Publication Date

November 7, 2014


Public History

The AHA Local Arrangements Committee and the New-York Historical Society invite you to a fascinating roundtable session, followed by an exclusive exhibition tour.

"Hazel Ying Lee and Virginia Wong, ca. 1932–33." Courtesy of Frances M. Tong, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection. New York Historical Society.

Hazel Ying Lee and Virginia Wong, ca. 1932–33. Courtesy of Frances M. Tong, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection. New York Historical Society.

The Roundtable

Hosted by the prestigious New-York Historical Society, in conjunction with its exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, the Roundtable on Immigration and Global Migration in Public History and the Academy will consider scholarship on global migration patterns, notions of exclusion and inclusion, and the nuanced roles of race and class in immigration narratives. Panelists will discuss the differences in which the topic is framed and presented in public history versus academic scholarship.

The Panel

Chair: Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen, New York University and co-founder, Museum of Chinese in America


  • Hasia R. Diner, New York University
  • Sarah Henry, Museum of the City of New York
  • Mae M. Ngai, Columbia University
  • Annie Polland, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tour

Following the roundtable, join us for a viewing of Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. The exhibition explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative extends from the late 18th century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.

We are fortunate to have the exhibition’s curator, Marci Reaven of the New-York Historical Society, and panel chair, John Kuo Wei Tchen, leading the tour.

Time: Saturday, January 3. The roundtable is from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., immediately followed by the tour, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street). On the subway, take the B train uptown to 81st Street (Museum of Natural History). The society is about five minutes’ walk from the subway stop.

You are welcome to take the tour without attending the panel. Please meet the group in the society’s lobby at noon.

Advance registration is not required.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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