Talk Story Review: Wong Chin Foo & Chinese Exclusion Act

On Wednesday, December 14, 2018, the 1882 Foundation had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of professors from China’s Hunan Mass Media Vocational and Technical College at Xfinity Chinatown. The College, located in Changsha, has nurtured thousands of mass media production professionals for Hunan Broadcasting System, one of the most influential and innovative state media groups in China. The visitors were interested in American short documentary production and expressed an interest in viewing 1882 Foundation's award-winning film Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968 produced by Penny…

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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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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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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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