A story that has never been told, Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion illustrates the often overlooked Chinese experience at the heart of American history. The New York Historical Society’s landmark exhibition will be on from September 26th until May 2015. This exhibit highlights the lives, achievements, culture, struggles, and diversity of Chinese Americans from the 18th century to today.
Please help the New York Historical Society in conveying the richness of our lived experiences. The Many Faces page on the exhibit’s website offers an opportunity for Chinese Americans to tell their own stories. The New York Chinese-American community is invited to share a story and photo. Submissions may be featured in the exhibit or online. Click here to share your story.
My Chinese American story is that I’ve been telling countless stories of the past two centuries of Chinese American experience, online and offline, for the past 15 years. First arrivals, mining, building railroads, bachelor society, benevolent associations, paper sons, Wong Chin Foo, Chinese Exclusion, numerous legal challenges to anti-Chinese policies in the Supreme Court starting with Chew Heong v. United States in 1884, poetry on the walls in Angel Island, the Los Angeles massacre of 1871, the Rock Springs massacre, the ethnic cleansing campaign known as The Driving Out, all have been told and retold at some length. And of course, Anna May Wong (above, on her famous Chinese identification card which people of Chinese descent were required to carry at all times in the US — even a movie star — at risk of immediate deportation). They’re stories we’ll keep on telling as long as we have to, because they’re stories which are still happening today.