The Joys and Challenges of Chinese American Research

59 minutes

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The Chinese Exclusion Act, in effect from 1882 to 1943, made it difficult for Chinese to immigrate to America but also created a myriad of documents, many stored in the National Archives, which help genealogists. Researchers often have to determine if family names are "real" or "paper" because of what people had to do to overcome discriminatory laws. This session provides an introduction to these and many other resources in the U.S. and China.

About our presenter: Grant Din has been researching his and other families’ histories for over thirty years, since he learned he was in the 36th generation of Gongs. He has worked with several San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, as well as Basement Workshop in NY Chinatown. Grant received a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and recently joined the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society.

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