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Chinese Eatery Names, by the Numbers

Chinese Eatery Names, by the Numbers | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
by Frank Shyong INTRODUCTION It is not too bold of an assumption to say we have all eaten at a Chinese restaurant named Golden Dragon or Hunan Garden at some point in our lives. The English names o...
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An examination, that is not claimed to be scientific,  of the most popular 'concepts' represented in the names of Chinese restaurants found in a database covering three decades.  Speculations about why many of the names are repetitious. One historical comparison that was included showed that "Oriental" showed a drop since the 1990s.

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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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MooseRoots | A Genealogy Research Engine

MooseRoots | A Genealogy Research Engine | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
MooseRoots combines historical records with supporting information (names origin, place demographics, etc) to provide unique insights into your family's past
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Never mind the name, MooseRoots, this site gives you access to several useful public domain archives including census, immigration, birth, death, marriage, divorce records.  Not specific to Chinese, but one way to narrow down the yield for early immigrants is to enter CHINA in the box for birthplace.  It is not perfect, but helpful (you also get caucasians who were born in China, for example).  Caveat: although some people complain that these records invade their privacy and put them at risk for identity theft, note that MooseRoots is the the creator of these databases.  They already exist online or in archives and court records.

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History

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Narrating the Chinese Vietnamese Identity is an oral history project that
investigates the histories, cultural backgrounds, communities, and pre- and
post- migration identities of the first and second generation of Chinese
Vietnamese in America.
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Site exploring the identity of Chinese in America with Vietnamese roots, a large and growing subpopulation since the fall of Saigon in 1975 led to a large Vietnamese refugee resettlement in the U. S. and Canada.

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Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. 'YC Hong' show honors Chinese American legal pioneer

Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.       'YC Hong' show honors Chinese American legal pioneer | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Among many other things, You Chung Hong, one of the leading Chinese American Californians of the generation born around 1900, was active in Republican politics.
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You Chung Hong (1898 – 1977) in 1923 was the first Chinese American to pass the California Bar Exam. He was a staunch advocate for the civil rights of Chinese in America.

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Review: H.T. Chen and Dancers' "South of Gold Mountain" - StageBuddy.com

Review: H.T. Chen and Dancers' "South of Gold Mountain" - StageBuddy.com | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
REVIEW H.T. Chen and Dancers presented the New York premiere of South of Gold Mountain, October 15-18 at New York Live Arts.
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Experiencing the history of early Chinese immigrants and their families in the Deep South through modern dance in "South of Gold Mountain,"  a tribute created and performed by the H. T. Chen Dance Center of New York.

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How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown? -- NYMag

How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown? -- NYMag | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Against all odds, an ethnic monolith still exists within the most gentrified island on Earth. In part because of these 21 people.
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A behind the scenes examination of New York Chinatown community leaders who have fought to preserve it against outside interests takeover for gentrification and development.

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Chinese Canadian Women Project - 1923-1967

Chinese Canadian Women Project - 1923-1967 | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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An outstanding exhibit on this website documenting the history of the social changes in the roles and status of Chinese women in Canada from the exclusion years up to the late 60s.  Audio interviews accompany the remarkable photographs.  The experiences closely parallel those of Chinese women in the U. S.

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The Complicated Chinese Family Tree - YouTube

Poster available for sale now!: http://e.ntd.tv/YKXDmi We've fixed our boo boos, straightened out the lines and added pinyin! Please support our show: https:...
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Chinese terms for family relationships are much more explicit and precise than American terms. Useful info for any Chinese wanting to create their family tree!

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Why are thousands of Chicago's Chinese buried out in Stickney?

Why are thousands of Chicago's Chinese buried out in Stickney? | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Chicago’s Chinese flock to a little known southwest suburb in droves at least twice a year, bearing food, paper effigies and more. WBEZ’s Monica Eng explores this ritual for Asian American Heritage Month.
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Observations about where and why earlier generations of Chinese in Chicago were buried in certain cemeteries. Description of Chinese practices and customs at grave sites that are different from those of western cultures.

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Tracing Chinese Anerican Family Records . Part 2, Raymond Lum, June 2015, pages 10-11

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Part 2 of the excellent intro to the complexities of finding Chinese ancestral roots by Raymond Lum, retired librarian, Harvard University.  pages 10-11

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One Hour Special with Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan on Chinese Restaurants | Chinese Canadian Stories

One Hour Special with Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan on Chinese Restaurants | Chinese Canadian Stories | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Saltwater City Television presents a one hour special with filmmaker Cheuk Kwan of the award-winning “Chinese Restaurants
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Canadian filmmaker Cheuk Kwan's insightful look at the lives of Chinese restaurateurs in 15 countries. Interviews about how these Chinese came to immigrate to their new homelands and what it is like to operate Chinese restaurants often where there are few, if any, Chinese in their communities

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MOCA Online Collections

MOCA Online Collections | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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New York's Museum of Chinese in America has an online searchable database of ephemera images and documents on Chinese American history.

