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Historian and maritime archaeologist Hans Van Tilburg will present the origins, history and context of the Ningpo("Peaceful Wave").

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Catalina Island has a nautical celebrity: the wreck of a traditional Chinese merchant ship from the 18th century, a vessel which survived the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the Chinese Revolution, and ended up as a speak-easy anchored off California’s southern coastline. This presentation will look at the origins, history and context of the Ninpo (“Peaceful Wave”), and what we might learn from the site in the future.

Hans Van Tilburg is a historian and maritime archaeologist for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Pacific Hawaii to Jamaica and elsewhere. Chinese maritime history and nautical technology are some of his specialty interests in the in the field of underwater cultural preservation in the Asia Pacific area.

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"To pursue, preserve and communicate the history of Chinese in America" 

Since the 1850s, Chinese Americans have contributed to the historical growth and development of Southern California's life and culture. 

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California was established to discover and recognize our pioneers and their history. We strive to increase awareness of Chinese American heritage through public programs, education and research. 

Join us in a variety of educational and enjoyable activities. Our monthly program meetings are free and open to all. 

Amidst friendly surroundings, meet people with similar interests and goals. We work with colleges, universities, other historical societies and local community groups. 

The support of individuals and businesses through tax-deductible donations, memberships and volunteering is crucial to our plans to develop a Chinese Cultural Heritage Center. 

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern
California (CHSSC) was organized November 1, 1975 and incorporated in the State of California in 1976.

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