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Asian America in the Deep South

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Firsthand account of Harry Gong, who grew up in the back of a Chinese grocery store and has fond memories of Coca-Cola.
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Chinese in the South and Coca Cola often went 'hand in hand' especially in the hot and humid summer in the days before air conditioning was readily available.  Here are some reminiscences from the Mississippi Delta about the role of Coke in Southern hospitality.

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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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‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens

‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America examine cultural identity and history.
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"That show’s curators, Herb Tam and Yue Ma, have gathered artifacts around questions related to Chinese-American identity (“How do you become American?” or “What does it mean to be Chinese?”), explaining, along the way, how the museum arose out of 20th-century identity politics and set itself the task of preserving the ephemera of Chinatown. That museum’s permanent exhibition also surveys Chinese-American history, emphatically embracing the identity narrative."

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Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Reflections/Reunion, Oct. 24-25, 2014

Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Reflections/Reunion, Oct. 24-25, 2014 | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Stories about the lives and contributions of Chinese grocers in the Mississippi Delta. This was the primary business of these immigrants from around 1900 to around the 1970s, and they were an important part of the communities throughout the region.
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Remembering and preserving family histories before they are lost is a critical task that is often delayed or avoided. The Mississiippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, held a 2-day event, Reflections and Reunion, to address this goal on Oct. 24-25, attracting over 200 participants from across the country.

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Chinese & Chinese-Americans in Hollywood share their stories - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

Chinese & Chinese-Americans in Hollywood share their stories - CCTV News - CCTV.com English | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
It's been a long, hard road for Chinese people in Hollywood, as they have striven to build meaningful careers behind and in front of the camera.
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CCTV interviews of some Chinese and Chinese American actors, directors, and others making an impact as they succeed in Hollywood where they have long been absent or relegated to minor and stereotyped roles.

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Amy Chin @ CHINESE AMERICAN: EXCLUSION / INCLUSION (Clip No. 2) - YouTube

Clip No. 2: Amy Chin of New York takes us on a docent's tour of the exhibit and talks about the history of the Chin Family in America through the graphic nov...
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Amy Chin describes the use of a graphic novel format presentation of her family history in America over a century as part of the Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition in New York.

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‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens

‘Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion’ Exhibition Opens | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America examine cultural identity and history.
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NY Times review of two exhibitions on the history of Chinese in America currently on display in New York City.  The scope of coverage is more extensive than usually presented, going back much further than railroad workers or gold miners.  The reviewer felt large gaps existed in coverage since the late 19th century. I guess you can only cover so much, and choices have to be made. That said, it is significant that these exhibitions have been assembled for, hopefully, a larger audience.

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RootsWeb.com Home Page

RootsWeb - the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.
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Resources and guides related to use of Ancestry.com  

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Explore Billions of Historical Records — FamilySearch.org

Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
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This page on Familysearch.org is the best free access I have found to the 1940 U. S. Census.  It will give you a list of all the cases that match the name, and any other info you provide (location, date of birth, birthplace, etc).  Just by entering my father's first and last name, it immediately found our family in Macon, Georgia, our address, and father's occupation.  You also can view the image of the original census record, or if you prefer, download it as a pdf.   If you are looking for a Chinese but don't know exact spelling of their name, you might still find them by entering where they were born, especially if it was China.  If you also know the state and/or the city where they lived, that would also help you find some cases.

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Rescued Memories | The Escape | Reflections | Passages Rescued Memories "Rescued Memories: NY Stories" 11/9 de Young Museum premiere - highlights (close) from Lenora Lee on Vimeo. "Rescued Memories...
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Lenora Lee is a dancer and choreographer who is artistic director of the Lenora Lee Dance Company, which has created several

 interdisciplinary works integrating dance, media design, martial arts, music, and text that share the still largely untold story of how Chinese struggled to immigrate to America and built a viable community under the extremely hostile conditions of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act only repealed in 1943. Occurring during the same historical period as Jim Crow in the South, The Act targeted a single nationality for exclusion, incarcerated those seeking entry to the US in the Angel Island detention center, tore families apart, unleashed widespread violence against Chinese throughout the Western US, and left a legacy of long term effects that remain unexplored. 

