In remembrance of Loni Ding, my mentor

Loni Ding Tribute Video
by Walt Louie

Loni Ding’s Ancestors in the Americas series to be screened in Berkeley

The first two films in Loni Ding’s Asian American history series will be showing in Berkeley on June 9 and July 14 at. the Unitarian Fellowship, 1924 Cedar Street. Dr. Harvey Dong, a member of the Asian American Studies faculty at UC-Berkeley, will lead the discussion after both screenings.

Part One – Coolies, Sailors, Settlers: Voyage to the New World – Thursday June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
“The story of how Asians – Filipinos, Chinese, Asian Indians – first arrived in the Americas. Crossing centuries and oceans, from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade … to the Opium Wars … to 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean.”

Part Two – Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story – Thursday July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
“The arrival of Chinese in Gold Rush California of the 1850s … their ventures into the Frontier West from Oregon and Washington to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota … Laboring, reclaiming land, and community building, while pursuing cases before the U.S. courts for justice and equality, they set legal precedents and left a legacy of civil rights for all Americans.”

Both screenings are at the Berkeley Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita), Berkeley [between Shattuck and Martin Luther King Jr Way]. Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Wheelchair accessible.

“…A breathtakingly beautiful narrative on Asian arrivals in the Americas from an informed world historical perspective.”
– Prof. Dilip Basu, History, UC-Santa Cruz

“…Splendidly conceived, emotionally compelling…offering a new history of Asian America, indeed of America…A must see.”
– Prof. Gary Okihiro, History, Columbia University

“…The global approach is a major achievement – a qualitative leap forward!”
– Prof. Robert Allen, Senior Editor, Black Scholar

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