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09/26/20 75th Anniversary Ceremony of End of WWII

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and honor our Chinese American veterans from the Golden State, we will listen and learn from our most senior WWII Chinese American veterans, plus currently serving and retired military personnel, as they share their personal stories and their messages to future generations. This is a very historic gathering of all Chinese American military personnel, both past and present.

In addition, view the premiere of the short feature, “We Served with Pride, the road to the Congressional Gold Medal,” at time 33:00:00 of the video and listen to CHCP Advisory Board Member / Historian Connie Young Yu at time 1:03:30.

09/02/20 SPICE Webinar: “Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History”

Recording of the 9/2/20 SPICE webinar “Angel Island Immigration Station: the Hidden History” with Connie Young Yu and Jonas Edman. This webinar is a joint collaboration between the Center for East Asian Studies and Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University.

CHCP Advisory Board Member / Historian Connie Young Yu speaks about how the Chinese detention barracks on Angel Island were saved from demolition in the 1970s, opening the door to the hidden history of the immigration station. She recounts the experience of her grandmother, Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey, who was detained in the barracks for 15 and a half months starting in 1924 and how the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on her grandmother’s case.

SPICE worked with graphic artist Rich Lee to publish “Angel Island: The Chinese-American Experience.” Its author, Jonas Edman, shares activities and materials from this graphic novel that tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay between 1910 and 1940.

09/01/20 SJ City Council Meeting: “Park Naming: Plaza in Japantown”

By Christian Jochim, 2020 CHCP Secretary

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CHCP successfully spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to urge the SJ City Council to vote for the “Heinlenville Park” name for a new Japantown park. The park is to be located where the former Heinlenville Chinatown existed from 1887 to 1931.

CHCP, founded in 1987 to rebuild the replica Ng Shing Gung temple in History Park, has long identified with the temple’s original home of Heinlenville, not only by featuring the rebuilt temple as its Chinese American Historical Museum, but also by promoting the video “Home Base: A Chinatown Called Heinlenville” and by offering a Heinlen Award for extraordinary contributions to preserving Chinese American culture by local non-Chinese Americans.

The recording of the proceedings of the City Council meeting can be viewed below. Listen to CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong speak at time 3:01:00 of the proceedings.

08/29/20 Webinar: “Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I.”

August 29, 2020 webinar sponsored by:

Webinar Agenda:

  • “Fog of War” – video of events leading up to the beginning of WWII through the eyes of Chinese Americans
  • Keynote: Montgomery Hom, who takes you down into the trenches to provide a unique perspective of WWII Chinese American memorabilia and personal stories
  • “We Served with Pride” – preview clip of video featuring Chinese American WWII Vets, who served with uncommon valor
  • Panelists providing personal stories of how Chinese Americans contributed on the front line and home front:
    • Major General William Chen – US Army (ret.)
    • Connie Young Yu – Author, Historian, CHCP Advisory Board Member
    • Montgomery Hom – Military Historian, Author, Filmmaker

08/26/20 Centennial of Ratification of 19th Amendment

When Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining three-fourths of the states. Certification of the ratification occurred shortly after…on August 26, 1920.

In honor of the many brave women, who worked so hard …and so long… to make this a reality, we are sharing the video, “CA Women Inspire”.  The host is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California’s First Lady. It starts with indigenous women and goes all the way to recent times.


Mabel Lee (NY Tribune 1912)

Also read about: Mabel Ping-Hua Lee: How Chinese-American Women Helped Shape the Suffrage Movement.

Mabel Lee was a suffragist who mobilized the Chinese community in America to support the women’s right to vote, and in 1921, she became the first Chinese woman in the United States to earn a doctorate degree. On July 24, 2018, legislation was signed to designate Manhattan’s Chinatown Post Office in New York City as the “Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office.”

08/14/20 Remembering Coby Yee

CHCP is saddened to advise that Coby Yee, a featured panelist in our “East meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs” webinar, died peacefully August 14, 2020, at the age of 93.

If you wish to see Coby full of life, love and laughter, view our Past Events blog entry for the webinar recording taken July 15.

For more memories of Coby:  https://bacgg.org/index.php/2020/08/16/coby-yee-a-celebration-of-life

07/21/20 Remembering Judge Michael Kwan

We of CHCP mourn the passing of Judge Michael Kwan with heartfelt remembrance. To CHCP and the Asian American community, he was the president of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association and helped to create the movement to reclaim our history at the 150th  anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.  Click to view a tribute letter by CHCP Advisory Board Member Connie Young Yu.

08/06/20 ACCC Zoom Class: “San Jose Chinatowns; CAH Museum”

By Brenda Hee Wong, 2020 CHCP Director

CHCP Directors Erwin Wong and Brenda Hee Wong were guest speakers for Avenidas Chinese Community Center (ACCC)‘s program:  “Learning Chinese Culture in America Guest Speaker Series: San Jose Chinatowns; Chinese American Historical Museum.” Topics covered were CHCP, Chinatowns of San Jose, Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM), and “Heinlenville Park” letter writing campaign.

07/25/20 JAMsj Facebook Live: “Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” (Episode 2: Heinlenville Chinatown)

by Brenda Hee Wong, 2020 CHCP Director

CHCP Advisory Board member Connie Young Yu and CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong discussed Heinlenville, San Jose Chinatowns, and the Chinese American Historical Museum at this episode of Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)‘s “Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” series. 

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07/15/20 Webinar: “East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs”

The “East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs” webinar was our first co-hosted session between the Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group (BACGG) and CHCP … and broke all previous attendee records. Attendees came from all parts of the nation (including Hawaii), plus folks from Canada, Japan, and England to laugh, listen, and learn from the daring dancing dolls, Coby Yee and Cynthia Yee, and Calvin Fong, son of a nightclub owner.

The Webinar consists of 3 parts:

  1. Cocktail Lounge/Waiting Room (featuring music, dancing and a cavalcade of stars and entertainers)
  2. Calvin Fong’s Keynote Presentation (23:40 – 1:00:55) click to play
  3. Panel Discussion (1:00:56 – 1:48:00) click to play

Abstract

This webinar explores a little known, but exciting, topic in Chinese American history: Chinese American nightclubs.  Many of the performers (singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, comedians, etc.) were Chinese with headliner names; like the “Chinese Frank Sinatra” or the “Chinese Ginger Rogers.”  Many performers were 2nd generation Asians coming out of the Great Depression and who loved entertaining but were shut out from performing live on American stage or in the movies.  The Chinese nightclubs offered a venue for them to show their many talents and opened opportunities that they could not realize otherwise.

For information about the panelists:  https://bacgg.org/index.php/webinar-east-meets-west-chinatown-night-clubs-july-15-2020/

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David Yick, CHCP President
Ron Chan, BACGG Executive Director