This symposium celebrates the intellectual contributions of UC Berkeley’s research on Chinese communities overseas, including its archival collections from around the world. UC Berkeley created one of the first Chinese American studies program in North America and holds one of the world’s largest Chinese American archives.

This event will focus on the stories of diverse Chinese Americans, from gold miners to railroad builders, from agriculture and factory workers to entrepreneurs and politicians, from student activists to world-class scientists and engineers. The keynote address, presentations, and tours of various UC Berkeley libraries will highlight the past, present, and future of Chinese overseas scholarship and curatorship. This Chinese Overseas event is free and open to the public. The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations or have questions about this event, please contact Virginia Shih, vshih@library.berkeley.edu.

Co-sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program of the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the UC Berkeley Library.

The Berkeley Chinese Overseas Symposium is a pre-conference event for “This Land Is Our Land”: Chinese Pluralities Through the Americas,’ an international conference of the Chinese Historical Society of America from October 6-8, 2017 in San Francisco. For more information and to register, please visit http://chsa.org/conference2017/.