Celebrating Wong Kim Ark: The Legacy of Birthright Citizenship

Shedding light on the topic of birthright citizenship, this podcast explains Wong Kim Ark’s lasting legacy and how the establishment of birthright citizenship has affected the American view on immigrants (Chinese-Americans in particular). Join Jamelah, Abby, and Amy as they discuss immigrant portrayal in political cartoons, the "anchor baby" narrative and its double standards, and finally, the latest US policy regarding immigration. Works Cited Political Cartoons Smart Slider with ID: 5

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Talk Story Review: A Conversation with Poet Wing Tek Lum

On August 4, the 1882 Foundation had the honor to host renowned poet Wing Tek Lum for Talk Story. Wing Tek’s past publications include Expounding the Doubtful Points (1987) and The Nanjing Massacre: Poems (2013). That same weekend, Wing Tek was in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, where he participated on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, Wing Tek paid the 1882 Foundation a visit to Chinatown to share his unpublished poems and working drafts of his new collection at Talk…

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GUEST BLOG POST: “The Overview of the War Brides Act and Legalization of Interracial Marriage” by Jenny Chan from Pacific Atrocities Education

  This upcoming October, the 1882 Foundation will be holding its inaugural Chinese American Women in History Conference. During this conference, with the inclusion and collaboration of different organizations,  community actors, and academics, we hope to fill the gap of pre-1965 Chinese American history, with an emphasis on the War Brides Act. With that, we would like to introduce Jenny Chan, co-founder of Pacific Atrocities Education, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to raising public awareness of wartime atrocities committed in the Asia…

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China Dolls

Not all China dolls are bound to break. Grace, a fugitive from her father’s abuse; Helen, a proper child of an esteemed Chinatown family; and Ruby Tom, a Japanese American  in seek of stardom at the onslaught of World War Two, are an unlikely ensemble. The three girls converge at San Francisco’s Forbidden City Nightclub against their parents’ wishes, in seek of employment as dancers. While the girls find uncanny success in the performing arts scene, war against Japan erupts on the Pacific Front, suddenly…

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1882 At: Washingtoniana’s Researching “Red Summer”

On July 16th, I attended Washingtoniana’s Researching “Red Summer” at Woodridge Library. Archivist Derek Gray from the DC Public Library, a longtime partner of the 1882 Foundation, led the session and detailed various Red Summer resources. Though Red Summer is not directly related to Chinese Americans, the 1882 Foundation is interested in the databases available to research forgotten histories and to find primary source materials. I will first explain what Red Summer is and where to learn more, ending with why I believe researching Red…

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Talk Story Review: The Eastern Wind – A Retrospective on Chinatown Activism in the 1970s

On July 18th, our Talk Story community gathered once again to hear from former DC Chinatown resident and community staple Harry Chow. Harry shared with us pictures, short videos shot on 35mm film, and newsletters from his youth in Chinatown, providing a snapshot of a vibrant and lively Chinatown experience. Harry grew up in the peak of activity and local engagement for young Chinese-Americans in the neighborhood. As a young man, he wore a number of hats for the community, including a youth program leader…

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