Talk Story Review: Crazy Rich Asians

The 1882 Foundation hosted its monthly Talk Story event on October 28, 2018 at the Chinatown I Street Conferencing Center, this time discussing the hit book and movie Crazy Rich Asians. The event featured Mohkeed Wong, Singapore book author/food blogger, and Amelia Tseng, Folk Life researcher and American University assistant professor. Stan Lou, 1882 Foundation’s Talk Story Director, also joined the discussion. The panel discussed the history of Singapore led by Mohkeed, giving a timeline of how Singaporean old money and new money came to…

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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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Program Review: WCVE & 1882 Foundation Partnership

On October 7th, WCVE (Richmond area PBS and NPR) partnered with the 1882 Foundation in hosting a screening of PBS’ American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act. The screening came as one of two responses from WCVE to make up for their previous airing of the documentary at three in the morning in the Richmond area. It was great to see WCVE not only air the documentary at a better time, but also engaging the community on such an important topic. 1882 Foundation Executive Director Ted…

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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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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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