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New York exhibition celebrates awakening of Asian-American identity in the 1970s

New York exhibition celebrates awakening of Asian-American identity in the 1970s | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A New York exhibition celebrates the flowering of Asian-American identityin the 1970s, writes Richard James Havis
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"The times, they were a-changing," as Bob Dylan proclaimed,  back in the 70s... for many oppressed groups, and Chinese and other Asian Americans seized the opportunity to become more actively involved in promoting social change.

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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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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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Asian Americans in the Heartland Celebrated in New Book

Asian Americans in the Heartland Celebrated in New Book | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A new book, Asian Americans in Michigan--Voices from the Midwest, is
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New book with multiple scholars writing about Asian Americans in Michigan and the midwest

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Asian American Life - January 2015 - CUNY TV

Asian American Life - January 2015 - CUNY TV | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Did you know the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the US at the same time as the first Irish? It’s part of the Chinese American experience chronicled and explored by host Ernabel Demillo at the New York Historical Society’s exhibit “Chinese A...
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Web magazine features 2015 Exhibition of N.Y. Historical Society on the transition of Chinese Americans from Exclusion (1882-1943) toward increasing Inclusion.  Opening segment features narrator Amy Chin whose family had a laundry in the Bronx. 

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San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union

San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
T he San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the …
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As the old ghetto Chinatowns romanticized by songs like 'Chinatown, My Chinatown' that attracted tourists curious about "Orientals" for decades, new forms of Chinese communities have developed such as the San Gabriel Valley in southern California.

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9-Man | Season 3 | Our Voices: Asian-Pacific Americans | America ReFramed

9-Man | Season 3 | Our Voices: Asian-Pacific Americans | America ReFramed | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A competitive Chinese-American sport, 9-Man was a way for Chinese workers to escape the day-to-day but today, it provides a lasting connection to culture and community pride. Follow several teams over the course of one season as they prepare for battle and fight for the championship in Boston. What does the future hold for this street ball battle?
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Ursula Liang's documentary about 9-Man, a uniquely Chinese-American sport actively continuing in major inner city Chinese communities in the U. S.
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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

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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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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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How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers

How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In May 1969, Connie Young Yu's mother and father traveled to Utah from the Bay Area for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the transcontinental railway. Like thousands of Chinese Americans, their migrant-laborer forefathers had worked on the massive project that culminated in California rail baron Leland Stanford driving the celebrated golden spike at Promontory Point.
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There is a growing interest in learning more about the history of Chinese workers on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s from descendants before these stories are lost. Some Chinese may feel these are stories of the past and not appreciate how history informs and affects the present and future of Chinese in America.

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ITV 55.5 Life: Story of Raymond Chong 張偉明的尋根故事 - YouTube

A touching story of a fifth generation American Chinese who has spent the last 10 years looking for his root back in Kaiping City of Guangdong Province, Chin...
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Raymond Chong, an American Born Chinese, describes his reluctance to accept or identify with being "Chinese" when he was growing up before taking us on his journey as an adult  back to  Kaiping, Guandong, China, the ancestral home of his family roots.

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Author: Seattleites Think They Know China, But They Have No Idea

Author: Seattleites Think They Know China, But They Have No Idea | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Marcie Sillman talks with James Bradley, author of "The China Mirage," about our perceptions of China.
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Audio interview of James Bradley about his new book, The China Mirage, which provides historical context for understanding how the U. S. images of China and Chinese starting from 1882 when the Chinese Exclusion Act passed and continuing over the next century to determine U. S. attitudes and policies related to China.

 

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Chinatown | The Peopling of New York

Chinatown | The Peopling of New York | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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A brief scholarly overview of the origins, rise, and decline of New York City's Chinatowns

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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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