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China World Heritage List :: Kaiping Diaolou and Villages - YouTube

[http://www.world-heritage-site.com] Kaiping Diaolou and Villages feature the Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive village houses in Kaiping, which display a co...
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Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive village houses in Kaiping, served to protect villagers from bandits. They were built with funds remitted from émigré Kaiping  Chinese who had gone to earn a living in South Asia, Australasia and North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

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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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Books: '100 Chinese Silences' by Timothy Yu

Books: '100 Chinese Silences' by Timothy Yu | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
 When I attended the Kundiman poetry retreat in summer 2012, Timothy Yu read one of the poems that would eventually become part of his book 100 Chinese Silences.
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"Characterized by excoriating wit and a meticulous attention to detail, the collection serves as a hilarious and wide-ranging index of appropriation and marginalization of Asian and Asian American voices, stories and symbols in the Western literary canon. Yu approaches this collection with surgical precision by taking on the original poems line-by-line, sometimes word-by-word and even syllable-by-syllable, in order to vivisect the white orientalist fantasy. In doing so, he reveals how fragile -- and sometimes ridiculous -- the fantasy is."
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 Chinese american clothes at the Smithsonian ( Virginia Lee Mead Collection

 Chinese american clothes at the Smithsonian ( Virginia Lee Mead Collection | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Lee B. Lok (1869 – 1942) immigrated from Guangdong Province, China in 1881 and soon moved to New York Chinatown where he worked in the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. general store and became head of the store in 1894 which upgraded his status from “coolie” to “merchant” and allowing him to bring his wife Ng Shee from China to New York where they raised seven children. 
    Some of the clothes worn by this family are part of the Chinese American Clothes in the Virginia Lee Mead Collection.
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We know about the work and living conditions of early Chinese immigrants, but not much about the styles of clothing. This collection at the Smithsonian contains a sample of clothing items from a NY Chinese family. 
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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

Wong Laundry Building, Portland | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

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 Mississpi Delta Roots |  FINDING CLEVELAND

Digging for Mississpi Delta 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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How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia

How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Asian immigrants, once the “ultimate outsiders,” have profoundly reshaped the suburbs of San Francisco.
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As  suburban demographics have changed with more Asian Americans in a space once exclusively white, schools, retail spaces, and even private residences have become battlegrounds for a growing struggle to define the identity of suburbia.
Asian Americans have changed the mall in terms of the store configurations, usage, and ownership models to make it  better reflect their identity and these changes have also been points of tension.  
A new book, "Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia," by Professor Willow Lum Aman, explores that tension in the context of Fremont, California, the largest Asian American-majority suburb in the Silicon Valley.

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The split at the heart of Chinese America - SupChina

The split at the heart of Chinese America - SupChina | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Affirmative action used to be about black and white. But new Chinese immigrants have “scrambled that traditional thinking,” and clashed with the so-called Chinatown Chinese.
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Chinese in America pre-1965 and post-1965 are misleadingly classified as a unitary group. "Chinese Americans."  The truth of the matter is that these two groups differ on many dimensions, and the issue of affirmative action vividly illustrates how divergent their views are on this topic, a conflict that exists on less obvious dimensions as well.
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Detroit Chinatown History

Detroit Chinatown History | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
An informative and impressive archive of documents and articles about the history of Detroit Chinatown, before its decline, curated by an undergraduate at Wayne State, Chelsea Zuzindlak, over a decade ago.
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This is an impressive archive of documents and articles about the history of Detroit Chinatown, before its decline, curated by an undergraduate at Wayne State, Chelsea Zuzindlak, over a decade ago. I used the color blue to highlight the website menu on the kiosk because it may not be immediately apparent that each of the four menu items lead to a wealth of information.
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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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