Academic, Chinese American, Event

The Chinese Communities of Panama

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program for an evening lecture and discussion exploring the legacy of Chinese immigration to the Americas.

Customer at a M-S Store in La Chorerra, Panama
Customer at a M-S Store in La Chorerra, Panama. Photo courtesy of Professor Pok Chi Lau of the University of Kansas.

Time:
Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
 
Location:
Meyer Auditorium
Freer Gallery of Art
1100 Independence Ave., SW
 
Metro:
Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or
L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow and Green lines)

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program for an evening lecture and discussion exploring the legacy of Chinese immigration to the Americas.

Lok Siu, anthropology professor at New York University, will present a historical and cultural overview of Chinese migration to Panama that addresses themes like labor, racial exclusion, gender, and new cycles of migration to other parts of the Americas.

Professor Evelyn Hu-DeHart, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University, will provide comments after the presentation.

A book signing will follow the program. Admission is free, but please arrive early to ensure a good seat! Auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before the event.

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3 thoughts on “The Chinese Communities of Panama

  1. Jorge says:

    I cannot imagine any of you discussing about Chinese immigration to Panama, when you are not Chinese nor living in Panama…. it’s simply hard to see…

    • siapap says:

      Sorry you feel this way, Jorge, but many of us disagree. Some of the more interesting commentaries on people come from observers looking in from the outside. In this case, Lok Siu is from a Chinese family in Panama so that covers both your concerns. Our commentator, Evelyn HuDehart, is also Chinese American and has spent a long career studying the Chinese in Latin America. Both have distinguished academic and community reputations. Consider joining us at the program which was put together by my colleagues at the Smithsonian Latino Center.

      Franklin Odo, Director of Smithsonian APA Program.

  2. Dear Colleagues,

    As editor of the online annotated “Chinese Cultures Abroad WWW Virtual Library,” please let me encourage you to submit URLs of websites by and about Chinese diaspora in Panama — or anywhere else in the world.

    http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/chculture.html is the top-level URL to this resource. If an entry has not yet been created for a Chinese diaspora website with which you are familiar, kindly send me information about it.

    And if you wish to become more deeply involved in this project, consider joining our advisory board.

    Vincent K. Pollard, Ph.D.
    E-MAIL: pollard@hawaii.edu
    Lecturer & Cooperating Graduate Faculty
    Asian Studies Program
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa

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