Video: Chinese American History, Asian American Experiences

Chinese immigrants and their descendants have helped shape the United States, but the stories of Chinese American communities are not broadly acknowledged as part of our collective history. How can we change that?

This recording from a recent livestream features Dr. Erika Lee (award-winning historian and advocate); Dr. Mae Ngai (legal and political historian, and author); and Helen Zia (author, journalist, and activist) in conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Alexander (President of the Mellon Foundation).

Originally streamed on May 19, 2022. To watch with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, click here. 

Program Notes

During the event, our speakers recommended the following titles (in alphabetical order):

  • Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang 
  • Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes by Albert Samaha 
  • The Evening Hero by Marie Myung-Ok Lee 
  • History on the Run by Ma Vang 
  • Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang 
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong 
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 
  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang 
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Yellow Rain by Mai Der Vang 

In addition, these titles and resources were shared in the chat by event attendees: