The Institute for Asian Studies 2012-2013 "First Saturday East Asian Program Series" kicks off
Saturday, September 8th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM,
with a workshop of 3 special presentations
on the history of Chinese-Americans in aviation, 1918-1945.
LOCATION: PSU campus, Room 327, Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway)
REGISTRATION: Free, and open to the public; but registration w/the NW China Council is requested for headcount and name badge.
This event highlights the Chinese American experience of WWII both locally and nationally with presentations by invited speakers.
10:00 Check-in, Welcome & Introductions --
10:30 Christina Lim, author of In the shadow of the Tiger, the 407th Air Service Squadron, Fourteenth Service Group, fourteenth Air Force, World War II and 14th Air Force reunion organizer, will facilitate a VIDEO PRESENTATION that explores the context of Chinese American experience, including the Exclusion Act of 1882, how there was a generation of men and women who could be drafted into the service, the impact of the second Sino-Japanese war, and war bonds drives.
11:45-12:45 PANEL PRESENSTATION by Portland Chinese-Americans elders "Old Timers" Group, who will provide a local perspective by speaking about what life was like in Chinatown during that time, and the people that went to war
1:45 Welcome by Dr. K. Scott Wong, James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs at Williams College, Williamstown MA, and author of Americans First: Chinese Americans in the Second World War (Temple, 2005), will speak briefly to introduce the event.
1:45-3:00 MODERATED PANEL of veterans from the all-Chinese American Flying Tiger unit, who discuss their wartime experiences, then take questions from the floor.
3:00-4:00 A Public reception will allow the audience to meet and greet the speakers.
In the evening, Dr. K. Scott Wong will give a keynote speech on the role of WWII in the transformation of Chinese America at the Northwest China Council's annual dinner at Wong's King Restaurant.
A companion PHOTO EXHIBIT "Flying Tigers: Chinese America Aviators in Oregon, 1918-1945" will be on view, August 30 - October 28, 2012, at the Multnomah County, Central Library, in downtown Portland.
For more information, visit www.nwchina.org
This special First Saturday event is co-sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies, PSU Dept. of History, and the NW China Council.
This project has received generous support from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, the PSU Institute of Asian Studies, PSU Department of History, First Saturday program, Bank of the West, and many private donors.