Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions (Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans)

Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions (Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans)

Language: English

Pages: 418

ISBN: 0759104581

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Collection of essays by Chinese-American scholar Him Mark Lai; published in association with the Chinese Historical Society of San Francisco.





















early twentieth century. The population remained small and insignificant until the influx of the VCL Chinese. The Hainanese were the least numerous of the five major Chinese dialect groups, consisting of about 4 percent of the Chinese in VCL. Nonetheless, their arrival on these shores swelled the population of the Hainanese community in America several times to a figure between thirty-five thousand and sixty thousand within a short period. The locus of the community also shifted from New York

directors of Honolulu’s Chung Wah Chung Kung Hui (Chinese Labor Association) passed a resolution in February 1946 to launch a campaign to reestablish the Chinese schools. On November 22, 1946, attorney Wai Yuen Char (Nicholas Char) filed a bill of complaint in the Federal District Court on behalf of Mo Hock Ke Lok Po (Mun Lun School), Chung Shan Chinese School Association, and Dai Kung (Tai Koong) Chinese School asking the court to issue an injunction on the law banning Asian language schools.

flag, and urged all associations in the system to do likewise.110 Chinatown was treated to the unusual sight of a sea of Stars and Stripes fluttering in the wind. Undoubtedly the patriotic fervor that swept the country after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks resulting in the collapse of New York City’s World Trade Center Twin Towers with great loss of lives played a major role in this decision. But this act was also a symbolic, albeit belated, acknowledgment of the realities in the

western-educated professionals of Sai Chew ancestry have assumed increasingly prominent leadership roles in the society. In 1997 the society nominated Dr. Irene Kwok, an educator in the San Francisco Unified School District, to be the first female representative to serve as president of Fook Yum Society. The following year she was elected to serve on the Sam Yup Association board of directors and became one of the representatives from the Sam Yup Association serving on the CCBA-SF board of

1972), 4–5. 66. Letter signed jointly by the Portland Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Zhaoyi Gongsuo (Chiu Yut Gung So), and Wo Tai and Hong Yuen stores, and sent to the Sam Yup Association in San Francisco. 67. Sam Yup Association minutes, bk no. 3, entry for the fourteenth day of the second moon, 1890. 68. Record of Income and Disbursements for Sam Yup Association Temple, 45. 69. Gloria Sun Horn, ed., Chinese Argonauts (Los Altos Hills, CA: Foothill Community College, 1971), 8.

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