The Resilient Women project was proposed in 2021 in collaboration with the SDSU Chinese Cultural Center and Project Director, Anne Hoiberg, and received funding from California Humanities. Project activities have explored the following questions:
A booklet, which highlights the stories of different women who played an important role in different aspects of the development of San Diego's Chinatown and its preservation is available at the SDCHM for purchase.
Author Russell Low (Three Coins: A Young Girl's Story of Kidnapping, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America) produced a short (20-minute) video, exploring the story of his great-grandmother, Ah Ying, as part of the project. It is available to view at the Mission building or through private screenings upon request.
This video file was produced from an interview with Cyndie Quin-Soo, the great-granddaughter of Sue Leong and Ah Quin.
Lilly Birmingham explores the stories of women associated with the Cameron House in San Francisco, like Margaret Culberson, Dolly Cameron, and Tien Fuh Wu in this video-presentation.
A walking tour of sites in San Diego's historic Chinatown spatializes the stories of women featured in the Women of the Gaslamp Quarter and Chinatown booklet, giving participants the opportunity to celebrate their creation of a safe and productive community for their families, addressing unconscious bias, and preserving historic buildings.
Lilly Birmingham explores the stories of Dr. Faith Sai So Leong (1st female dentist), Bessie Jeong (one of the 1st Chinese American female physicians), and Alice Fong Yu (1st Asian American teacher in San Francisco) in this video-presentation.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
Please provide feedback about the Resilient Women of California's Chinatowns (Grant Number : HFAQ21-251) via the following
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