Chinatown: Past & Present

Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a small but resilient community that has consistently overcome outside threats and remains an important cultural center for Asians around the region. Its story raises larger issues of citizenship and rights, the meaning of community, and the diversity that enriches our city.

Join us for a discussion about Chinatown’s history and the legacies of its activism and redevelopment, featuring Kathryn E. Wilson, associate professor of history at Georgia State University; John William Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Deborah Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia; and Roseann Liu, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Followed by a reception.

This event is related to the recent publication of Pennsylvania Legacies on the topic of Chinatown.

This event is made possible by support from the Connelly Foundation. Partners include the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.