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Asian America in the Deep South

Asian America in the Deep South | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Firsthand account of Harry Gong, who grew up in the back of a Chinese grocery store and has fond memories of Coca-Cola.
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Chinese in the South and Coca Cola often went 'hand in hand' especially in the hot and humid summer in the days before air conditioning was readily available.  Here are some reminiscences from the Mississippi Delta about the role of Coke in Southern hospitality.

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Peach love

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Even though I wilt easily during our hot summer days, I nonetheless look forward to the season of many of my favorite fruits and vegetables, among them, the peach. In
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Reflections on the historic China Alley in central California in Hanford by Arianne Wing.  She is a descendant (niece?) of the legendary Richard Wing, whose innovative chinoise cuisine, made the Imperial Dynasty Restaurant in remote Hanford a destination for celebrities from far and wide.

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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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Chinese Genealogy and Family History Resources

Chinese Genealogy and Family History Resources | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Start tracing your Chinese ancestry with several online resources. Discover your clan genealogy, immigration records, and more family history resources.
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Useful sites for Chinese genealogical research and a YouTube "tutorial" on the very precise relational terms that Chinese have for referring to family members.  Aunt or Uncle, for example, is much too vague. Chinese have a different term for an aunt or uncle depending on whether it is on the paternal or maternal side, and whether that person is older or younger than your parent.

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The Lost Chinatown of New Orleans

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New Orleans’ once bustling Chinatown was one of the largest in the country, behind San Francisco and New York City. Due to numerous obstacles, ranging from stringent immigration policies to excessi...
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What's left of a once thriving Chinatown in New Orleans is precious little,  This post reviews the history of New Orleans' Chinatown.

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Fighting for the Dream

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Fighting for the Dream
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Website for Victoria Moy's excellent new book with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California of interviews of a sample of Chinese American veterans about their military experiences.

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SinoVision English Channel

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The Museum of Chinese in America is exploring the evolution of the Chinese American identity as told through its own rich collection in its new
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Issues of identity among Chinese and how it develops and evolves over history are explored in the Waves of Identity exhibition now at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York Chinatown until March 1, 2015.

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Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion (Clip No. 1: An Introduction) - YouTube

Clip No. 1: An introduction of the exhibit by Amy Chin & Corky Lee @ the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City, New York 10024 on...
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Amy Chin and Corky Lee introduce the exhibition of the New York Historical Society on CHINESE AMERICAN: Exclusion/Inclusion
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Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-40, Second Edition - YouTube

*Forthcoming Fall 2014* By Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim, and Judy Yung "For thirty years, from 1910 to 1940, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was the first, ofte...
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 In marked contrast to New York's Ellis Island where the welcome watchword was "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." insight, Chinese immigrants from 1910 to 1940 were detained, often for many weeks, interrogated, and sometimes denied entry to the U.S. at Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.

      The Second Edition of ISLAND is a collection of the many poignant poems etched on the wooden walls by despondent detainees, which were not discovered until the barracks were about to be demolished after the  Angel Island Immigration Station closed in 1940.

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Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.com

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.
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 It is comprehensive and worthwhile if you are seriously involved with genealogical searching.

It is a  paid site but it does offer a free 14 day trial. (They give you no hassles if you want to terminate during the free period)  

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1940 U.S. Census Release | Federal Census Data

1940 U.S. Census Release | Federal Census Data | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Research the 1940 federal census release to find genealogy records and family history data for your family tree.
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Newly released in 2013, the 1940 U. S. Census is searchable online.  This site is for a fee to see the actual detailed records, but you can do some free searches of overall summary information.  The format is much easier to use that the one on the official U. S. 1940 Census, because you have to first figure out the ENUMERATION DISTRICT for the address you are looking up.  That was the case when the 1940 Census was first released, but is no longer necessary (except on the government site, which has not yet been updated)

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'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.
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Although a fictional account, Celeste Ng's acclaimed debut novel speaks to the  attitudes toward Chinese and mixed Chinese-white marriages from the 1950s, which were much less accepting than today, even though they are still less than ideal.

