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NEW EXHIBITION ON THE HISTORY OF CHINESE AMERICAN WOMEN OPENS TODAY
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NEW EXHIBITION ON THE HISTORY OF CHINESE AMERICAN WOMEN OPENS TODAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
1 August 2008 

CONTACT 
Sarah Smith | OCA Communications Manager 
202 223 5500 | ssmith@ocanational.org 

Nikki Emser | NWHM Program Director 
703 461 1920 | programdirector@nwhm.org 



NEW EXHIBITION ON THE HISTORY OF CHINESE AMERICAN WOMEN OPENS TODAY

Today, Aug. 1, 2008, at 11 a.m., the National Women’s History Museum will launch its CyberExhibit, Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance, which will discuss the history of Chinese American Women during their first 100 years in the United States. Speaking at the event will be  OCA National President Ginny Gong and Joan Wages, president of the National Women’s History Museum  (NWHM). The presentation will be shown during the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) National Convention at the Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., Washington, DC (Exhibit Hall). 

There will be a panel at 3 p.m. on Asian Pacific American Women’s history and contemporary issues. Speakers will be Sylvia Chong, an assistant professor and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Minor at the University of Virginia; Priscilla Huang, policy and programs director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; Lily Qi, Montgomery County, MD.’s executive liaison for Asian and Middle Eastern Americans; and Wages. The public may also view the exhibit during the convention at the NWHM booth. 

The CyberExhibit will show how many Chinese women arrived to the United States with bound feet, how many unrecognized Chinese American women toiled in laundries, shops, restaurants and fields, while still tending to their families, and how one woman, Yoke Leen, marched into her county courthouse in 1910 and  documented herself as a free woman so no man could lay claim to her. 

"While stepping forward does not mean breaking from traditions, it is time to step out of the shadows and be our own, proud, free voices of Asian American women,” Gong said of the exhibit’s message. 

Wages added, "The exhibit portrays how Chinese American women demonstrated great courage in breaking down barriers to live a better life.”

"This exhibit puts Chinese American women at the center of the history of migration, labor, and civil rights. From the moment of leaving China, to immigration legislation, to home life to working life, from violence to violation, from resistance to resilience, this is a history whose time has come,” said Dr. Jean Pfaelzer, the curator for the exhibit. 

This exhibit will have a permanent home at the NWHM, which will be available for online viewing. The theme of this year’s OCA National Convention is Voices for Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Leadership and Commitment.  

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is dedicated to honoring women’s many contributions to our nation. NWHM is online at http://www.nwhm.org. 

Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA is online athttp://www.ocanational.org. 

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