Conference sessions.

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1A FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 GARDEN A

"Changing Education and Community Outreach in San Francisco's Sunset District"

--Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center panel

The Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center is an example of an organization located outside of Chinatown that caters to a wide population of Chinese Americans. The Beacon Center provides a variety of services to the Sunset community, such as after school programs, computer classes, and youth outreach. This panel will focus on the educational and community services offered by the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, Francis Scott Key Elementary School, and the After School Program at Sunset Elementary School.

Moderator: Theresa J. Mah

Panelists: Alice Tom, Soon Young

1B FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 GARDEN B

Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon

by Marie Rose Wang

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Moderator: Donald Chan

1C FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 SPRING A

"Rediscovering the Bay Area's Chinese Heritage, Part 1: The Intersections of Buildings, Landscapes, and Family Histories"

This panel explores ways we can learn from and promote conservation of cultural resources related to California's Chinese heritage. While past discrimination downplayed these histories, multi-year research and discoveries-in-progress show there is still much we can recover. We will also discuss legal frameworks on which we can draw in protecting historic buildings and sites.

Moderator: Leigh Jin


Kevin Frederick, "Rediscovering Alameda's Railroad Avenue Chinatown: The History of 2320 Lincoln Avenue"

This presentation discusses Frederick's architectural and archival research into Alameda's Chinatown. Gim's Kitchen, located at 2320 and 2322 Lincoln Avenue, was built in the 1860s and is the oldest documented commercial building still standing in Alameda. The building also had direct ties to the Transcontinental Railroad, which stimulated the early building boom in Alameda, including Alameda's Chinatown.

Anthea Hartig, "Tracing the Legacy of Asian Americans in the Frontier West: A Commitment to Preserving Historic Buildings and Landscapes That Reflect Our Diverse Heritage"

Since 1971, the Notional Trust's Western Office has been encouraging grassroots efforts to protect the historic buildings, sites, and communities associated with the many cultures that coil the West their home. In 2001, the Western Office launched "The Mosaic of Western Heritage," or commitment to use its programs and activities to promote awareness of the contributions mode to the West by diverse populations and to increase public support for preservation of Western heritage.

Jeffrey A. Ow, "The Space-making Possibilities of Chinese American Family History: An Alameda Case Study"

Using the 2004 movement to save Gim's Kitchen in Alameda, Ow discusses how Chinese Americans in the Son Francisco Bay Area affect preservation at the citywide scale through research, maintenance, and dissemination of their family history.

William Wong, "Oakland's Chinese Pioneers: A Forgotten Generation" The pro-World War II generation of Oakland Chinese represents an unsung link between the 1882 generations and the post-World War II generations. Wong will show some Oakland Chinese in their 80s and 90s, and narrate their stories, which are testimony to survival skills and cultural adaptability.

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1D FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 SPRING B/C

"100 Years of Protest"

Moderator: Russell Jeung


Jane Leung Larson, "The 1905 Anti-American Boycott as a Transnational Chinese Movement"

China's first nationwide mass movement, the 1905 anti-American boycott protesting the US exclusion policy, was transnational, linking Chinese in China with their counterparts all over the world. The papers of Tom Leung, a Los Angeles leader of the Chinese Empire Reform Association, provide evidence of these links and their political significance.

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Jean Pfaelzer, "Driven Out: Roundups and Resistance of the Chinese in Rural California" This paper stems from Pfaelzer's forthcoming book and describes the expulsions of Chinese people from over 100 rural towns, from Southern California to the Washington Territory. It exposes and analyzes the purges, the failed purges, and the many successful efforts of Chinese resistance--legal, militant, legislative, and passive. The paper will place these expulsions in a global context of migration, trade, and expansion.

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Phil ring, "Asian American Community Building to Fight the Racial Scapegoating of Wen Ho Lee"

In 1999, Dr. Wen He Lee was terminated from his job as a physicist in Los Alamos National Laboratories because of allegations that he was a spy. US District Judge James Parker apologized to Lee in 2000 and said the Departments of Energy and Justice "have embarrassed our entire nation and each of us who is a citizen of it." This presentation will discuss and analyze how the Asian American community protested the government's espionage case against Lee.