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Seattle’s Historic INS Building, Once Ellis Island of the Northwest, Now Artist Studios

Seattle’s Historic INS Building, Once Ellis Island of the Northwest, Now Artist Studios | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
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Local artists are migrating to the same space that once served as the Ellis Island of the Northwest

 

Brangien Davis  |   April 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION, Seattle Magazine 

 

 

One of dozens of artists working in former INS offices reborn as studios

PHOTO CREDIT: Hayley Young

 

When still operational, the U.S. Immigrant Station and Assay Office (commonly called the INS building) was recognizable both for its commanding neoclassical presence on Airport Way South and for the long lines of people that waited (and waited) out front, rain or shine, hoping to become American citizens. Opened in 1932 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the five-story, 77,000-square-foot structure closed in 2004, after the Immigration and Naturalization Service had become the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Department of Homeland Security (in 2003) and a new facility opened in Tacoma. The historic building stood empty for nearly six years, until a recent series of events imparted new life as the soon-to-be largest artist enclave in Seattle.


Rolf Hogger is founder and CEO of MRJ Constructors, a general contracting firm that completed the historic renovation of the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. Commuting from Bainbridge Island, Hogger walked by the INS building every day for 10 years. “I admired it so much,” he recalls. “You just don’t see architecture like that anymore.” And then, one day, he saw a sign announcing the building was going up for auction. With a group of 11 other investors (as INS Holdings LLC), Hogger purchased the building in 2008 for $4.4 million.


“Originally, the concept was offices,” Hogger says, but since the building was labeled historic, he knew a massive renovation wouldn’t be possible. “We knew it was always going to be a funky space, so we were looking for creative tenants.” But while the vision was for a mix of artist tenants and creative companies, when the local real estate market tanked over the next year, businesses in search of space were able to find reasonably priced, less-funky offices downtown. “We couldn’t compete,” says Hogger.


Enter Sam Farrazaino. A sculptor also skilled in construction, Farrazaino has a long history of developing artist enclaves in Seattle—including the 619 Western Building in Pioneer Square (which at press time was hanging in the balance, due its proximity to the doomed Alaskan Way Viaduct), where he began parceling out spaces in 1995 and now rents two floors to 10 tenants. “I came in [to the INS project] to give ideas on how to attract artists and build good artist spaces,” Farrazaino explains. Noting that the original idea was to have artists on the first floor and offices on the remainder, he says, “It became clear to me the whole building should be filled with artists.”


All too familiar with the visible earthquake damage sustained by the 619 building, Farrazaino was drawn to the fortress-like construction of the INS building (“It’s really solid,” he marvels) and also the fact that the space had already been divided into offices, making it easily transformable into individual artist studios—not to mention the huge windows, high ceilings and nearness to gallery-laden Pioneer Square. “If I can develop a space at the right level,” he says, “make it workable for artists—not the Taj Mahal, but not a slum—and give artists an affordable rate, I’ll keep it full.” He’s well on his way.


After renaming the building Inscape, the owners (Farrazaino serves as property manager and has an ownership stake) held an open house last October. More than 3,000 people attended, including many artists who reportedly were rushing into the vacant offices exclaiming, “Mine!” Inscape can hold 100 to 125 tenants, depending on how the larger spaces are divided. (Farrazaino hopes some of those tenants will be artists displaced from 619 Western.) Studio rentals run from about $1 to $1.80 per square foot, depending on windows, ventilation and other factors. (Currently, the spaces are designated for work, not dwelling.) At press time, 50 tenants had taken occupancy and 16 more were poised to move in soon.


The building’s first occupant was a pioneer of sorts. Sculptor Julia Haack, who uses her 550-square-foot studio to craft artwork from salvaged wood, arrived in December 2009. “The building is aesthetically beautiful to me,” she says. “It’s an easy bike ride from where I live, it’s close to downtown, and the owners were promising that they would bring more artists in.” Haack says she loved having the building all to herself during the first several months, but she’s also looking forward to new neighbors. “I’m hoping that as more artists move in, and with some organization, we can learn about each other and plan events that will be beneficial to ourselves and to the arts community.”


