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The 19th Century Chinese American Experience in the U.S. – Coalition Peace Initiative Educational Webinar Series (Week 1 of 9)

September 21, 2021 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join CODEPINK, the Coalition Peace Initiative, the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Pivot to Peace, and more for a comprehensive nine-week educational webinar series on the U.S. and China. Register to join us in promoting peace with China and combatting hate with truth and accuracy! This series will provide information to help assess truthfulness of mass media reports and U.S. government pronouncements on China so that China is not unfairly demonized leading to anti-Chinese and anti-Asian hate crimes and fabricated espionage charges against Chinese Americans. China Is Not Our Enemy!

👉 Registration Link to Register for the Zoom Links (Attendees must register): http://tiny.cc/registertruth

Schedule and Program Details:

WHAT: Nine webinars, one per week, on three themes
WHEN: Wednesdays, from 9/22 to 11/17 at 8-9 PM EDT

The Chinese American Experience in the U.S.

Review the experience, contributions, discriminations, and massacres of Chinese Americans in the U.S.

👉 Webinar 1 – 9/22/2021: 19th Century:  Gold Rush, Continental Railroad, Chinese Exclusion Act (Ling-chi Wang)

Webinar 2 –  9/29/2021: Internment of Japanese Americans:  1942-1945 (Karen Korematsu)

Webinar 3 – 10/6/2021: McCarthyism of the 1950s, Vincent Chin, Wen Ho Lee, recent anti-Chinese and anti-Asian hate crimes and fabricated espionage charges against Chinese Americans (Russell Jeung and Ling-chi Wang:  Moderated by Lillian Sing)

Modern Chinese History

To understand the treatment of Chinese Americans, we need to understand modern Chinese history and how China was treated by foreign powers

Webinar 4 – 10/13/2021: 19th Century Imperialism & Unequal Treaties, First Sino-Japanese War of 1894 (Kenneth Hammond)

Webinar 5 – 10/20/20211919 May 4 Student Movement, Second Sino-Japanese War & WWII, 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty.  Potential flash points:  Taiwan, Diaoyu Islands, South China Sea Islands (Kenneth Hammond)

Webinar 6 – 10/27/2021:  Hong Kong (Julie Tang) & Xinjiang (Don Tow)

Current US-China Relationship

To understand modern US-China relationship, we need to understand how that relationship and the world have involved over time

Webinar 7 – 11/3/2021:  19th Century US-China Relation of Unequal Treaties, except for the transient flash of diplomatic brilliance of the Burlingame Treaty of 1868 (George Koo)

Webinar 8 – 11/10/2021:  20th & 21st Centuries – Developments in China 1980-2020, Policies of Obama, Trump, and Biden (George Koo)

Webinar 9 – 11/17/2021: China Is Not United States’ Enemy (Sheila Xiao)

Featured Speakers:

  • Kenneth Hammond: Professor of History at New Mexico State University
  • Russell Jeung: Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University
  • George Koo: Founder and Former Managing Director of International Strategic Alliances
  • Karen Korematsu: Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Lillian Sing: Retired Judge, first Asian American female Judge in Northern California; Co-Founder of Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition (RNRC), Comfort Women Justice Coalition (CWJC), and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
  • Julie Tang: Retired Judge of San Francisco Superior Court; Co-Founder of Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition (RNRC), Comfort Women Justice Coalition (CWJC), and Pivot to Peace
  • Don Tow: President of NJ-ALPHA and Co-Founder of 10,000 Cries for Justice
  • Ling-chi Wang:  Professor Emeritus of Asian-American Studies at University of California, Berkeley; Co-Founder of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
  • Sheila Xiao: Co-Founder of Pivot to Peace

Why should you attend?

  • Implications for Chinese Americans: Discrimination, attacks, overlook in jobs & promotions, false accusations of espionage, could even result being sent to concentration camps
  • Implications for Americans in General: Increasing tension and spending on military and wars keep U.S. from working on critical projects to improve economy, infrastructure, environment, health, and racial harmony within the U.S.  Increasing tension will also increase possibility of war leading to disastrous consequences for everyone and the whole world
  • Implications for the World in General: Global problems, like hunger, poverty, climate change, terrorism, pandemics, arms control, and world peace will be neglected as the world’s two leading powers are occupied with war

Hosted by: Coalition Peace Initiative

Webinar Series Co-Sponsors:

  • CODEPINK-Women for Peace
  • Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (GA)
  • Hawai’i Peace and Justice
  • International Peace Bureau (IPB)
  • New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (NJ-ALPHA)
  • Pivot to Peace
  • Toronto ALPHA Education
  • Veterans for Peace-Chapter 113-Hawai’i


 –  (PDT)




Madison Tang · madison@codepink.org

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