Andy Wang, "Tracking Baodiao in Asia/America: Diaspora, Sovereignty, and Cold War Imperialism"

This paper tracks the Chinese diasporic movement to protect Diaoyutai at the edges of Asia and America in the 1970s. It seeks to reconceptualize the ethnicized notion of Asian America and to offer a narrative of transpacific cultural politics by locating disaporic identifications and the demands for sovereignty at the center of Asian American subjectivity formation.


High School Conference Orientation

--Sponsored by SFSU President's Office

Greetings: CHSA & SFSU (AAS, Associated Students Inc., Asian Student Union)

Guest Speaker: Eric Mar

1G FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 SAKURA A

Look Forward and Carry on the Past

--NAATA documentary presentation

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Presenter: Pamela Matsuoka

1H FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 SAKURA B

"Diasporic Poetics: Old and New Homes in Literature"

Moderator: Dorothy Wang


Patricia Chu, "Where I Have Never Been: Diasporic Narratives of 'Return' by Later Generations"

This paper draws upon diaspora theory (Tu Wei-ming, Aihwa Ong) and personal narratives of first-time "return" to Chinese ancestral homelands by Chinese diasporic offspring (Denise Chang, Josephine Khu, and others) to explore how diaspora theories may be transformed when compared with personal accounts, and how Asian American models need to reconsider transnational travel and subjectivity.

Te-hsing Shah, "Branching Out: Chinese American Literary Studies in Taiwan"

This paper addresses another direction of "branching out," namely, the spread of Chinese American literary studies ham the United States to Taiwan. By tracing the historical development of this particular branch of American literary studies in Taiwan, this paper tries both to highlight some trends and characteristics of this development in the post 15 years and to offer a critical reflection upon them.

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Steven G. Yao, "The Changing Face of Chinese American Poetry"

This paper outlines the historical poetics of Chinese American verse from the early 20th century to the present. It also interrogates the cultural politics of different formal and rhetorical strategies used by Chinese American poets.

Da Zheng, "Motherland and Chinese Diaspora"

This paper discusses China Revisited, a posthumously published volume by travel writer Chiang Yee, that records his trip to China in 1975. Placing the book in its historical context, the paper examines how the sensitivity of a diasporic Chinese and yearning for home(-land) play on important role in this passionate presentation of his motherland.

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1I FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 SAKURA C

"Expanding Primary Sources for Chinese American Historical Research at the National Archives Pacific Region-San Francisco, 1975-2005"

--NARA panel

Chair: Daniel Nealand


Erika Lee, "Documenting Exclusion: The INS Records at the National Archives" This paper discusses the rich and largely unused source material on Chinese Americans located at the National Archives in Son Bruno. From arrival records with interrogations and medical examinations to court transcripts end expulsion hearings, these records have been rightly described as the "silver lining" of the Chinese Exclusion laws, as they document the Chinese immigration experience in greater detail than any other source available.

Daniel Nealand, "Overview and Examples of NARA San Francisco Historical Resources Then and Now, 1975-2005"

This presentation chronicles exponential expansion of relevant NARA-San Francisco archival holdings, research opportunities and finding aids from 1975's Chinese Studies in Federal Records through acquisition of major Angel Island holdings, and now, a 2004 publication noting archival records of myriad Federal agencies relating to Chinese American history. Exciting audiovisual examples include historic 14th Amendment court cases, family photographs, maps, and INS documents.

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Brian Yee, "The 13,000 Mile Effect of the National Archives (on Chinese American Youth)" This is the story of research "brought to life" by a student's participation in the "In Search of Roots" Program sponsored by the Chinese Culture Foundation, CHSA, and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Guangdong Province. Archival journeys in search of genealogical documents led to a journey of reunion with relatives in the ancestral home village. Slides portraying research and home village visits ore included.

1J FRIDAY, 8:30-9:45 KYOTO

"Race and Language in Public Education"

--Chinese for Affirmative Action panel

For over two decades, the San Francisco Unified School District has had to fulfill the obligations of two consent decrees. While Lau provides bilingual and bicultural instruction for immigrant students, NAACP requires school desegregation and educational equity.

Panelists will discuss the advocacy efforts in support of both cases and the...

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