Remembering the Chinese American Pioneers/

An Organizational Meeting to Preserve Chinese American History

Bokkai Festival March 17-18, 2018 Marysville

A new committee has been formed to preserve the history of the Chinese American pioneers. The committee members first met in 1968 during the founding of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA). Among the goals of AAPA were the creation of Asian American Studies programs to teach our history and organizing our communities. Now, after half a century, we feel it is time to take a look at whether we met the goals we set for ourselves and what steps we need to take in the future for new goals in the next half a century. We have organized, in partnership with the Chinese American Museum of Northern California, a conference with Chinese American historians and civil rights leaders to discuss the preservation of our history. The conference will be held during the annual Bokkai Festival in Marysville, CA. Day one will focus on what has been accomplished in Chinese American history and community organizing. Day two is an organizational meeting for a Chinese American community network.

Day One Schedule

When: March 17, 2018, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Where: Yuba County Library, 303 2nd Street, Marysville California

Tickets: $10. Buy Tickets Here

1:30 pm: Introduction and Overview of Conference—Brian Tom

1:40 pm: The speakers are:

  • Roger Dong, Founder, website
  • David Lei, featured in the PBS Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary and Chinese American Community Foundation Board
  • Brian Tom Founder, Asian American Studies, UC Davis.

3:00 pm:  Break—tea and cookies

3:30 pm:  Moving forward for Justice Panel:

  • Dr. Floyd Huen, founder Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Connie Young Yu, Chinese Historical Society emeritus board member
  • Jean Quan, former mayor of Oakland and editor of the Asian Women’s Journal on Asian Americans in politics, immigration policy and civil rights today.

4:30 pm: Panel: Summarize and comment on talks.

  • Harvey Dong, UC Berkeley Asian American Studies
  • Floyd Huen
  • Brian Tom

5:00 pm: End


When: March 17, 2018 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: Szechwan Restaurant, 223 1st Street, Marysville, CA

Tickets: $15 Buy Tickets Here

6 pm  Welcome and Pioneer Award: Jean Quan, Former Mayor Oakland

8 pm Founder’s Tour of The Chinese American Museum of Northern California

Day Two Schedule

Organizational Meeting

When: March 18, 2018 10:30 am to 3 pm.

Where: Yuba County Library, 303 2nd Street Marysville, CA

Ticket  $8. (includes box lunch) Buy Tickets Here

Learning about the Chinese American experience adds to all Americans understanding of our democracy as the nation debates its immigration policy. We are inspired by the new PBS documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act for its insights into immigration laws and how the Chinese community fought for democratic rights.

10:30am-11:30 pm:  Discussion of how Chinese American museums, historical societies, community organizations, cultural groups, and Asian American Studies can coalesce to educate our communities and preserve our history.

11:30 to 1:30 pm:  Box lunch and open discussion. Organize an annual pilgrimage to the Bokkai Festival in Marysville to honor and commemorate Chinese American pioneers and historical events.

2:00 to 3:00 pm:  Finding resources for this work: Are there local, state, federal resources? Community organizations and foundations?

3:00 pm: Short sum-up and evaluation

4 pm: Firing of the Bombs at the intersection of 1st and C Streets in front of the museum.

Chinese American Pioneer Weekend Committee:

Brian Tom, Chinese American Museum of Northern California; Dr. Floyd Huen, founder of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley; Greg Mark, former chair Ethnic Studies, Sacramento State; Jean Quan, founder UCB Asian American Studies; Doug Wong, president of the Oakland Chinese American Citizens Alliance; Harvey Dong, professor UC Berkeley Asian American Studies, Owner, EastWind Books.

Participants:  Chinese Historical Society, San Francisco, Chinese American Museum of Northern California.

Contact: March 17 program                          Contact: March 18 Meeting                            

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