Chinese American historical society, museum, and organization caucus.

Author:Dong, Lorraine
Position:8F Caucus Summary
 
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A total of eighteen Chinese American historical societies, museums, and history organizations attended the caucus. Agenda items included issues concerning historical preservation, fundraising, grant writing, and how to make the town and gown connection. Two letters were presented for caucus deliberation and signing. (These letters were mailed to boards of the organizations weeks in advance before the conference.) After some sharing of concerns, representatives from twelve of the organizations signed the joint letter to preserve the Alien Files; it was addressed to US Archivist Alien Weinstein of the National Archives and Records Administration. Representatives from only three organizations signed the joint letter to Roger I. Payne of the US Board of Geographic Names to remove the name of "Chinaman's Arch" in Utah and to replace it with "Chinese Arch." CHSA was responsible for mailing these letters.

The idea of developing an umbrella structure for all the organizations was discussed. Twelve representatives signed up to be part of a "cyberspace" committee to continue the discussion. CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee would initiate the first email. This committee was to determine also which organization would host the next Chinese American Studies conference. At the time, there were four possibilities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver.

CAUCUS PARTICIPANTS

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (1976) [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) was founded by community members and descendants of detainees who were committed to preserving the deteriorating immigration station barracks. AIISF is leading the effort to preserve, restore, and interpret the Angel Island Immigration Station, a National Historic landmark, and is promoting educational activities for a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America's past, present, and future.

Chicago Chinese American Historical Society (2004) [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]

The Chicago Chinese American Historical Society is an organization devoted solely to the study and teaching of Chinese American community history in Chicago and the Midwest.

Chinatown Historical Society of Honolulu (1991)

The Chinatown Historical Society of Honolulu acquires, records, and distributes information about Honolulu's Chinatown. Its primary activity is a weekly walking tour under license with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and...

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