) that explore Asian American identity, often illuminating the influence of Asian American history. These interviews raise awareness and spark dialogue about the Asian American experience, as well as other communities of color, to provide a platform for their voices to be heard.
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Chinese Laundries and Advertising “Humor”

Chinese Laundries and Advertising “Humor” | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Chinese laundries have been used in many advertisements, usually in a way that pokes fun.  One old print ad for a home washing machine shows several Chinese men, presumably laundrymen, standing around it with a puzzled look. A television commercial in the 1970s for a laundry product suggests that the Chinese laundry used it for getting…
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Chinese immigrants worked in laundries for over a century as other opportunities were denied to them. The Chinese laundryman became a stereotypical image and one that was often the butt of racist jokes and jibes. Laundrymen were used in advertisements with 'gentle humor' in these two promotions for home washing machines and detergents in the mid 20th century. However, the third ad in 2014 took a decidedly different approach that illustrated the abuse that laundrymen often took from customers.  The ending will surprise you!
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