TAM Docents: Upcoming event at the Wing Luke Museum
Gwen Perkins from the history museum has forwarded on some info she though might be of interest which I have included below. If you end up going, please let me know. The history museum will be working with us again this fall in conjunction with the exhibition Edo to Tacoma: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection. One of the topics I am looking at exploring is Japanese immigration in Washington State so the lecture is actually salient.
Also, I ran into Anne Seago this past week and got an update for those of you that are interested in what is happening with current and former docents. As you may know, Anne rode her bike across the country last summer. Ever since, she tells me, she has had a hard time readjusting to schedules and making commitments. While she enjoyed being a docent, she is unable to take on a schedule again just yet and will continue with her freewheeling lifestyle for now. If you see her while you are out on a bike ride, be sure to say hello!
Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs
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I saw this and thought this might be of interest to some of your docents as well, with the upcoming exhibit. It looks a little more Chinese Exclusion-focused but I suspect issues of Japanese immigration would also be mentioned in this. The two topics are more connected than one realizes.
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Immigration at the Golden Gate
A presentation by author Robert Eric Barde
Thursday, May 6 / 6:15pm
Wing Luke Asian Museum, Tateuchi Story Theater
Co-sponsored by Seattle University, Institute of Public Service
Join Robert Barde, author of Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger
Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island (Praeger/Greenwood, 2008) for a
presentation on immigration through San Francisco and Angel Island
during the Chinese Exclusion era. Barde uses the experience of Quok
Shee, whose imprisonment at Angel Island was the longest on record, as a
starting point for exploring the process of inspection, exclusion, and
detention of would-be immigrants. He discovered new information that
allows us to assess how true Quok Shees experience really was. And he
brings to life the story of the China Mail Steamship Company, an
important example of Asian entrepreneurship that brought thousands of
other immigrants across the Pacific. His lecture is illustrated with
over 80 slides.
Robert Eric Barde is Deputy Director of the Institute of Business and
Economic Research, University of California, Berkeley. He has written on
immigration and public health for the Journal of the History of
Medicine, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of American
Ethnic History; on Asian immigration for Social Science History and for
Prologue, the quarterly publication of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Barde co-authored the International Migration chapter in
the new Historical Statistics of the United States, From Earliest Times
to the Present, Millennial Edition, and his chapter on Americas
Immigration Ports of Entry is to appear in The Encyclopedia of U.S.
The event will take place on May 6th at 6:15 PM (there is also a poetry
reading at 5:45 by Koon Woon, a local poet). The Wing Luke Museum is
located at 719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Contact them at (206) 623-5124 or www.wingluke.org for more
National Archives and Records Administration
Pacific Alaska Region
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115-7999
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