For my latest installment of Chinese-American history, I take a look at the Chinese soldiers who fought in the Civil War — on both sides.
My interest in Asian-American history is primarily focused on California — the state where I grew up and live, and one with a really fascinating history of Asian cultural involvement. But, of course, California isn’t the only state with a high concentration of people of Asian descent as well as recent immigrants, or the only […]
One of the most iconic Asian figures in US cinema was created by and for white viewers, and even played by a white man in his most famous appearances. Detective Charlie Chan, supposedly based on a real man, was at his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, when attitudes about the ‘yellow peril‘ were starting […]
In the 1800s, Chinese labourers began flocking to the Americas seeking work, many traveling on board dangerous ships and into even more dangerous situations. They made minimal pay, had few to no legal protections, and were a driving labour force in South America long before they started looking to California with the Gold Rush of […]