1882 At: CAPAL Washington Leadership Program Series 2 – Knowledge is Access is Power

On June 19th, our 1882 interns attended the Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Washington Leadership Program's second session, a panel entitled "Knowledge is Access is Power". The panel featured three speakers, all activists engaged with issues of minority empowerment and access to educational opportunities. The program began with a brief activity, where participants were asked to group up and illustrate simple drawings of what they imagined when they were given a few key terms: "Asian-American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) food", "AANHPI history",…

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Talk Story Review: My China Roots

Introduction On May 12th, the 1882 Foundation hosted its monthly Talk Story event with Lie Huihan. Huihan is the founder of My China Roots, a Beijing-based company helping people find their ancestral history. The 1882 Foundation’s Executive Director Ted Gong kicked off the event by explaining his own ancestral history, which he learned about using the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California’s publication A Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History. Chinese family history is recorded in a jiapu/zupu, or genealogy book. Jiapu (家谱)…

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Talk Story Review: Rooting for Truth – A Sojourner Returns to the Family Villages

The April Talk Story on April 14, 2019 started off by wrapping up the March Talk Story with Rita Moy discussing her trip to Toisan and finding her roots as a second-generation Chinese American. She discussed the urbanization of villages and rice patties into high-rises and went to nearby villages depicting houses and how people lived in the villages. Carole Louie then discussed her experience as she learned about Yangshi Lei, the Lei family architects who designed and built the buildings and gardens for the…

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Resolution to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad

The Virginia General Assembly has designated May 10, 2019 to honor the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and particularly the efforts of Chinese workers who made up about 80% of the workforce building the tracks eastward. The Transcontinental Railroad was initiated by President Abraham Lincoln signing the Pacific Railway Act in 1862 to fulfill a long held vision to bind the nation together from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The undertaking was America’s first major national infrastructure project. The plan called…

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1882 Foundation Completes “Traveling Film Seminar” With Grant from Virginia Humanities

Beginning with a Teachers Workshop for educators in Arlington, Virginia in August 2017 and finishing with a screening of PBS’s American Experience: “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” at the WCVE studios in Richmond in October 2018, the 1882 Foundation introduced a variety of audiences to a number of short films illuminating a cross-section of the Chinese American experience. The grant from Virginia Humanities provided for the showing of the films along with presentations and discussions led by filmmakers, scholars, authors, and others to help teachers and…

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Talk Story Review: “Jooksings” in China

On March 17, 2019, over 50 individuals attended our monthly Talk Story event on "Jooksings in China." The 1882 Foundation was proud to host local community memberes Dan Lee, Helen Lew, and Rita Moy as they shared their experiences learning about their heritage and visiting China. The trio shared their experiences of being a “Jooksing” in China. The direct translation of Jooksing is “empty bamboo” and was often used as a derogatory term for those who look Asian in appearance, however, have adapted to Western…

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