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Talk Story: LION DANCE: Finding the Inner Lion, January 18

Sunday, January 18, 5:00 to 7:00 PM Chinatown Community Cultural Center 616 H Street NW, Suite 201, Washington DC 20001   LION DANCE: Its History in DC, or Finding the Inner Lion As the Chinese New Year comes, so do the lions! The cymbals! The drums! The acrobatics! Oh my! But, how do you know a good lion dance from a mediocre lion dance? What is its history in DC? And, what does it mean to the inner lion (meaning the guy or gal within the beast)? Join us for a…


Professor Hiroshi Motomura holding “Immigration Outside of the Law” Book Talk

For those in the San Francisco & Bay Area: Professor Hiroshi Motomura will hold a talk regarding his new book Immigration Outside of the Law January 31, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at the Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco RSVP Here  Join Hiroshi Motomura at The Learning Center for a discussion of his new book, Immigration Outside of the Law (2014, Oxford), onJanuary 31 from 1-2:30 pm.  He will use the book’s framework to discuss hot topics in immigration policy today, tackling questions such as: …


Talk Story: John Tinpe Views Chinatown from the Burma Resturant

At the Burma Restaurant in DC Chinatown, you could always find great food. One could also find great company and stimulating conversations. It was the place where community leaders and organizers met regularly to share ideas and plan civic and art activities. John Tinpe, owner of the Burma Restaurant, tells his stories from his unique vantage point, as an immigrant to the U.S., a DC Chinatown business leader, public servant, and supporter of the performing arts. When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 Time: 1:30 to 3:30pm…

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APABA Recognizes Ted Gong and Stan Lou at Educational Fund Benefit Dinner

On March 20, 2014, Ted and Stan of the 1882 Foundation were recognized for their work in organizing Talk Story events and for their commitment to giving a voice to the Chinese American community in Washington, D.C. It was our great honor to accept the AEF Community Service Award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) at the 21st annual benefit dinner for the APABA Educational Fund. Thank you, APABA, for including us in this special event.

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Talk Story: The ‘First Chinese American,’ Wong Chin Foo

Come to the upcoming Talk Story Event to learn more about the remarkable life of Wong Chin Foo. We will be gathering on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center, located at 616 H Street, Suite 201 in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898) was a leader, fighter, and an advocate for the rights of Chinese in America in the 19th Century. Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination, but Wong Chin Foo's story is a forgotten…


Traditional Chinese Burial Practices & Range 99

Please join us at our upcoming Talk Story Event! Community Historian and Preservationist, David Lei, explains traditional Chinese burial practices and beliefs.  He explores Chinese concepts of death and the relationship of rites to assuring proper passage to the afterlife.  Are there two souls?  What is Ying and yang, good and bad?  Can we just feed the hungry ghosts? Melissa Lin and Jason Fong, two volunteers of the 1882 Foundation, will talk about Range 99 at the Congressional Cemetery in DC. Range 99 was preserved for…

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