Asian-American identity

Asian-American identity

Museums grappling with how best to tell the story of Chinese Americans
A gravestone. Massive rocks. A mouldy qipao that has been sitting in an attic for 80 years. Among the challenges for America’s hundred or so private museums devoted to showcasing Chinese culture is how to turn down beloved donations from the public. This is just one of the hurdles Chinese-American museums face as they increase in number and prominence in line with the community. Even as the soon-to-officially-open Chinese American Museum in Washington scrambles for artefacts to fill out its collection, established museums routinely turn away old postcards, souvenirs from some recent holiday in China or dusty statues of obscure deities – without hurting prospective donors’ feelings. “Someone’
‘The Rape of Nanking’ author celebrated with California park
Tucked into a corner of northern San Jose, California, near where she lived with her family, lies a small park full of modern sculptures celebrating the life of Iris Chang, a groundbreaking Chinese-American historian and author known for The Rape of Nanking, a bestselling book that brought a brutal period in Chinese history to Western attention. Chang, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, published the book in 1997 to instant acclaim. She would publish one more book – this one about Chinese-American history – before taking her own life in 2004 after struggling with mental illness. Her death at age 36 shocked her family and fans around the world and gave rise to many now-discredited conspira
Fresh Off the Boat has changed history. I couldn’t be a prouder dad
Tonight, the ABC television show Fresh Off the Boat, the first US network TV series in two decades to focus on an Asian American family, hits a historic milestone: 100 episodes, enough to last an entire sleepless weekend if binge-watched back to back. It’s hard to remember now just how implausible it felt back in 2014, when the Huang family was first assembled – with my son, Hudson Yang, as its irrepressible eldest boy Eddie – that this show would even make it on the air. At the time the pilot was being shot, Hudson was barely nine years old, a four-foot-something little nugget with a halo of bushy hair, a surplus of attitude and zero acting experience. He’d come home from elementary school