A unit of Chinese American women, known as “Air WACs,” recruited to serve with the Army Air Forces in World War II. Source

The 1882 Foundation and Chinese American Museum, DC
Invite proposals for Participation in
The Chinese American Women in History Conference

A Call for Papers and Presentations:  The 1882 Foundation and Chinese American Museum, DC request proposals for participating in the Chinese American Women in History Conference, October 24–26, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Day 1 of the conference will be focused on panels and lectures on historical persons and issues from the 1875 Page Act to 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.  We are particularly interested in promoting research and discussion on the impact of the 1945 War Brides Act on Chinese families and communities.  We are interested in revealing the stories of strong entrepreneurs, warriors, community activists, cultural carriers and caring mothers and sisters.

Day 2 of the conference will be community-based day of storytelling and writing workshops.  This will include a public invitation to an open-mic, stand-up storytelling, and a call for short stories and a writing workshop.

During the conference there will be a public screening and community discussion of Finding Kukan (2016) by Robin Lung, and The Curse of Quan Gwon (1916) by Marion E. Wong, represented by her grandson Greg Mark.

Examples of types of submissions for consideration as a lecture or in panel with others:

  • A scholarly article based on original research of a pre-1965 historical person or issue
  • An opinion-editorial exploring an issue and/or policy that impacts further documentation of the experience of Chinese American women in history,
  • A film or multi-media project based on oral histories or the stories of Chinese American women
  • A proposal for a panel discussion on a Chinese American women historical topic or incident.

We are also calling for short stories (no more than 5 pages) for consideration to be highlighted and read at the Day 2 Writers Workshop.

June 1 Deadline: Submit a proposal and abstract of your topic of no more than 300 words by June 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact info@1882foundation.org, using subject line “CAWH Conference.”

Please consider aiding us in our fundraising efforts.

All contributions will go toward transportation and venue expenses and other costs associated with organizing the conference.​

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