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Image courtesy of The Bancroft Library, Chinese in California Collection, BANC PIC 1986.015:65--PIC

海外華人 Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship & Collection Treasures at Berkeley

A symposium co-sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program of the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and UC Berkeley Library

Co-chaired by Virginia Shih and Sine Hwang Jensen

Symposium Description:

This symposium celebrates the intellectual contributions of UC Berkeley’s research on Chinese communities overseas, including its archival collections from around the world. UC Berkeley created one of the first Chinese American studies program in North America and holds the world’s one of the largest Chinese American archives.

This event will focus on the stories of diverse Chinese Americans, from gold miners to railroad builders, from agriculture and factory workers to entrepreneurs and politicians, from student activists to world-class scientists and engineers. The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship.

This event is free and open to the public. The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations or have questions about this event, please contact Virginia Shih,

Co-sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program of the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the UC Berkeley Library.


At Morrison Library

8:10 - 8:50 am | Registration

8:50 - 9:00 am | Welcome by Professor Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, University Librarian, UC Berkeley

Opening remarks by Professor Shari Huhndorf, Chair of Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

9:00 - 9:45 am | Keynote Address

Chinese American Studies: Past, Present, and Future at UC Berkeley and Beyond / Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, Department of Ethnic Studies

At 180 Doe Library

10:00 - 12:00 pm | Chinese Overseas Scholarship & Curatorship / Chaired by Virginia Shih

Sino-Burmese Diaspora Encounters / Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Chinese American History, Teaching, and Activism / Harvey Dong, Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Dr. Harvey Dong will discuss the activism behind the creation of Asian American Studies and how the rediscovery of early Chinese American history has impacted generations of students. He will draw upon his experience as part of the Third World Liberation Front involved in the student strike of 1969 as well as his long tenure as a lecturer in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley.

Preserving the Grassroots: Chinese American Studies and Archives at UC Berkeley / Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

Sine Hwang Jensen will share her experience curating one of the world’s largest Chinese American archives at the Ethnic Studies Library. She will highlight the intellectual legacy of Him Mark Lai and his research collections as well as other scholarly collections that document more than a century of life in the Chinese American community in California. She will also discuss the community-based perspective and collaboration that guide the collection development priorities and mission of the archives.

Chinese American Collections in California / Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Theresa Salazar will discuss The Bancroft Library’s historic collections and recent acquisitions related to the experiences of the Chinese in California. The collections include a wide array of formats: manuscripts, photographs, paintings, ephemera, as well as books and periodicals. She will talk briefly about the Chinese in California, 1850-1925 digital archive, which includes a wealth of documents from The Bancroft Library, the Ethnic Studies Library, and the California Historical Society.

Collecting Chinese Overseas Materials in East Asia / Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley

Jianye He will offer an overview of the Chinese overseas collection highlights and her collection of primary sources published in China. She will discuss her collaborative partnership with other UC Berkeley librarians to collect Chinese overseas materials published beyond China. She will advocate how best to promote Chinese overseas collections to better serve scholarly communities.

Promoting Southeast Asia Chinese Overseas Studies: Challenges & Opportunities / Virginia Shih, Librarian for Southeast Asian Collections, South/Southeast Asia Library, UC Berkeley

Virginia Shih will share her experience in promoting Southeast Asia Chinese overseas studies at Berkeley through collection building, exhibitions, site visits, publications, and international conference presentations. She will also elaborate on emerging opportunities and global trends for preserving the cultural heritage of Chinese overseas studies.

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Break

Chinese Overseas Collections Tours / coordinated by Virginia Shih

1:00 - 1:25 pm | Indochina Family Archive at the South/Southeast Asia Library

1:30 - 2:00 pm | Chinese in California Archive at The Bancroft Library

2:15 - 3:00 pm | Him Mark Lai Archives and Chinese American Collections at the Ethnic Studies Library

3:15 - 4:00 pm | Chinese Overseas & Southeast Asia Chinese Collections at the C. V. Starr East Asian Library

  • Welcome remarks by Dr. Peter Zhou, Director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library

  • Orientation tour by Jianye He

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