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Websites dealing with contemporary issues and news relevant to Chinese America
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"The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era. 

 The film’s importance arises not only from its focus on an almost unknown Chinese community in the heart of the Deep South, but also from what it reveals about the immigrant experience in America. It can certainly invites discussion of some of the issues engaging the US currently."
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Who Owns Chinatown? One Immigrant Family’s Gentrification Fight

Who Owns Chinatown? One Immigrant Family’s Gentrification Fight | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Boston’s Chinatown has been a safe haven for Chinese immigrants for generations, but it's being uprooted by urban development — lik
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A look through the difficult lives of two Chinese sisters at the adverse impact of gentrification of historic Boston Chinatown, which mirrors the same problems of Chinatowns in other major cities.
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Am I American, Chinese American, or Asian American?

Am I American, Chinese American, or Asian American? | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
In this part of three-report series on US public attitudes toward Chinese Americans, VOA looks at the impact of 'lumping' on Chinese Americans
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Immigrants in the U. S. from many different parts of Asia are categorized as "Asian Americans" by the general public, overlooking the considerable variations in their cultures, histories and socioeconomic status in the U. S. And from a political perspective, these diverse groups themselves form coalitions as Asian American to influence and promote social policy.  However, as this article, one of three, posted on the Voice of America website, points out, there are costs associated with the use of Asian Americans as a category to lump all people of Asian origin. Americans of Chinese ancestry, especially those from families that have been here for several generations, do not face the same problems as those who are from countries that do not have a long history of being in the U. S.  

The entire set of three posts can be found here:   http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-americans-series-set-up/2450684.html
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Immigrants in the U. S. from many different parts of Asia are categorized as "Asian Americans" by the general public, overlooking the considerable variations in their cultures, histories and socioeconomic status in the U. S. And from a political perspective, these diverse groups themselves form coalitions as Asian American to influence and promote social policy.  However, as this article, one of three, posted on the Voice of America website, points out, there are costs associated with the use of Asian Americans as a category to lump all people of Asian origin. Americans of Chinese ancestry, especially those from families that have been here for several generations, do not face the same problems as those who are from countries that do not have a long history of being in the U. S.  

The entire set of three posts can be found here:   http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-americans-series-set-up/2450684.html
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Chinese Americans  Research Guides at Southern Connecticut State University

A set of bibliographies created at Southern Connecticut State University on the history of Chinese immigrants to the United States in the formats of books, videos, websites, journal articles, etc. The literature selected here depicts in different ways on how the Chinese-Americans started to migrate, how they were treated in America, how they fought for their equal rights, and how they have excelled and contributed in various fields in this country.

Resources on topics include Immigration law, history, demographics, famous Chinese Americans, museums, literature, organizations.
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Valuable compilation of resources on important aspects of Chinese America.
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The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown

The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
As gentrification and changing cultural preferences wipe out urban Chinatowns across the U.S., a model for survival is being proven in the heartland.
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The historic Chinatowns of North America located near the heart of cities are dying or being over run by gentrification, with the notable exception in Chicago. 

 

"Prompted by urban unrest in the 1960s and ’70s and corresponding white flight, many Chinese people chose to move to the suburbs — or to the “ethnoburbs,” as some have dubbed them. D.C. residents moved into Maryland and Virginia. In New York, Chinese families shifted to the outer boroughs, especially Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Los Angeles residents headed to the San Gabriel Valley, which today is home to eight of the 10 cities with the highest proportion of Chinese-Americans."  Nextcity.org

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I love chicago and this is a pretty interesting read

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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

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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 American Heroes|

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Celebrating Chinese American Heroes for their achievements in many fields to make a better America
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To Live and Die in the South: The Chinese Story

To Live and Die in the South: The Chinese Story | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
Chinese cemetery, Greenville, Mississippi
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Life in the racially segregated Jim Crow South presented challenges for the early Chinese in the region, as they were neither black nor white. Given that Chinese were the only, or one of a handful of Chinese, in towns where they settled, when they died before they moved to other regions or returned to China, where could they be buried? Being so few in number, they could not afford to finance a cemetery for Chinese only.
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General Genealogy Resources

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General genealogical resources for researching your Chinese family history   

The Chinese Family History Group is affiliated with the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), located in Burbank, California, and exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

The Chinese Family History Group of Southern California provides a community for exchange of information and support for members whose common interest is the research, collection, and preservation of the diverse experiences of their Chinese and Chinese American ancestors before their stories are lost to the passage of time. We seek to inspire people to discover their family histories by providing outreach, educational programs, and resources pertinent to Chinese American genealogy. 

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Website contains many resources for family history research for Chinese Americans including links to databases, genealogy software, immigration records, Chinese language software, English-Chinese dictionaries, guide to Chinese surnames, and much more.
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From Immigrant Stories to Refugee Stories

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We all carry with us family and stories, courage and heart, intangible assets which help make us who we are, help us imagine what we could be.
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Writer-activist Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's personal essay covering three familial generations from China to Taiwan to the U. S. describes some of the differing identity challenges each generation faces.

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History Behind The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine You’ll Find Only Along the Border

History Behind The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine You’ll Find Only Along the Border | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
An 1882 law is the reason behind the surprising number of Chinese restaurants along Mexico-U.S. border.
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Chinese food in restaurants in the Imperial Valley has a distinctive blend of Mexican cuisine.  Historical factors that excluded Chinese immigrants from entering  the U. S. starting in the late 19th century led many of them to work in Mexico, and some later entered across the border illegally into the U. S.

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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

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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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