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You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should

You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
It wasn't easy being Chinese American in the early days. From exclusionary laws to the racist caricatures that dotted newspaper comic pages, America wasn't exactly laying down the welcome mat.

And yet, there were success stories. The Chinese Ameri...
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Only a brief overview of some pioneering earlier Chinese Americans, but useful in attracting attention and appreciation from people unfamiliar with the difficult lives of Chinese in this country in the past
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Two Curated Collections of Websites on Chinese American History, Past and Present

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

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The Largest Lynching In US History

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Most people are unaware of an atrocious incident in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1871 when an angry mob reacting to the accidental death of a white man caught in gunfire between 2 feuding Chinese destroyed almost all the buildings in Chinatown, attacked many Chinese, and hung 18 Chinese.   This video shows the reactions of some young Chinese Americans who did not previously know about this horrible incident.
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First Students to Come to MIT From China As Early as 1877

First Students to Come to MIT From China As Early as 1877 | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
A xmas reunion in 1890  for early Chinese students who attended MIT
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A fascinating archive of ephemera curated by Prof. Emma Teng related to Chinese attending MIT during the last quarter of the 19th and first third of the 20th century.  Note: each icon on the home page is a menu button that will lead you to more detailed information.
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From California to Kaiping

In a country that is so diverse and so culturally rich, what does it mean to be American? I try finding that answer by looking into my own family's roots i
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American Born Chinese (ABC) Casey Chin's insightful and inspired documentary about his journey back to the ancestral village of his grandfather. He imagines why his grandfather emigrated to California over a century ago, followed later by his grandmother, using false papers to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Act passed in 1882.  He imagines what their difficult lives must have been like in the face of strong anti-Chinese sentiment of the times. He learned that after his grandfather died, his grandmother, a real "tiger," took over and successfully ran the family cafe in addition to making shrewd real estate investments.
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The Dalles Chinatown Site, The Dalles

The Dalles Chinatown Site, The Dalles | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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The Dalles Chinatown is a highly significant archaeological site located on the south side of East First Street between Washington and Court Streets. The site may be the best preserved, and most extensive, historic ethnic urban archeological site in the state. It has a rich and unique story to tell with two extant buildings and an undisturbed deposit of below-ground archaeological resources that tell the story of the Chinese experience in Oregon.
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About Chinatown - Save Our Chinatown Committee - Riverside California

About Chinatown - Save Our Chinatown Committee - Riverside California | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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The historic Chinatown of Riverside, CA., like many others, has been in danger of disappearance in the wake of urban development. Riverside Chinese have been actively campaigning for the past decade to preserve some aspects of their Chinatown.
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Chinese American Forum

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Online access to articles published in Chinese American Forum, a quarterly magazine in English, first published in May, 1984.  It covers a wide-ranging set of topics of relevance to understanding contemporary issues relevant to China and United States as well as some historical overviews of important topics pertaining to Chinese history and Chinese in America history. 

The Chinese American Forum was founded in 1982 by a group of accomplished Chinese-American scientists and educators to promote better understanding and respect between Chinese Americans and the general public. and to urge Chinese/Asian Americans to become active members in the American mainstream.
 
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America's Chinatowns - Archaeology Magazine

America's Chinatowns - Archaeology Magazine | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Dozens of digs and collections are revealing the culture, diversity, and challenges of the first Chinese Americans
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By digging up the past, archeologists are helping us better understand the living conditions of early Chinese immigrants.
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Asian American Life: The Future of Chinatowns

Chinatowns were once considered the oldest and largest ethnic communities in the U.S.A. Today, many are disappearing. Reporter Paul Lin in-depth report
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The opening 9+ minutes of this CUNY-TV documentary discusses the disappearing Chinatowns all over major cities around the world.
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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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Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?

Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake? | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.
- 2017/04/28
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Historian Judy Yung points out the parallels between the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and Donald Trump's plans to ban Muslim immigrants.  There are similar circumstances and rationalizations for the two racist bans and the consequences for their victims.
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The Chinese Exclusion Act at History Film Forum 2017

On May 6th, 1882 – on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in American history – President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece o
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Panel discussion at the Smithsonian National Museum of American history in March 2017 featuring film makers Ric Burns and Li-Shun Yu talking AFTER  the screening of an early cut of their forthcoming acclaimed documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, that will air on PBS late in 2017.
Note: this video does not show any of the actual film., but here is a link to a trailer for the documentary:
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The Past, Present, and Future of Chinatown’s Changing Culinary Landscape

The Past, Present, and Future of Chinatown’s Changing Culinary Landscape | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In four years, over a dozen of eateries have sprouted in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza and its surrounding area, bringing in tow a new vibe, clientele, and cultural and housing changes — both good and bad, depending on whom you speak to — to the community.
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Chinatowns everywhere are challenged to survive. This article describes the efforts to revive the historic Chinatown in Los Angeles with new and reinvented Chinese restaurants to attract tourism.are challenged to survive. This article describes the efforts to revive the historic Chinatown in Los Angeles with new and reinvented Chinese restaurants to attract tourism.
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I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype | Canwen Xu | TEDxBoise

Bad driver. Math wizard. Model minority. In this hilarious and insightful talk, eighteen-year-old Canwen Xu shares her Asian-American story of breakin
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An insightful TED Talk by Canwen Xu of some of the difficulties she has experienced as an Chinese American (actually, applies to other Asian Americans)  in the face of racial stereotypes held by mainstream society.
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Wong Laundry Building, Portland

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Campaign to restore Portland's Wong Chinese Laundry building

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"1908 Wong Laundry Building is significant to Portland’s economic history and to the ethnic and immigration history of both city and state. Designed by Alexander C. Ewart, the two-story masonry structure combining retail on the ground floor and lodging above is a prime example of early 20th century commercial architecture built for the travelers, businessmen and workers pouring forth from the new Union Station.

For decades the Wong Laundry Building has been experiencing demolition by neglect attributable to a lack of access to capital for needed major restoration."
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Salinas starts Chinatown revitalization

Salinas starts Chinatown revitalization | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The city released a request for proposals for a Chinatown Revitalization Plan.
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Will the 3rd time, be the charm?  is the third time the city has put together a revitalization plan for Chinatown in nearly a decade. The first plan was in 2007, which helped launch the Salinas Downtown Community Board a nonprofit. The second -- the “2010 Chinatown Rebound Plan” -- was released in 2009. That plan stalled because of funding constraints, said Public Works Director Gary Petersen. “In 2010 the recession, there was no money, there were no resources to get it up and running,” Petersen said. “It was a really good plan but there no funding for it.” He said there now were “resources to do the work.”
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Digging for Roots |  FINDING CLEVELAND

Digging for Roots |  FINDING CLEVELAND | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
“GOD IS GOOD” Charles spoke softly, as Baldwin stood there watching his 76-year-old father's eyes fill with tears. "God is good." Charles held in his hands a Bible that was owned by his father — Baldwin's grandfather — a man who had left his family in China to work in America.
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When a family goes to the Mississippi Delta to pay tribute to an ancestor who was a grocer in the region in the first half of the past century, a series of remarkable unexpected discoveries sheds much light on family roots and the lives of Chinese in the segregated MS Delta a century ago.  Inspired by their experiences, Baldwin Chiu, a grandson of K. C. Lou, and his wife, Larissa Lam have been documenting this inspiring story and producing a documentary, FINDING CLEVELAND.
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The Story Of The Chinese Family That Fought But Lost  their Battle To Desegregate Mississippi Schools in the 1920s

The Story Of The Chinese Family That Fought But Lost  their Battle To Desegregate Mississippi Schools in the 1920s | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Racial politics in the Jim Crow South were more complicated than you think.
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Long before the celebrated 1954 U. S. Supreme Court school desegregation victory of Brown v. Board of Education, a Chinese family in rural Mississippi contested school segregation all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court, but lost because Chinese were not "caucasians'...a requirement for attending white schools in Mississippi. "Water Tossing Boulders" by Adrienne Berard provides an in depth look at the issues and the Lum family.
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The forgotten history of Chinese immigrants in this Mexican border town

The forgotten history of Chinese immigrants in this Mexican border town | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
But there’s something about this place that sets it apart in the borderlands.
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A look at the past and present history of Chinese in Mexicali along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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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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