Talk Story: The ‘First Chinese American,’ Wong Chin Foo

Come to the upcoming Talk Story Event to learn more about the remarkable life of Wong Chin Foo. We will be gathering on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center, located at 616 H Street, Suite 201 in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898) was a leader, fighter, and an advocate for the rights of Chinese in America in the 19th Century. Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination, but Wong Chin Foo's story is a forgotten…

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Remembering Major Kurt Lee, Korean War Hero

The 1882 Foundation wants to take a moment remember the life of Major Kurt Lee. He was a true American hero, and he was proud of his Chinese heritage. We were proud to have him participate in an early Talk Story Event on July 27, 2012. He was from Sacramento. The first Asian American officer in the Marine Corps and decorated Korean War hero, Major Lee has died at 88 years old. Information about a service is pending. Major Lee requested to be buried at…

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Traditional Chinese Burial Practices & Range 99

Please join us at our upcoming Talk Story Event! Community Historian and Preservationist, David Lei, explains traditional Chinese burial practices and beliefs.  He explores Chinese concepts of death and the relationship of rites to assuring proper passage to the afterlife.  Are there two souls?  What is Ying and yang, good and bad?  Can we just feed the hungry ghosts? Melissa Lin and Jason Fong, two volunteers of the 1882 Foundation, will talk about Range 99 at the Congressional Cemetery in DC. Range 99 was preserved for…

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Pelosi Statement on 70th Anniversary of Repeal of Chinese Exclusion

Pelosi Statement on 70th Anniversary of Repeal of Chinese Exclusion Act December 17, 2013 San Francisco – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 70th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act.  Leader Pelosi was a co-sponsor of H.Res. 683 which passed the House last year, a resolution formally apologizing for the Chinese exclusion laws. “Seventy years ago today, our nation took an important step away from decades of racism and prejudice – repealing the xenophobic Chinese Exclusion Act.  The…

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On Education: Spreading the Word About 1882

The 1882 Project took to the road in November to share lesson plans with educators from Virginia and around the country. On Nov. 2nd, Ting-Yi Oei and Ted Gong presented  "Righting Wrongs: Congress (Finally) Apologizes for the Chinese Exclusion Acts" at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Ting-Yi then took the presentation to St. Louis, Missouri for the National Social Studies Conference. In Roanoke, speaking to an audience that included a number of school division curriculum specialists, Ting-Yi introduces a…

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