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Folklore and the Forest: A Discussion about Chinese Americans in Logging as Found in History, Fiction, and Archeology
August 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Historians Sue Fawn Chung and William Gow and archeologist Stacey Lynn Camp will join artist and author Shing Yin Khor to discuss Khor’s The Legend of Auntie Po and folklore in the forest. Set in an 1880s logging camp in the Sierras, Khor’s graphic novel weaves together stories of thirteen-year-old Mei and her friends and family—including the mythical Auntie Po, logging camp life, and Chinese American community-building during the Chinese Exclusion Era.
Award-winning artist Shing Yin Khor discussed their work with FHS historian Jamie Lewis as part of the Conversations in Forest History series in June (which you can watch on YouTube here).
Sue Fawn Chung, Professor Emerita at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is the author of Chinese in the Woods: Logging and Lumbering in the American West and In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West. William Gow is a California-based community historian, educator, and documentary filmmaker at Sacramento State University, and was founder and director of the Chinatown Remembered Project. Stacey Lynn Camp, an historical archaeologist, is an associate professor of Anthropology and Director of the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program who examines migrant and diasporic communities living in the 19th and 20th century Western United States.
This webinar will be held on August 24 and is presented by the Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West and the Forest History Society. This 60-minute program starts at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
To register, visit https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8ioFR37UTuOU4XLptklKnA.