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A History of Chinese American Achievement

This series tells the incredible story of Chinese American achievement, from the first wave of immigrants, who left war torn China for the safe haven of California's gold fields, and stayed to pioneer the west to the entrepreneurs of the 21st century's Information Age.
  • Title ID 55-HCA
  • History, American History, Social Studies, Asian Studies, Minority Achievement
  • 8 Programs
  • 8 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2009 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

The Chinese Find a New HomelandRunning time is 27 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this first program of Chinese American Achievementt.

Chapter List
600 - Li Yan Chu Writes the First Account of a North American Exploration
Li Yan Chu, an historian during China's Sui Dynasty, wrote about China, the Middle Kingdom, which came together as an empire during the Qin Dynasty, and China's first great explorer Hwui Shan, who came to America 1300 years before the first Chinatowns were founded on America's west coast by Cantonese speaking Chinese.
1823 - Chinese Entrepreneur Hung Tai Introduces Sugar Mills to Hawaii
Hung Tai, a Chinese entrepreneur, brought sugar mills, to Hawaii, also known as the Hawaiian Islands.
1850 - Yee Fung Cheung Pioneers California's Gold Rush
During the gold rush, Yee Feung Cheung, fleeing the Taiping Rebellion in China, came to the California goldfields. Which the Chinese called Gun Sam, but later practiced tradtional Chinese meicine and cured Governor Leland Stanford's wife.
1851 - Chinese Invention Revolutionizes Gold Mining
Chinese miners revolutionized goldmining when they inveted the rocker box, also known as the Chinese rocker box.

Exclusion and AcceptanceRunning time is 27 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this second program of Chinese American Achievementt.

Chapter List
1854 - Yung Wing Becomes the First Chinese American to Graduate From a U.S. College
Yung Wing founded the Chinese Educational Mission, which brought Chinese students to American colleges
1854 - Chinese Six Companies Represent All Chinese in the United States
Chinese Six Companies, also known as Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Associations, helped Chinese immigrants and Chinese businesses.
1862 - Chinese Americans Distinguish Themselves in the American Civil War
Chinese immigrants, like Joseph Pierce, fought as soldiers during America's Civil War.
1865 - Chinese American Laborers Build the Transcontinental Railroad
Chinese Laborers, working for the Central Pacific Railroad, owned by Leland Stanford, helped build the Transcontinental Railroad, which was finishe at Promontory Point, Utah.
1882 - Congress Passes the Chinese Exclusion Act
The Chinese Exclusion Act impacted Chinese American Civil Rights.
1884 - Joseph and Mary Tape Successfully Challenge San Francisco Public Schools
Joseph and Mary Tape, worked to obtain civil rights and equal rights for their children's schooling, but the Caalifornia Supreme Court rulked the children must attend a, separate but equal Chinese primary school.

Chinese Americans Spread Their WingsRunning time is 28 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this third program of Chinese American Achievementt.

Chapter List
1886 - San Francisco's Chinese American Laundry Men Sue for Equal Rights
Yick Wo, who owned a Chinese American laundry, sought equal rights and civil rights for Chinese American laundrymen in the Supreme Court Case Yick Wo v. Hopkins.
1887 - Doc Hay and Lung On Arrive on the Eastern Oregon Frontier
Doc Hay and Lung On were Chinese American pioneers in Oregon, who formed the the Kam Wah Chung store, where Hay practiced Chinese Medicine.
1888 - Lue Gim Gong, Father of the Florida Citrus Industry
Leu Gim Gong, known as the citrus wizard, was a pioneering Chinese geneticist who saved the Florida citrus industry.
1894 - Polly Bemis, an Angel in Idaho's Wilderness
The life and times of Polly Bemis, an Idaho pioneer, are preserved by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery in Idaho.
1906 - San Francisco Earthquake's Impact on the Chinese American Community
Chinese American's rebuilt San Francisco's Chinatown after it was destroye y the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

A New Chinese American Identity EmergesRunning time is 27 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this fourth program of Chinese American Achievementt.

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1911 - U.S. Citizen Sun Yat-Sen Becomes China's First President
Sun Yat-Sen, the first President of the Republic of China, and was the a mentor to Mao Tse Tung.
1921 - Anna May Wong, First Chinese American Female Hollywood Star
Anna May Wong was a Chinese American actor who paved the way for other Chinese American actors such as Lucy Liu, Meg Tilly, Rosalind Chao, and The Flower Drum Song's star Nancy Kwan.
1926 - You Chung Hong Leads the Fight for Chinese American Civil Rights
You Chung Hong, was a Chinese American lawyer who fought for civil rights, such as in Yick Wo. V. Hopkins, and to end the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
1935 - Eddy See Initiates Chinese American Artistic Movement
Eddy See starte the Chinese American Artistic Movement at his Dragon's Den restaurant, by showcasing artists like Gilbert Leong and Tyrus Wong, who created the Draon mural.

Chinese Americans Enter Mainstream CultureRunning time is 27 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this fifth program of Chinese American Achievementt.

