Talk Story Review: Hazel Ying Lee Film Screening

This month’s Talk Story began with a screening of A Brief Flight, a documentary about Hazel Lee. Lee was a Chinese American pilot who flew for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during the Second World War. She had a passion for flying, and despite her parents’ opposition, became one of the first Chinese American women pilots of her time. After living in Canton from 1933-1937 and repeated unsuccessful bids to join the Chinese Air Force, Lee moved back to the U.S. After the attack…

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Program Review: DC History Conference

A couple weeks ago, 1882 Foundation participated at this year’s DC History Conference, held at the University of the District of Columbia. Over the course of the weekend, students, scholars, and other people in the field met to discuss their recent work, under the theme of “Mobility, Migration, and Movement”.Ted represented the foundation during the poster session, where he shared information about the organization’s recent projects, including the Range 99 Project and our upcoming Chinese American Women in History Conference in April 4-5, 2019. He…

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Talk Story Review: Hakka Jamaicans

The September Talk Story featured several Chinese-Jamaican identifying speakers, who came to share their varying experiences growing up Chinese or part-Chinese in Jamaica, as well as their unique pathways to adult life the U.S.Carol, the daughter of a married Chinese couple who immigrated to Jamaica, gave an overview of the history of Chinese migration to Jamaica, as well as various social and legal barriers that immigrants faced there. She discussed Jamaica under Britain’s rule for over three hundred years, how the abolition of slavery in…

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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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Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation Awards Dinner Gala

Linking Heritage, History and Immigration Executive Director Ted Gong recently received a legacy award from the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. The Virginia foundation is dedicated to honoring and continuing the tradition of those who formed the first rural branch of the NAACP.   In receiving the award during the foundation’s gala dinner January 9, 2015, Gong gave the following remarks. His remarks bring together the Chinese American and African American stories and tie together pride in heritage, efforts at historical preservation and fundamental issues in today’s…

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Talk Story: Chinese Americans in Vaudeville 1920s -1930s, March 15

Sunday, March 15, 1:30 to 3:30 PM Chinese Community Church, 500 I (eye) Street, NW Chinatown, Washington DC   Chinese Americans in Vaudeville 1920’s - 1930’s  & Alexandria’s Immigrant Oral History Project Krystyn Moon, Director of American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, examines the topic of Chinese Americans on the Vaudeville stage and the ways in which they broke stereotypes through their singing ability, comedic patter, use of dialect, and dancing. We will also hear about the oral history project underway at the City of Alexandria about immigrants since the 1970s…

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