December 17: A Date to Remember

December 17: A Date to Remember December 17 should be a day of remembrance and celebration.  This was the date that the Chinese exclusion laws were repealed in 1943, sixty years after the 1882 act barred Chinese from immigrating to the United States or becoming American citizens.  Congress took this action primarily as a war tactic.  It had very little to do with Congress recognizing it had wrongly targeted the Chinese or wanted them to be included in the American community.  President Roosevelt’s signing statement…

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1882 Foundation Recognized in China

 1882 Foundation Recognized in China  The 1882 Foundation was among eight organizations from around the world to receive awards for their work promoting the history and culture of Overseas Chinese.  Other organizations included language, social services and community entities from Australia, Japan, Italy, and Malaysia.   The Chinese American Citizen Alliance’s Pedro Chan was also recognized for his work promoting the history of the WWII Flying Tigers. The awards culminated a symposium on the preservation of Chinese culture organized by the Zhigong Party, Guangdong University of…

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Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation Awards Dinner Gala

Linking Heritage, History and Immigration Executive Director Ted Gong recently received a legacy award from the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. The Virginia foundation is dedicated to honoring and continuing the tradition of those who formed the first rural branch of the NAACP.   In receiving the award during the foundation’s gala dinner January 9, 2015, Gong gave the following remarks. His remarks bring together the Chinese American and African American stories and tie together pride in heritage, efforts at historical preservation and fundamental issues in today’s…

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Defending the Nation – Videos

Videos on Chinese Americans Defending the Nation https://youtu.be/ewgoHWyMW6o Comments on Chinese Americans in WWII, go to: https://archive.org/details/CSPAN3_20151018_194000_Chinese_Americans_in_China_During_World_War_II   See Kurt Lee, Uncommon Courage, Breakout at Chosen, Korean War: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/uncommon-courage-breakout-at-chosin-sneak-peek/12677 https://vimeo.com/88290470 More on Kurt Lee: https://vimeo.com/88290470 https://youtu.be/9M3Y6OBs5jc https://youtu.be/qAUrZjSdyeE

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Range 99 At The Historic Congressional Cemetery
 TO HONOR THOSE WHO WERE HERE ...a memorial to honor all those who came to the United States to seek better lives for themselves and their families, and together built the American nation. 

Range 99 At The Historic Congressional Cemetery

As the Winter sun crept over the hills back of Anacostia early yesterday morning,casting a pale light over a sleeping city and dispelling the chill mists of the Eastern branch, its rays fell upon its grim and cheerless a sight as ever greeted a dawn. Huddled in the far eastern corner of Congressional cemetery, against the board fence that meets the river bank, was a small band of Chinese, bracing themselves against the bitter west Wind with a determination demanded by a grisly task. In…

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Havana’s Chinatown: So where are the Chinese people?

Havana's Chinatown:  So Where Are the Chinese People? by Roberta Chew An occasional post by the author for D.C. Talk Story and the 1882 Project and Foundation.  See disclaimer below. We had scant time to visit Havana’s Chinatown (El Barrio Chino in Spanish) during our 4-day stay in Cuba’s capital.  Compared to D.C.’s multi-hued, gaudy arch, the PRC in 1998 installed a plain, unadorned grey archway for this Caribbean Chinatown.   Why had Havana scored the budget model? We passed buildings with Chinese characters on them…

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