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1935 - Katherine Cheung, the Chinese American "Amelia Earhart"
Katheine Cheung, known as the Chinese Amelia Earhart, was one of the first women pilots, who opened the door for others, such as Hazel Ying Lee, who flew for the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII.
1938 - Charlie Low's Forbidden City Nightclub Showcases Chinese American Performers
Charlie Low's Forbidden City Nightclub was showcased in C.Y. Lee's Flower Drum Song
1939 - Wah Ming Chang Joins the Disney Studios
Special effects master Wah Ming Chang, cinematographer James Wong Howe, and director Ang Lee are Chinese Americans who have opened the door for other Chinese Americans in the movie industry.
1939 - Chinese Americans Answer the Call to Defend Democracy
During WWII, flying ace Arthur Chin, was the first Chinese American World War II, and he was followed by Francis Wai and Naval Captain Gordon Chung-Hoon, who fought at the Battle for Okinawa against Japanese Kamikazes.
1943 - Magnuson Act Repeals the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
The Magnuson Act, over turned Chinese Exclusion, in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882,and was later followed by the McCarran Walter Act and the Hart Celler Act.

The Chinese American Super AchieversRunning time is 29 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this sixth program of Chinese American Achievementt.

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1946 - Chinese Americans Breakthrough Into U.S. Politics
Wing F. Ong, March Fong Eu, and Hiram Leong Fong opened the door for Chinese American in politics.
1957 - Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee Win the Nobel Prize in Physics
Chen Ning Yang and Tsung Dao-Lee, were the irst Chinese American physicists to win the Nobel Prize, for their work the law of conservatuion of parity in in the world of subatomic partricles in quantum mechanics.
1961 - I.M. Pei Designs Avant Garde NCAR Building in Boulder, Colorado
I.M. Pei is the a Chinese America architect who has transformed American architecture in the 20th century.
1962 - F. Chow Chan Founds First Chinese American Bank
F. Chow Chan founded Cathay Bank, the first Chinese American owned bank in the U.S.
1971 - Bruce Lee Brings Martial Arts Into American Culture
Bruce Lee was a master of Martial arts and Kung Fu, whose movie Enter the Dragon, opened the door for martial art action hero actoirs such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li.

America Embraces Chinese CultureRunning time is 28 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this seventh program of Chinese American Achievementt.

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1974 - Miriam Lee Fights to Legalize Traditional Chinese Medicine in America
Miriam Lee, was a a Chinese American piuoneer in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, which helps balance the body's chi.
1975 -Kingston, Hwang, and Chang the New Wave of Chinese American Writers
Chinese American authors Maxine Hong Kingston, who wrote The Woman Warrior, and and Iris Chang who wrote The Rape of Nanking, and playwright David Hwang, who wrote M. Butterfly, write the Chinese American story and opened the door for other Chinese American authors such as Amy Tan.
1982 - Maya Ying Lin Designs the Vietnam War Memorial
Maya Ying Lin designe the Vietnam War Memorial.
1983 - Andrew and Peggy Cherng Found Panda Express
Andrew Cherng and Peggy Cherng own Panda Express, which has turned traditional Chinese food into great tasting Chinese fast food, and they run the company on the same basic principles of cooperation and helping others as seen in the Chinese Six Companies

The Modern Chinese AmericanRunning time is 29 minutes

Chinese Americans, the history of Chinese Americans and Chinese American culture as well as Chinese American heroes are presented in this eighth program of Chinese American Achievementt.

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1989 - Amy Tan Writes The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, is an American novelist writing about her Chinese culture.
1989 - Chinese Americans Excel at Sports
Sports star Michael Chang, who won the French Open, led the way for other Chinese American athletes like Michelle Kwan, Norm Chow and Tiger Woods.
1991 - John Sie Founds Cable Powerhouse Starz Encore
John Sie, a protégé of Cable TV's John Malone, created Starz Encore, andf showed how Chinese Americans can run business.
1994 - Jerry Yang Co-founds Yahoo!
Jerry Yang, founder of Yahoo!, showed how to monetize the Internet, which later led to DotCom, businesses and to Steve Chen founding You Tube.
1996 - Time Magazine's Man of the Year is AIDS Researcher David Ho
AIDS researcher David Ho, has made significant advances on HIV/AIDS, with his HAART regimen to slow down the progress of HIV.
2004 - Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao Votes From Space in the Presidential Election
Leroy Chiao is an astronaut for NASA.
2009 - Yo-Yo Ma Performs at Barack Obama's Inauguration
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has won 15 grammays and currently plays the cello with his Silk Road Ensemble.

Supplemental Files

Blackline Master Quizzes for A History of Chinese American Achievement in the United States
Chinese American Timeline
Chinese Exclusion Act May 6
Gallery of Images for Chinese American Achievement
MARC Records for HCA
MARC records for the series A History of Chinese American Achievement
Teachers Guide for A History of Chinese American Achievement.pdf
The Geary Act of 1892
The Magnuson Act 1943 - The Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act