First Chinese American book signing and author presentation
The First Chinese American
The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo
Scott D. Seligman
Thursday, April 3 @6:30pm
Kwong Kow Chinese School Auditorium
87 Tyler Street, Boston Chinatown
“Wong Chin Foo was the earliest, most visible Chinese public advocate speaking and writing in English for the rights of Chinese in the U.S. Scott Seligman has rescued his life story in a thoroughly enjoyable narrative that adds significantly to our knowledge of the late 19th and early 20th century history of the Chinese in North America.” — John Kuo Wei Tchen, New York University
Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898) was a leader and a fighter, advocating for the rights of Chinese in American in the 19th Century. Chinese in American endured abuse and discrimination, but Wong Chin Foo’s story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to coin the term “Chinese America,” Wong fought for his compatriots and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights, he founded America’s first association of Chinese voters and testified before Congress against anti-Chinese laws.
Author Scott D. Seligman will be on hand to provide an account of the life and times of one of America’s earliest proponents of racial equality.
Books will be available for signing following the presentation, and proceeds will benefit CHSNE.
RSVP & reserve books – firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.338.4439
This event is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) , Wong Family Benevolent Association and Asian Studies & Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University.