Few places in the world have represent the Chinese diaspora like New York's Chinatown. From it's early period in the Nineteenth Century as a neighborhood for migrant Chinese workers, Chinatown grew to symbolize a future home for workers and families enthralled by the American Dream. But, for most Chinese migrants, immigration to the United States meant exploitation, racial segregation, and systemic exclusion from the dominant culture.
This talk will cover the early history of New York's Chinatown, the effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Tong Wars, and immigration in the post World War II Era that has given rise to the image of one of Manhattan's most famous and recognized neighborhoods.
The Chinese History Study Group meets monthly – generally the second Wednesday of each month, October through July. Our members select and research topics of personal interest within the themes, make brief oral presentations, and then engage in discussion with those attending the talk. Each month one or two members discuss their topics.