Category Archives: history

RIP Him Mark Lai: Dean of Chinese American History (1925-2009)

We twittered about the passing of Him Mark Lai: Dean of Chinese American History. He worked closely with the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco Chinatown. The UCLA Asian American Studies Center did a great write up here. He will be missed.

Him Mark Lai — The Master Archivist

Scene from Him Mark Lai: The People’s Historian

Terra Cotta Warriors in Houston and Washington DC

If you can’t get to China to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, you have a chance to see them in the US. (This isn’t The Mummy 3.) Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor was named one of the top five “must see” exhibitions by Time Magazine. This exhibit is making its way to the Houston Museum of Natural Science (May 22, 2009 – October 18, 2009) and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC (November 19, 2009 to March 31, 2010). Check out the exhibit website here.

Learn more about Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor

Angel Island Immigration Station Reopening

On February 15, 2009, the Angel Island Immigration Station (aka Ellis Island of the West) reopened to the public. (It was definitely in bad shape before the reopening. We remember a big gaping hole in the ceiling.) Now that is has available to the public again. Thousands of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and other immigrants from Asia passed through the Angel Island station from 1910 through the early 1940s. This was not a pleasant experience for many of our great grandparent, grandparent, and parent. They don’t even want to talk about their painful experience at Angel Island. When you visit and see first hand you will see why. Many Paper Sons and Daughters as well as Japanese “picture brides” have passed through the station.

Go learn more about the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Also a cool article A trip into Angel Island’s past.

Angel Island Immigration Station Tour

The Terra-Cotta Warriors

In a chance discovery, an entire army of terracotta warriors is found. The first emperor of China had them created and buried with him, to protect him in the afterlife. A group of them is coming to National Geographic Museum in November 2009.

The Terra-Cotta Warriors

The Terra-Cotta Warriors