A 5Th Generation New Yorker Reveals Tales Of Asian Resistance Since The 19Th Century


Author: Vinita Srivastava

(MENAFN- The Conversation) In this episode of don't call me resilient , author and CUNY professor Ava Chin, a 5th generation Chinese New Yorker, discusses her new book, mott street: a chinese american family's story of exclusion and homecoming .

The book artfully explores themes of exclusion as it relates to all Chinese Americans, plus personally for Chin with her father, a“crown prince” of Chinatown that she didn't meet until adulthood. Chin reveals personal family stories against the backdrop of the U.S. eugenics movement and draws a connecting line between the current rise in violence against asians in north america and anti-immigration laws more than 100 years old.

Chin also showcases the resilience, love lives and dreams of Chinese immigrants as well as their resistance to the attitudes and laws of the era.


Chin On ID papers, 1914. Courtesy of Lung , Author provided (no reuse)

In our conversation, Chin said:


The author's great-grandmother Chun with daughters and grandchild, 1940s. Author provided (no reuse) Listen and Follow

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Chinese railroad workers were often left off the official story. Here, they construct a section of the First Transcontinental Railroad on the Humboldt Plains of Nevada. Archival research by Gordon Chang. cc by Resources
Ava Chin's 'Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming.' Penguin

the chinese must go: violence, exclusion and the making of the alien in america by Beth Lew-Williams

the chinese and the iron road: building the transcontinental railroad by Gordon Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin

confronting the invisibility of anti-asian racism by Jennifer Lee

anti-chinese stigma in the greater toronto area during covid-19: aiming the spotlight towards community capacity - Social Sciences & Humanities Open

“multiple things can be true”: understanding the roots of anti-asian violence - The Nation

From the archives, in The Conversation

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