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Chinese American Women in History Conference

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Charles Sumner School

1201 17th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

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The 1882 Foundation and the Chinese American Museum DC present a conference on Chinese American Women in History, exploring a century of experiences framed by the enactment of the 1875 Page Act, that targeted Chinese women for exclusion from the US, and the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, landmark immigration reform that finally enabled migration of Chinese spouses and families.

The conference will be held in Washington, DC, October 24-26, 2019 at three convenient locations in a 2-block radius: the Chinese American Museum, the historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, and University of California Washington Center.

The conference will include scholarly panels, community storytelling, and film screenings that feature the pioneering work of Chinese American women filmmakers. The conference is open to anyone interested in the topic whether as professional scholars or as individuals personal curiosity.


The conference consists of several sessions. A single registration fee of $50 allows admission to all the sessions plus Thursday evening's welcoming reception and a pre-screening light refreshment and meet the film makers gathering before Friday movies. The fee also covers continental breakfast and lunch boxes during the two-day conference. Individuals can pay a separate $10 fee to attend the film screening on Friday evening. Participation in Saturday's community activities is generally open to the public but requires an RSVP (to allow us to have a head-count). Please reach out to womensconference@1882foundtion.org.


FRIDAY - Presentations and Panels

9:00 am to 4:30 pm
October 25, 2019

Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street NW, Washington DC

A day of scholarly panels and discussions. Fuller descriptions of the panels and lectures, and of the speakers and moderators can be found by going to:https://1882foundation.org/chinese-american-women-in-history-conference/

Morning Session:

9:00 am: Arrival and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 am: The Activist -- Mabel Lee

11:00 am: The Artist - Anna May Wong

Lunch box for registered participants, a wide range of cafeterias, cafes and lunch trucks surrounds the Sumner School.

Afternoon Session - Track A

12:30 pm: The War Brides: Social Adaptation and Immigration

2:00 pm: Personal Reflections Post WWII

Afternoon Session - Track B

12:30 pm: Between Back and White: Gong Lum v. Rice, Chinese American Women in Jim Crow South

2:00 pm: Hanford Tales: Women as Cultural Carriers in Rural Chinatowns

Combined afternoon Session

3:15 pm: Approaches to History and Behind the Storytelling: Perspectives and Looking Ahead

4:00 pm: Wrap Up and Closing Remarks for the Day

4:30 pm: Dinner Break and shift from Sumner School to Chinese American Museum DC for mingling and exhibit preview.


FRIDAY EVENING MOVIES - Finding Kukan and the Curse of Quan Gwon
6:00 to 8:30 pm
October 25, 2019

University of California Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC

Registered participants and friends continue networking casually at the Chinese American Museum before the film screenings. Meet documentarian Robin Lung of Finding Kukan, and Greg Mark of the silent movie Curse of Quan Gwon.


SATURDAY - Panels, Community Discussions, Authors Corner, Table Top Exhibits
9:00am to 5:00pm
October 26, 2019

University of California Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC

Saturday continues the conference and opens to community engagement at panels and discussions mixed with workshop-style sessions on oral and written storytelling. There will be an open mic for people individually or in pairs to tell a story. There will be a corner for authors and film makers to display and sale books and film and for table top exhibits. The session is open to all at no cost, but advance sign up is desired, and donations of any amount would be appreciated.


9:00 am: Sign-in and coffee, tea and pastries

9:30 am: Welcome and opening remarks

9:45 am: Panel Discussion on Finding Kukan, Curse of Quan Gwon and Chinese American Women in Film

10:45 am: Writers Panel and the Written Narrative

Lunch box for registered participants, a wide range of cafeterias, cafes and lunch trucks surrounds UCDC.

1:30 pm: Storytellers: Oral Historians,Traditions and Creatives

2:00 pm: Open Mic - "Stories My Mother Told Me," and "Between Me and Her"

4:30 pm: Closing Remarks



Logistical notes:

  • ANYONE ATTENDING NEEDING DISABILITY ACCESS: PLEASE CONTACT WOMENSCONFERENCE@1882FOUNDATION.ORG, SUBJECT: ACCESSIBILITY, IN ADVANCE TO ENSURE ACCOMMODATIONS.

  • For Sumner School Museum and Archives: 100% Identification Check is required of all Visitors and Guests of the Museum. All guests must check in with the Security Officer on Duty prior to entry into the elevator lobby, stairwells, or elevator.

  • Umbrellas, backpacks and large bags are not permitted above the ground floor. An area on the ground floor is available for wet coats, umbrellas and any other items not permitted above the ground floor. Sumner School is not responsible for personal articles, equipment left in the building, or stolen items. Lost and found items are retained for 30 days only.


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