Yun Gee Papers

Date Range: 19281979
Survey Conducted:
 Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Gee, Yun, 1906-1963

 Canton-born modernist painter Yun Gee (1906-1963) immigrated to San Francisco in 1921 at the age of fifteen to join his merchant father, Gee Quong On. In 1906, Gee’s father was among the thousands of Chinese immigrants to claim US citizenship following the San Francisco earthquake that destroyed City Hall and the Hall of Records housing citizenship papers, thus enabling him to later sponsor his son to America. Read more

Families with Children from China – New York Records

Date Range: 19942009
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-09
Creator: Families with Children from China – New York

 In 1992, China passed an act allowing foreign adoption, and became a viable option for Americans interested in adopting internationally. Founded in 1993 by a group of adoptive families, Families with Children from China – New York (FCC NY) fosters community among families with children who were adopted from China, provides resources to families at all stages of the adoption process, and celebrates the lives and experiences of adoptees. China’s emergence as a world power and its new adoption policy, which went into effect on May 1, 2007, however, has lead to a significant decrease in international adoption from China, and FCC NY has seen its membership numbers stagnant as fewer American families adopt children from China. Read more

EPOXY Art Group Records

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Survey Conducted: Thu, 2011-07-21
Creator: EPOXY/Ming Fay

 Epoxy was an Asian American artists’ collective founded in 1982. Like other alternative art movements in New York City, it was a response to the arts establishment at the time. Founded by artists originally from Hong Kong such as Bing Lee, Eric Chan, Chung Kang Lok, Jerry Kwan, Ming Fay and Kwok, membership later included artists like Zhang Hongtu and Andrew Culver who were from other countries. Read more

David Diao Papers

David Diao picDate Range: 19602011
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2011-08-04
Creator: Diao, David, 1943-

History: David Diao was born in 1943 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Recognizing a growing threat in the changing political climate, his parents sent him from Chengdu on the eve of its Liberation in Oct. 1949 to Hong Kong to live with his grandparents. In 1955, he arrived in New York City at the age of 12 to join his father, a civil engineer just finishing up on the design of the Tappan Zee Bridge for which he was responsible for the main cantilever span.

Cecily Brownstone Papers

Date Range: 19402002
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2009-10-06
Creator: Cecily Brownstone

 Cecily Brownstone was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada, in 1909, and grew up in Winnipeg, the fourth of five sisters. She attended the University of Manitoba and came to New York City to pursue her studies and to work. She lived in Greenwich Village, appropriately enough in a brownstone house, in a duplex apartment that included a spectacular test kitchen, and that housed her large cookbook collection.

Cecily Brownstone was The Associated Press Food Editor from 1947 to 1986 — for thirty-nine years. During that time she was the most widely published of syndicated food writers. The five recipe columns and two food features she wrote for the A.P. each week appeared in papers all over the United States, in addition to a number of other countries.

Earlier in her career as a journalist, Brownstone was the Food Editor of Parent’s Magazine, and the Child Care Editor of Family Circle magazine. She also wrote a book for children, All Kinds of Mothers, illustrated by her niece, the artist Miriam Brofsky Kley.

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8th Avenue – Sunset Park Oral History

Date Range: 19931994
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-09
Creator: Brooklyn Historical Society

 Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s 400-year history. The society possesses the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in existence. The Chinatown History Museum, founded in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project, is dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in America.Between 1993 and 1994, the Brooklyn Historical Society and Chinatown History Museum (now Museum of Chinese in America) conducted a series of 28 interviews to document the experiences of the Chinese and Chinese American community living in Sunset Park. Known as Brooklyn’s Chinatown for the Chinese businesses and community organizations that line 8th Avenue, the neighborhood has attracted significant numbers of immigrants from East Asia since the 1980s.

Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College Records

Date Range: 19492010
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2010-07-19
Creator: Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College

History: The Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College, City University of New York, is committed to producing and supporting community-based research on the diverse populations that make up the Asian diaspora in the Americas. Founded in 1987, the A/AC organizes research projects, conferences, and seminars, in addition to publishing a series of working papers by academics and community leaders, all of which examine the history and other aspects of Asian American experiences. The A/AC also works to support Asian American Studies. In 2010, for the first time at Queens College, the A/AC began offering courses in the field, allowing students to minor in Asian American Studies. The A/AC is also building a new resource lounge, which will house multimedia materials on Asian Americans.

Asian Women in Business Records

Date Range: 19952010
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2009-02-23
Creator: Asian Women in Business

 The non-profit organization, Asian Women in Business (AWIB), was founded in 1995 to provide resources and support for Asian women entrepreneurs. AWIB hosts workshops, seminars, conferences, and networking events to support the development of Asian women in business and since its founding has served over 27,000 women and people of color through its programming.Driven by a desire to increase the number of women and minority owned businesses, AWIB sponsors an annual Procurement Conference, at which minority women business entrepreneurs have the opportunity to establish relationships with corporate and government buyers, as well as an annual Asian Women’s Corporate Leadership Conference and Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. To encourage young Asian women to attend college and assume leadership positions, AWIB awards an annual academic scholarship. Read more