A presentation by Thomas and May Chin
Co-presented by Historic Newton and CHSNE
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
286 Waverley Ave, Newton
In the first half of the 1900s, Newton had many Chinese laundries located in the mercantile centers of our villages. This presentation will give an overview of the historical waves of Chinese immigration to the U.S. and the social and economic forces that fostered the prevalence of Chinese laundries and restaurants. Presenters Thomas and May Chin, who were interviewed for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Chinese Laundries in Massachusetts Oral History Project, have been Newton residents for decades and their children attended Newton Public Schools. Their parents emigrated from southern China in the early 1900s and operated hand laundries in the Boston area. Tom and May grew up and worked in these laundries.