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A Makeover for Chinatown’s Garment Industry

A Makeover for Chinatown’s Garment Industry | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Visitors to the address would have found an entirely different scene ten or fifteen years ago. Before it was a fashion headquarters, the building was a garment factory...
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a good depiction of the historical changes in the sweat shops of the garment industry that was once the major source of work, albeit, slave labor, for Chinese immigrant women in NY, (and SF), but no longer today.
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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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‘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

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
» 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 

My Immigration Story: Angel Island  | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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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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A Modern Dance View of Chinese Life in the Deep South: "South of Gold Mountain"

A Modern Dance View of Chinese Life in the Deep South: "South of Gold Mountain" | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

 

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The history of Chinese in the Deep South from the late 19th to mid 20th century is unknown to most people.  H.T. Chen and Dian Dong of the NY Chinatown H.T. Chen Dance Center were intrigued  about their lives and developed South of Gold Mountain (SOGM) a modern dance performance as an homage to the lives of Chinese grocers, laundrymen, and restaurateurs in the American South. Performances in several southern sites as well as in NYC have been well received and in 2016 it will be performed in Houston and Williamstown, MA.
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United States Immigration Station (USIS) – Angel Island Conservancy

United States Immigration Station (USIS) – Angel Island Conservancy | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Restored barracks where Chinese immigrants were detained at Angel Island
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Angel Island Immigration Station is where thousands of Chinese and other Asian rim immigrants were detained, interrogated and either admitted or deported during the years, 1910-1940.. After WWII, the Immigration Station was relocated from the island and the abandoned facility fell into disrepair .and was scheduled to be demolished.

 In 1970, Park Ranger Alexander Weiss toured the building and detected Chinese characters carved into the barracks walls. Through his efforts, those of Paul Chow and the Angel Island Immigration Station Historical Advisory Committee special legislation was passed in 1976 for preservation and restoration: of the detention barracks, and its Chinese poetry saved. 

 The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) today focuses on preservation and educational efforts regarding the site and the role of Pacific Rim immigration in U.S. history.
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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

San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America to Receive Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition from the New-York Historical Society | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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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Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking

Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Many wealthy Chinese are moving their families and riches to Western cities like Vancouver, where their children show off cars and diamond-encrusted watches.
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Although the NY Times article is about the fuerdai, "spoiled rotten" ill-mannered young adult children of wealthy Chinese now flaunting their wealth in Vancouver, it could apply to many areas of the U. S. such as Orange County, where the University of California, Irvine or UCI is jokingly also called University of Chinese Immigrants.  

There is a big disconnect, or rather lack of connect, between this cohort and the ABC (American Born Chinese) and CBC (Canadian Born Chinese) descendants of the 19th century Chinese who initially came to the U. S. and Canada from Guangdong to labor on the railroad construction, work in laundries, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Unfortunately, in the eyes of non-Chinese, the fuerdai and the ABCs will both be considered "Chinese American" or "Chinese Canadian."  The long and difficult improvement in the status of Chinese Americans and Chinese Canadians over the past century is being jeopardized by the fuerdai generation.  

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Tweet from @jrjung

Tweet from @jrjung | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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"The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era. 

 The film’s importance arises not only from its focus on an almost unknown Chinese community in the heart of the Deep South, but also from what it reveals about the immigrant experience in America. It can certainly invites discussion of some of the issues engaging the US currently."
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