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  • May 20, 2021 5:48 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Mayor Lamar Thorpe, right, and Andrew Li, president of the Contra Costa community college board, holding a proclamation apologizing for the city of Antioch’s early treatment of its Chinese residents (Credit: KTVU).

    The following is an excerpt from the 05/20/21 New York Times:

    By Johnny Diaz, NY Times

    A California city has apologized for its treatment of Chinese immigrants who came to the city during the state’s gold rush, atoning for its past as a “sundown town” where the Chinese were barred from the streets after dark.

    During a special meeting this week, the Antioch City Council unanimously adopted the resolution to issue a formal apology to early Chinese immigrants.

    The mayor of Antioch, Calif., said the city was going to designate the site of its former Chinatown as a historic district.

    For more information:  Read the full 05/20/21 NY Times article.

  • May 16, 2021 5:37 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    By Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy, 2021 Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

    For the seventh year, the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (CHCP) is honored to recognize the recipients of the Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship (LGGMS) on Sunday, May 16th, during a virtual Awards Ceremony held on Zoom.

    The Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in tribute to CHCPʼs late co-founder, Lillian Gong-Guy, to recognize exemplary seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement balanced with strong community service and involvement. Our six scholarship award recipients this year truly represent the future leaders of our community.

    Our scholarship winners are:

    • Kylie Sullivan of Ann Sobrato High School
    • Christina Yao of Evergreen Valley High School
    • Cindy Chen of Lynbrook High School
    • Mingyuan Song of Branham High School
    • Isaac Sun of Saratoga High School
    • Catherine Tong of Notre Dame High School

    In addition to the Co-Chairs, Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy, this yearʼs Scholarship Committee members are Anita Wong Kwock, Bozena Teo, Brenda Wong, Judy Wong, and Karyn Wong.

    Thanks to all the donors to the LGGMS program for their continued generosity and support. For more information, please contact us at scholarship@chcp.org.

  • May 13, 2021 3:49 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    View the recording of the CHCP Speaker Series webinar: "Pre-WWII Poetry of Chinese, Japanese, & Korean Immigrants with Comparison," a lecture and Q&A with Dr. Charles Egan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University.  He is the author of "Voices of Angel Island: Inscriptions and Immigrant Poetry, 1910-1945," a historical and literary anthology of the writings of immigrants detained at Angel Island.

  • May 01, 2021 4:12 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Chinese American Heritage Foundation (CAHF)’s Book Talk Series: “Chinese Genealogy with David Lei” event was held on 24 Apr 2021 via Zoom. The event was sponsored by CAHF and the San Antonio Chinese American Citizens Alliance.

  • April 11, 2021 5:57 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    The Opera Costume Display, part of Poppy Jasper International Film Festival's China Day, featured CHCP members modeling beautiful, ornate Chinese opera costumes.

  • April 10, 2021 6:16 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    By Brenda Hee Wong, 2021 CHCP Director

    CHCP Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP) families were happy to help the City of San Jose with the assembly of  "Protect SJ" kits to help protect members of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, a fellow Asian service group.
  • March 27, 2021 6:55 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown presented the hidden histories of gambling in the Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino communities of San Jose Japantown in this Zoom/Facebook event. CHCP Advisory Board Member and Historian Connie Young Yu presented the history of gambling in the Chinese community, Heinlenville Chinatown. The show also featured a special guest, Ted Ramos, author of “San Jose Gambling” and a San Jose Police Department officer.

  • March 07, 2021 5:30 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    CHCP's webinar titled "From Foundations to Frontiers," covered a new landmark study commissioned by the Committee of 100 on the enduring contributions of Chinese Americans to American society over the past 175 years.

    This study was completed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (Research Division for the Economist Magazine). You may access the study here (click on each of the 7 sections for details) and the press release here.

    This virtual presentation offered a new perspective and hopefully furthered understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by highlighting Chinese American experiences and contributions.

    Table of Contents for the webinar recording:

     Video Time   Topic
     0:00 to 5:33  Introduction of Presenters
     5:33 to 36:40  Chinese American Background
     36:40 to 46:57  Contributions to Education
     46:57 to end  Q&A
  • March 06, 2021 6:31 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    In honor of Women’s History Month, Santa Clara Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors Hazel Ying Lee. Hazel Lee became one of the first Chinese American women to earn a pilot's license (Oct. 1932). In 1933, she and several other Chinese expatriates went to China, hoping to join the Chinese Air Force, in response to the Japanese invasion of China. The Republic of China Air Force refused to accept female pilots. During bombings, she helped friends and neighbors find shelter. In 1943, she became the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military, as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). WASPs were considered civilians, with no military benefits and no military funeral. WASPs bought their own uniforms and paid their own room and board. They flew the least desirable missions. Lee delivered aircraft from the converted Detroit car factories to places where they would be shipped to Europe and the Pacific. During an emergency landing in Kansas, she was chased by a farmer with a pitchfork who thought she was an invading Japanese soldier. She was one of the first women to pilot fighter aircraft for the U.S. military. Known as a good cook, she took fellow WASPs to Chinese restaurants, supervised menus, and sometimes cooked the meals herself. Using bright red lipstick, she inscribed classmates' nicknames in Chinese characters onto their planes. In November 1944, due to control tower error, her plane and another collided. She died from burns received in the accident. Three days later, her brother died in combat. The family was at first denied a burial site for the brother and sister in a Portland cemetery, because it was in a 'white section.' Lee was buried in a non-military funeral. She was the last WASP to die in service. In 2004, Hazel Ying Lee was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor. In 2011, she was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame.

    Read about Hazel Ying Lee and Maggie Gee, the only two Chinese American women pilots in World War II, in the 5/21/20 NY Times article: Overlooked No More: When Hazel Ying Lee and Maggie Gee Soared the Skies.

  • February 11, 2021 2:30 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) held a First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony for the Chien-Shiung Wu Commemorative Forever® Stamp on February 11, 2021. This virtual ceremony was carried on the Postal Service’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. 

    Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) was a Chinese immigrant who became a nuclear physicist in an almost entirely male-dominated field in the 1950s. She worked with Oppenheimer and Fermi on the Manhattan Project, helping develop the method for separating nonfissionable uranium 238 from fissionable U-235—the bomb’s key fuel. Her experiment on the non-conservation of parity disproved a fundamental law of physics that had been considered incontrovertible for 30 years. The male theoretical physicists she worked with were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1957, but she did not get the award this time, nor for earlier work on Beta decay that was also considered Nobel-worthy. She was awarded the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. She's one of only two individuals being honored with stamps this year, and in a year that the USPS is honoring Asian-American achievement. The art for her stamp was done by Asian-American painter Kam Mak.  

    To watch the ceremony: https://www.facebook.com/USPS/videos/1297548877293468/h 

    To purchase the commemorative stamp: https://store.usps.com/.../chien-shiung-wu...  

    To learn more about Chien-Shiung Wu:  

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