Alicia Tormey, an encaustic painter, moved into her approximately 600-square-foot studio last October and says the building’s vibe changes every day. “The more artists who come, the more fun it is to be here,” she says. Having worked in isolation at home for the past 10 years, Tormey is thrilled by the concentration of creative types in what she calls an “art warren.” She loves bringing the public into her studio for classes—one recent student had years before received her green card just down the hall. When Tormey first encountered her space, she recalls, “It had a bureaucratic feel—awful gray carpet, dingy walls,” but after Farrazaino exposed the floors and painted it, Tormey compares it to “an artist’s loft in Paris.”


Despite what to artists seems like a remarkable transformation, Farrazaino says, “We’re doing a light touch with redevelopment.” The emphasis is on preserving the building’s history—not all of which is rosy. In addition to being the place where countless immigrants experienced the thrill of becoming American citizens, it also is a place of deep sadness for some families—the last stop before deportation. Farrazaino and the ownership group have no intention of ignoring what he terms the building’s “bipolar” history, and are working with the Wing Luke Asian Museum and other International District community groups on ways to respect the place’s darker past.


Signs of that legacy remain—in some cases literally. Labels designating detainee dormitories as “Chinese” (the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 severely limited such laborers from immigrating) or “white” (everybody else) still hang outside doors. Hands painted on a basement wall indicate where and how to stand while being frisked. Solitary confinement cells raise haunting questions about who was put inside, and why. The walls of the detainee recreation yard, a south-facing tiled plaza, are covered in graffiti—scrawled with tar found melting in the heat.


Farrazaino hopes to turn the recreation yard into a gardening space, where vegetables could be grown and donated to food banks in the International District. (“A reparation of sorts,” he says.) The large detainee dormitories would make excellent rehearsal spaces for dance companies. The swearing-in room? A black-box theater. At the front of the building, where the huddled masses awaited their chance at the American dream, plans call for a sculpture garden. Already the halls are filling with painters, guitar makers, photographers, choreographers, digital media makers, ceramists, actors, filmmakers, art therapists and others, all working to green card the old building’s new identity.

INSCAPE
International District
815 Airport Way S
inscapearts.org

 

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Corky Lee Interview By Jennifer Takaki (May 10, 2014) - YouTube

Corky Lee Interview By Jennifer Takaki & Conversation With Ze Min Xiao On The Historic Significance To The Chinese American Community of The Events of May 10...
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On May 10, 2014, the 145th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental rail at Promontory Point, Utah, activist Chinese American photographer Corky Lee organized over 200 Asian Americans to convene at Promontory Point to reenact the Golden Spike ceremony with only Asian Americans in the photograph. This act of "photographic justice", to use Corky's Lee term, was a symbolic way to offset the slight  of the Chinese whose labor made major contributions to the railroad completion.  For on May 10, 1869, not a single Chinese was invited to be in the historic photograph of the placement of the Golden Spike that represented the physical linking of the U. S. from coast to coast.

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Eric Liu – Memoir, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream” | The Tavis Smiley Show

Eric Liu – Memoir, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream” | The Tavis Smiley Show | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
RT @ericpliu: Thanks to @TavisSmiley for a great conversation about race, American identity & my new book. http://t.co/C3eB1Y8wjC
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Tavis Smiley interviews Eric Liu about his new memoir about the status of Chinese Americans today

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Chinatown | New Orleans, Encyclopedia of Louisiana

Chinatown | New Orleans, Encyclopedia of Louisiana | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The entry provides an historical overview of New Orleans' Chinatown neighborhood, located on Tulane Avenue, active from the late 1880s through the 1930s.
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A history of the development and eventual decline of New Orlean's Chinatown that centered around the 1100 block of Tulane Ave. in the French Quarter.

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