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  • December 11, 2021 5:38 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    On December 11, 2021, Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul hosted a panel discussion regarding the Chinese Exclusion Act. The 1882 law made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already in the U.S. to become citizens.

    The panel included Stanford University professor Gordon Chang, author/CHCP member Connie Young Yu, and Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation Edward Tepporn.

  • December 08, 2021 4:53 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    This webinar by the Chinese American Museum Washington DC (CAMDC) provides an up-close tour of the private collection of Chinese opera costumes displayed at the museum’s special exhibit Golden Threads: Chinese Opera in America.

  • November 11, 2021 6:46 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    The San Jose Roots event hosted by History San Jose at San Pedro Square Market featured ethnic performances by local cultural projects, tours of the Gonzalez-Peralta Adobe & Fallon house historic site, and different activities from that time period. CHCP participated at the event with a performance by Hoong the Dragon plus an outreach table with children's activities and plenty of CHCP literature.

  • November 01, 2021 4:33 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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  • October 20, 2021 6:38 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Ming Quong was established in the mid-1920's in the San Francisco Bay Area as a home for neglected or abandoned Asian girls. Hear firsthand experiences from Ming Quong alumni: Nona Mock Wyman; Elena Lim Wong Viscovich, EdD; Dale Wong; and Janet Chang, RN, BS, MS.

    Click here to view the answers to the questions posed during the Q&A session of the webinar.

    Be sure to view the other two webinars in this Speaker Series:

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  • October 16, 2021 7:32 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    An Orientation / Training class was held for CHCP's Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP) at History Park San Jose. Visit our Volunteer page for information about this program for high school / college students and their parents.

  • October 14, 2021 6:43 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from the 10/14/21 Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News):

    The U.S. Mint has announced that actress Anna May Wong will be recognized as part of its American Women Quarters series, authorized by Public Law 116-330.

    The Anna May Wong Quarter, to be issued in 2022, is the fifth coin in the American Women Quarters Program. Wong (1905-1961) was the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood. She left a legacy for women in the film industry.

    Wong appeared in more than 60 movies throughout her career. In addition to her roles in silent films, television, and stage, she landed a role in one of the first movies made in Technicolor. She achieved international success despite racism and discrimination.

    For more information:  Read the full 10/14/21 Rafu Shimpo article.

  • October 02, 2021 5:59 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Yosmemite National Park ranger Yenyen Chan stands outside the Chinese Laundry Building near the Yosemite History Center in Yosemite’s Wawona on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. The building is being dedicated in honor of its original purpose as a laundry building for the Wawona Hotel and the Chinese immigrants who ran it. CRAIG KOHLRUSS CKOHLRUSS@FRESNOBEE.COM

    The following is an excerpt from Yahoo! News published 10/02/21:

    A century-old building originally used as a laundry by Chinese workers at Yosemite's iconic Wawona Hotel has been restored and turned into a visitor's attraction, recognizing Chinese Americans' contributions to the early history of the national park.

    Officials unveiled a new sign Friday marking the Chinese Laundry Building in Yosemite Valley, the Fresno Bee reports. New exhibits inside tell the story of Chinese workers who helped build Tioga Road and Wawona Road, critical infrastructure that made tourism to the park possible.

    The building — later used as a storage facility — is part of a cluster of structures that will make up the new Yosemite History Center, which will tell the histories of immigrants who made the park what it is today, said Park Ranger Adam Ramsey.

    "Chinese people have been a big part of communities throughout the Sierra Nevada for a really long time, and it’s about time that we started sharing that history here in Yosemite,” Ramsey said.

    According to research conducted by Park Ranger Yenyen Chan, in 1883 Chinese workers helped build the 56-mile (90-kilometer) Tioga Road in just 130 days. The stunning route across the Sierra Nevada reaches 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in elevation and serves as one of the park's main roads.

    Chinese workers were also employed in Yosemite as cooks, laundry workers and gardeners.

    Many first came to California during the Gold Rush, bringing with them skills learned in China about construction, engineering, agriculture, medicine and textiles that made a significant impact in America’s early success, Chan said.

    She said Yosemite’s Chinese history and their contributions were erased from memory because of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act passed by Congress to prevent any more Chinese from entering this country in search of work. The law blocked Chinese immigration for 60 years in this country.

    Members of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, who supported the building's renovation, said they were gratified to see Yosemite include the Chinese in the park's origin story.

    “Something like this really resonates with a lot of people in my generation,” said Eugene Moy, a past president of the society. "We’ve been here since the 1870s, so to be able to see this has deep meaning, because a lot of us, oftentimes, are relegated to the margins. We aren’t always perceived as being full-fledged Americans when the reality is that people have been here for three, four, five generations, for 150 years.”

  • October 01, 2021 5:02 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Connie Young Yu, Gerrye Wong, Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Raul Peralez, County Supervisor Otto Lee, and State Assemblymember Evan Low display the Resolution of Apology.

    On September 29th, the city of San Jose held a historic ceremony to commemorate the adoption of a resolution that was passed on September 28th, apologizing to Chinese immigrants and their descendants for past acts of injustice and discrimination.

    The city had five Chinatowns with the largest one, the Second Market Street Chinatown, built in 1872 where the former Fairmont Hotel is located in downtown San Jose. In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the nation's most restrictive immigration bill prohibiting all Chinese laborers from immigrating to the United States and preventing Chinese from becoming citizens. Five years later, the San Jose City Council declared the Second Market Street Chinatown a public nuisance and unanimously approved an order to remove it to make way for a new City Hall. Before officials acted, the thriving Chinatown was burned down by arsonists, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and displacing about 1,400 people.

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    In 1987, a plaque commemorating the centennial of the burning of the Second Market Street Chinatown was installed at the former Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, but no formal resolution of apology was issued at that time. 

    This ceremony is the formal apology by the city to the public for its 1887 racist order that helped incite the arsonists to burn down Chinatown. The recording of this historic ceremony can be viewed below. 

    Table of Contents for the recording:

     Start Time  Speaker
     00:55 Raul Peralez, SJ District 3 Councilmember
    09:53 Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
    25:20 Connie Young Yu, CHCP Advisory Board Member & Historian
    35:42 Gerrye Wong, CHCP Trustee & Co-Founder
    42:00 Otto Lee, County of Santa Clara Supervisor 
    46:40 Evan Low, California State Assemblymember
    52:40 Raul Peralez, SJ District 3 Councilmember  - final remarks 
    53:35 CHCP Dragon and Lion Dance

    The video below is a consolidation of San Francisco Bay Area evening news clips from Fox, CBS, NBC, and KTSF that covered the San Jose ceremony of apology.

  • September 30, 2021 5:09 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    At their September 28th meeting, the San Jose City Council voted for adoption of a resolution apologizing to Chinese immigrants and their descendants for past acts of injustice and discrimination.

    Listen to CHCP Trustee & Co-Founder Gerrye WongCHCP Advisory Board Member & Historian Connie Young Yu, CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong, and others speak starting at time 3:06:45 of the proceedings.

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