1882 Foundation Public Library Partnership

By guest author Librarian Margaret Gilmore Over the past few years, The DC Public Library and the 1882 Foundation have been working together to ensure that library resources are made accessible and available to Chinatown residents during the closure of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library as it undergoes modernization. Through this effort, the two organizations have found numerous ways to support each other. Talk Story event from July, which focused on a comparison of the 1882 Exclusion Act with immigration today. DC Public Library now…

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Talk Story Review: Victoria Moy & William Chan

This month’s Talk Story featured journalist Victoria Moy who discussed her 2014 book-length oral history, Fighting for the Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan, which features a collection of interviews from various Chinese American veterans. She became interested in the topic of Chinese American veterans after growing up in New York City’s Chinatown and being inspired by her grandfather’s immigration story. Victoria described how her grandfather arrived on Ellis Island in 1933 at age thirteen as a “paper son”…

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Program Review: 1882 Foundation Summer Retreat

Summer 2018 was full of momentum for the 1882 Foundation’s program work. We launched into planning mode for the annual Symposium event through a deepening partnership with the Smithsonian (May 2019), brought on a new team member to spearhead the first Chinese American Women in History Conference (March 2019), revamped our digital presence, and focused on continuing strong community programing in the DC area. All of this progress would not have been possible without the commitment of our growing team, internship program, and plans for…

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Program Review: Women at Work

On Friday, July 27th, the 1882 Foundation interns had the opportunity to attend a Women at Work mentoring session specifically organized for our cohort as we start our careers. Michelle, Linda, Margo and I met with experienced women in a variety of fields for an informational conversation on their experiences in the workplace and decision processes in shaping their career. We met with our host, Lily Cua, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Optoro, a reverse logistics company, along with Sojin Kim, a member of the…

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Program Review: Richmond Trip

On Monday, July 30th, Beth and I were able to get our culminating event going when we went down to Richmond, Virginia bright and early at 10:00 AM. An uneventful rainy drive but that is always good in regards to long drives and it also was easier on Babs, Beth’s car. Once arriving in Richmond we were set to meet William J. Martin the director of the Valentine Museum. An absolutely incredible in depth experience of Richmond's first Museum, dedicated to the history of Richmond.…

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Program Review: Film Screening at Central Library

On Wednesday July 11th I had the opportunity to attend a film screening on PBS’ The Chinese Exclusion Act hosted by the 1882 Foundation in conjunction with Arlington Public Library at Central Library. After the screening followed a discussion that lasted over an hour. From the perspective of an 1882 intern it was really great to see the local community, not just Asian-Americans, be concerned about this issue and draw parallels to present day immigration policies. During the discussion it was great to see people…

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