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海外華人 Chinese Overseas: Celebrating the Legacy of Scholarship & Collection Treasures at Berkeley

Co-chaired by Virginia Shih & Sine Hwang Jensen

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | University of California, Berkeley


At Morrison Library

8:10 – 8:50 am  |  Registration

8:50 – 9:00 am  |  Welcoming Remarks

Welcome, Professor Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, University Librarian

Opening remarks, Professor Shari Huhndorf, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies

9:00 – 9:45 am  |  Keynote Address

Chinese American Studies: Past, Present, and Future at UC Berkeley and Beyond / Ling-chi Wang, Professor Emeritus, Department of Ethnic Studies

At 180 Doe Library 

10:00 – 12:00 pm  |  Chinese Overseas Scholarship & Curatorship / Chaired by Virginia Shih

Sino-Burmese Diaspora Encounters / Penny Edwards, Associate Professor, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Chinese American History, Teaching, and Activism / Harvey Dong, Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies

Dr. Harvey Dong will discuss the activism behind the creation of Asian American Studies and how the rediscovery of early Chinese American history has impacted generations of students. He will draw upon his experience as part of the Third World Liberation Front involved in the student strike of 1969 as well as his long tenure as a lecturer in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley.

Preserving the Grassroots: Chinese American Studies and Archives at UC Berkeley / Sine Hwang Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

Sine Hwang Jensen will share her experience in curating one of the world’s largest Chinese American archives at the Ethnic Studies Library. She will highlight the intellectual legacy of Him Mark Lai and his research collections as well as other scholarly collections that document more than a century of life in the Chinese American community in California. She will also discuss the community-based perspective and collaborations that guide the collection development priorities and mission of the archives.

Chinese American Collections in California / Theresa Salazar, Curator, Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, The Bancroft Library

Theresa Salazar will discuss The Bancroft Library’s historic collections and recent acquisitions related to the experiences of The Chinese in California. The collections include a wide array of formats: manuscripts, photographs, paintings, ephemera, as well as books and periodicals. She will briefly talk about the “Chinese in California, 1850-1925” digital archive, which includes a wealth of documents from The Bancroft Library, the Ethnic Studies Library, and the California Historical Society.

Collecting Chinese Overseas Materials in East Asia / Jianye He, Librarian for Chinese Collections, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Jianye He will offer an overview of the Chinese overseas collection highlights and her collection of primary sources published in China. She will discuss her collaborative partnership with UC Berkeley librarians to collect Chinese overseas materials published beyond China. She will advocate on how to best promote Chinese overseas hidden treasures to better serve scholarly communities.

Promoting Southeast Asia Chinese Overseas Studies: Challenges & Opportunities / Virginia Shih, Librarian for Southeast Asian Collections, South/Southeast Asia Library

Virginia Shih will share her experience in promoting Southeast Asia Chinese overseas studies at Berkeley through collection building, exhibitions, site visits, publications, and international conference presentations. She will also elaborate on emerging opportunities emerging and global trends for preserving the cultural heritage of Chinese overseas studies.

12:00 – 1:00 pm  |  Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 pm  |  Chinese Overseas Collections Tours / coordinated by Sine Hwang Jensen

Exact itinerary to be determined.

The tour of The Bancroft Library will highlight material from the 19th through the 20th century documenting the experiences of the Chinese in California and the American West including photographs, manuscripts, paintings, and prints.

The tour of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library will include a welcome orientation to the library building and highlights of Chinese overseas primary and secondary sources.

The tour of the Ethnic Studies Library will highlight unique material related to Chinese American and Chinese Overseas communities including the Him Mark Lai archival collections and our featured exhibit: Herstory: 165 Years of Chinese American Women in Struggle curated by Dr. Chang Chen (邱彰博士). 

The tour of the South/Southeast Asia Library will highlight the Indochina Family Archive, the Legacy of Tjong Yong Hian 張榕軒 (1850-1911) Archive, selected works of Southeast Asia Chinese overseas collection, and a distinctive rare book exhibit on Chinese Classical Fiction in Romanized Malay: Preserving Baba Malay Literary Heritage in Singapore and Malaya.

At Ethnic Studies Library (30 Stephens Hall) 

6:00 – 7:30 pm  |  Herstory: Chinese American Women, 165 Years of Struggle and Success

Join the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library for an exciting look at Chinese American women’s “herstory,” told through legal cases fought in the supreme courts throughout the United States. Drawn from the personal collection of Dr. Chang C. Chen (邱彰博士), Herstory features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese American women to gain legal standing in the U.S. Dr. Chang C. Chen will discuss the curation of the exhibit and we will be joined by Florence Fang, who is featured in the exhibit. Books will be available for purchase from Eastwind Books of Berkeley.