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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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The life, death, and small beginnings of rebirth

The life, death, and small beginnings of rebirth | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
We were seated at a long, communal table at Harry’s Detroit bar just off Cass. To our right was a group of suburbanite wannabe foodies...
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A nostalgic look back at what was once a thriving Chinatown in Detroit and analysis of factors leading to its demise since the middle of the last century up to a small attempt to capture and rebuild a bit of old Chinatown

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Capturing the Bay Area’s Chinese Maritime History | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Capturing the Bay Area’s Chinese Maritime History | National Trust for Historic Preservation | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A San Francisco Bay Area artist researches and documents the region's long-forgotten Chinese maritime history.
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An artistic and scientific achievement by artist Rene Yung and her team in tracing and exploring  the several lucrative Chinese  shrimp fishing sites on San Francisco bay in the mid 19th century, of which only the one at China Camp remains. Using a replica of a Chinese junk, named the Grace Quan, the team sailed to these original sites.  The project is presented as Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles, an immersive multimedia installation on display at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park visitor center near the north end of Polk Street. 


An informative video of this invaluable project can be seen at: http://chinese-whispers.org/bay-chronicles/

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Washington State Asian Americans: A History Bursting With Telling

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School curriculum for teaching Asian American history in Washington State

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Y. C. Hong

Y. C. Hong | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. exhibition (Nov 21-March 21, 2016)  "Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion” examines Chinese-American immigration in early 20th-century Los Angeles. As one of the first Chinese-Americans to pass the California Bar, Hong (1898-1977) was a major figure in the Los Angeles Chinese community during the period of the Chinese Exclusion Act and beyond.

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How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia : Code Switch : NPR

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia : Code Switch : NPR | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas' 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
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How a musical 'stereotype' or sound to depict Chinese Americans developed.

 

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Chinese American history in New Mexico

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Brief history of Chinese immigration and communities in New Mexico.

Histories of several prominent individual families are presented in more detail such as the:

Wing Ong family

http://www.unm.edu/~toh/china/story-04.html

Jeung family 

http://www.unm.edu/~toh/china/story-05.html

Tang family

http://www.unm.edu/~toh/china/story-06.html

 

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An Intimate Side Of Chinatown That Most Outsiders Never See

An Intimate Side Of Chinatown That Most Outsiders Never See | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In a new series entitled “My Home,” photographer Louis Chan turns his lens on the private rooms of households much like the one he grew up in: working class, Chinese American families, mos
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Behind the facades of Chinatown created to attract tourists to an 'exotic' space, lies the crowded hidden spaces where Chinese immigrant families live. These hovels that are homes to many are fast "disappearing into history" and Louis Chan has managed to capture the look and feel of the pragmatic and frugal lifestyles of its inhabitants.

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Wok Away: Cantonese Food in the Valley Soon May Be a Thing of the Past

Wok Away: Cantonese Food in the Valley Soon May Be a Thing of the Past | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Helen Yung earns her living making ice cream, but for her, Chinese food is serious business. On a Saturday afternoon in July, she arrives at New Hong Kong Restaurant in Central Phoenix with two canvas bags. One's full of glass food-storage containers. Yung always brings a bag of containers when...
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Although this excellent article by Lauren Sauria deals specifically with the evolving trends in "Chinese food" served in Phoenix, the story is much the same in larger cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.  Sauria provides a good overview of the history of Chinese restaurant cuisine changes, and the reasons for them, in the U. S.  that apply in many other countries where Chinese from Guangdong settled from the mid to late 19th century.

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Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, Seattle National Archive Examples

Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, Seattle National Archive Examples | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A sample of files created by the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
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Using the National Archives to search for documents of Chinese immigrants during the exclusion era (1882-1943) can be intimidating and overwhelming.  Volunteers at the Seattle Archive are posting sample documents on this website that can be useful in giving you a better idea of what is available and get a glimpse of the obstacles and bureaucracy that stood in the way of Chinese seeking entry to the U. S.  Staff at the archive are available to help you search for Chinese that entered the U. S. through Seattle.

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Tracing Chinese roots, Part I, by Raymond Lum, China Insights, May 2015 issue, Page 15

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Excellent intro to the complexities of finding Chinese ancestral roots by Raymond Lum, retired librarian, Harvard University.

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Gordon Chin's Book Captures Struggles, Stories of San Francisco's Chinatown

Gordon Chin's Book Captures Struggles, Stories of San Francisco's Chinatown | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Gordon Chin's new book, "Building Community, Chinatown Style," tells the story of the neighborhood he came to call home.
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Changes, challenges, and community commitment in San Francisco Chinatown over the past half century; New 2015 book by Gordon Chin

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Your Chinese Menu Is Really a Time Machine

Your Chinese Menu Is Really a Time Machine | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
I grew up in a Chinese restaurant called the Peking Restaurant in rural New England during the 1970s and ’80s. I was that kid you saw running around the table
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Cedric Yeh, whose immigrant family operated a Chinese restaurant, discusses the historical changes in the role of Chinese restaurants in America.

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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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