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Chinatown Alley Fresno

Image: Chinatown, Behind Azteca Theater, China Alley, 838 F St., Fresno

Program News and Events

Asian American Studies Speaker Series

The Asian American Studies Speaker Series began in academic year 2018-2019 as a space to engage undergraduate students across the disciplines in dialogue around the topics of immigration, labor, history and memory, citizenship and belonging, popular culture, and current events. We invite scholars, community members, activists, and practitioners to promote the history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, Fresno, and the Central Valley. 

Current Events

Saturday, Feb 13th, 1pm-3pm, Online
American Chinese Restaurants
RVSP by Chinese Historical Society of America

Join CHSA and the authors of American Chinese Restaurants  for our annual Chinese New Years Celebration. This newly published book includes case studies from the USA, Canada, Chile, and more to examine the historical and lived experiences of the Chinese restaurant. During this webinar, presenters will share their insights into small family businesses, historical racism, architecture, and growing up in an American Chinese restaurant. Additionally, presenters will speak about the ramifications of Covid-19 on Chinese and Asian restaurants.

Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Banh on her co-edited anthology with Dr. Haiming Liu (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona). American Chinese Restaurants: Society, Culture and Consumption  (Routledge, 2020) provides ethnographic insights on small family businesses, struggling immigrant parents, and kids working, living, and growing up in an American Chinese restaurant. This is the first book based on personal histories to document and analyze the American Chinese restaurant world. New narratives by various international and American contributors have presented Chinese restaurants as dynamic agencies that raise questions on identity, ethnicity, transnationalism, industrialization, (post)modernity, assimilation, public and civic spheres, and socioeconomic differences. 

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