By Elaine Dunn | July 2022
Reprinted with permission from Michael Rainville Jr. and Mill City Times | Nov. 22, 2021 (original pub date)
Immigrants from China first arrived in North America before the United States became a nation, working as sailors and merchants on Spanish galleons, sailing between Mexico and the Philippines. The United States acquired much of Mexico’s northern territory in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican – American War. By this time, many small communities of Chinese immigrants in California were already established, and that number only grew during the next few decades as many came to America to test their luck during the California gold rush and to help complete the first transcontinental railroad.
(Honeymoon portrait of the couple taken in 1893.)
By Elaine Dunn | September 2021
Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe, right, presents city resolution that apologizes t early Chinese immigrants and their descendents ot Andy Li, president of the Contra Costa Community College District..
The Chinese Exclusion Act and the fact that most early Chinese immigrants entered California through San Francisco after interrogation on Angel Island are well-known facts. However, not so well known is the treatment they endured after settling in California in the 1850s.
By Elaine Dunn
Beijing is all set for a patriotic celebratory extravaganza on the centenary anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1. First and foremost will be a Partywide campaign on CCP history and education.
By Elaine Dunn, April 2021
It came as a pleasant surprise to Donald Wong when a relative notified him of the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American veterans. He submitted the application for his deceased father Tom Younom Wong online – a relatively painless process, he said.
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project enters its fifth year with great anticipation for the award ceremony of the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 3,000 veterans who have applied for, and confirmed for this honor.
It is unfortunate the pandemic had caused the project to be extended into 2021 - a full year longer than planned despite the efforts of vigilant volunteers and prudent stewards. No matter, the modified in-person presentation plan from capable Chinese American Citizens Alliance committee members and donor-supporter community will all be worth it when it does take place.
By Greg Hugh
It has been a long and uncertain journey, but Chinese American veterans who served their country in World War II were finally awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Dec. 9, 2020.
Efforts to enact the Congressional Gold Medal Act for these Chinese American veterans first began in December 2016. An exploratory committee led by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) set out to secure the support of members of Congress. The bill, first introduced to the Senate and the House of Representatives in May 2017, was ultimately passed on and signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 20, 2018.