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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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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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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Talk Story Review: Remembering 1882 in Today’s Immigration Debate
Ted Gong addressing the "Chinese question"

Talk Story Review: Remembering 1882 in Today’s Immigration Debate

The 1882 Foundation hosted its monthly Talk Story event on July 29, 2018 at the Chinatown I Street Conferencing Center. The event featured Ted Gong, the Executive Director of the 1882 Foundation, sharing his thoughts about the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and why it remains relevant today in current immigration debates. To supplement the conversation, the space included traveling exhibitions from the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), "Remembering 1882: Civil Rights under the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act" and…

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