CHSNE News & This Week in History

CHSNE News & This Week in History


  • Chinese American Experiences: Mass. Memories Road Show | Information Session: 4/3
  • Providence’s Chinatown | CHSNE Field Trip: 5/12
  • Chinatown Mural Tour | 4/28 and 5/1
  • This Week in History

Preserve Your Community Stories at the 
Chinese American Experiences: 
Mass. Memories Road Show

Free and open to the public
Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00-3:00
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St, Boston

For volunteers & community leaders
Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:30
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St, Boston
On June 2nd, CHSNE is hosting Chinese American Experiences Mass. Memories Road Show (MMRS)—an event-based public history project that digitizes family photos and memories shared by the people of Massachusetts. Learn more about this event at ourInformation Session on Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:30 at the Pao Arts Center.
Do you want to help members of local Chinese American community preserve their memories? Volunteer at CHSNE’s event to greet visitors, scan photographs, translate, and conduct interviews. 
A special thanks to the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC), Quincy Asian Resources, Inc (QARI), and the Pao Arts Center—BCNC for their support in organizing this event. The Mass. Memories Road Show is co-sponsored by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund. The Chinese Immigration program is made possible through support from generous community donors.

Providence’s Chinatown

Exhibit and Walking Tour | April 1 – May 31
CHSNE Field Trip | May 12th

Rhode Island State Archives | 337 Westminster St, Providence

Between the 1880s and the late 1960s, Providence was home to a bustling Chinese American community in the downtown area. Providence’s Chinatown is a project to rediscover these locations and to connect this history to Rhode Island’s modern Chinese diaspora. This exhibition is the first piece of an effort to share the history of Rhode Island’s Chinese community and create a permanent archive collection.

CHSNE will be leading a field trip to Providence for a guided-walking tour of the exhibition, lunch with the curators, and a film screening/panel on Saturday, May 12th. Ticket information to come
Providence’s Chinatown is curated by graduate students at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities in partnership with CHSNE, with additional support from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, Taiwan Nexus Grant, and Rhode Island State Archives.

Chinatown Mural Tour

Saturday, April 28th, 10:30AM
Tuesday, May 1st, 5:30PM
Ever pondered the who, what, how of Chinatown’s many public murals? Wonder no more! Join CHSNE for a 60-min walking tour of public murals in Chinatown, revealing the stories and history behind them. Don’t miss this exclusive offering! Limited tickets are available, reserve in advance.
CHSNE members save $3 on tickets with the code CHSNE2018
This Week in History
Landing of the Burlingame Party in San Fransisco | March 31, 1868
CHSNE honors the 150th anniversary of the Burlingame Treaty
and work of Anson Burlingame

150 years ago today, on March 31st, 1868, Anson Burlingame returned to the United States from China. At a time when anti-Chinese sentiment was widespread in the western states, Burlingame stressed equal treatment of the Chinese in the treaty that bears his name. The Burlingham Treaty, signed in 1868, granted China “most favored nation” status in trade and spelled out the right for “free migration and emigration” of each country’s citizens for “purposes of curiosity or trade or as permanent residents.”

Burlingame graduated from Harvard Law, served on the Massachusetts State Senate and the US House of Representatives, and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.  In honor of this anniversary, CHSNE is sharing the 2011 Chronicle article, “Who is Anson Burlingame?,” by Stephanie Fan.

United States v. Wong Kim Ark | March 28, 1898
In 1898, 120 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Wong Kim Ark, confirming that a American-born Chinese man could be an American citizen despite the national Chinese Exclusion Act. Wong Kim Ark’s citizenship was upheld under the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, despite the opposition referring to situation as “an accident of birth.” Watch a special presentation of American Experience|PBS on THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, Tuesday, May 29th. Request a Community Conversation Kit HERE.

More Local Events

Chinese American Genealogy Conference 2018
Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8
Museum of Chinese in America, NYC

Lisa See: Book Talk and Signing
Saturday, April 14, 7:30-9:30pm
Sharon Middle School, 75 Mountain St, Sharon

Finding Kukan: Documentary Screening
Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30PM
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St, Boston