2019 CONTEST THEME: MY CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICA
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
Asian Americans have had a historical part in shaping our country from the building of the transcontinental railroad 150 years ago to demanding for ethnic studies in schools 50 years ago. To celebrate these events, we invite you to share what you would contribute or add to our country.
Use the questions below to help spark ideas. You do not have to answer any of the questions as long as your entry is about your contribution to America as an Asian or Pacific Islander.
10 Best in Class winners will win a $500 award & Honorable Mention winners will also be selected. All winners will have their entries showcased on the AACI website and have a chance to be featured on NBC Bay Area.
Join us as TACT celebrates 50 years!
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2850 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
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Awarded Best Documentary at Jiangmen China’s Microfilm Festival
Film showing and book talk, "Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea," by Dr. Raymond Douglas Chong. An intimate odyssey to discover the Chong (Zhang) ancestral roots from Kaiping, China to Gold Mountain. Tracing their origins of the Chop Suey food-ways across America.
January 20, 2019, Sunday 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290. Oakland, CA 94607
cosponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley
Raymond Douglas Chong’s journey in search of his family roots in Kaiping, Guangdong, China leads to his ancestral village where he interviews villagers and uncovers its peasant history With remarkable footprints, Chong traces his family’s five generation migrations to America. Following great-great-great and great-great grandfathers who worked as laborers in gold fields during the California Gold Rush and the Far West’s Transcontinental Railroad.
Then during the restrictive Chinese Exclusion Act which banned migrating workers and women, Chong’s grandfather joined a credit partnership, opening a foodway of Chop Suey (cuisine) houses. Raymond Douglas Chong’s family story is a unique personal view spanning the full spectrum of Chinese in America.
Raymond Douglas Chong is a civil engineer , cofounder and past president of Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES). He is coauthor of the newly published book, Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Chinese and Japanese Restaurants in the United States, published by University of Arkansas Press. Author, historian, poet, lyricist and filmmaker.
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) invites SFUSD Chinese American high school seniors who will graduate in June 2019 to participate in its scholarship program. TACT will award scholarships of $2000 to $4000 each to students whose goals will benefit the Chinese American community. Applicants are required to complete an application form and submit it with 2 letters of recommendation and official transcript by February 20, 2019.
Selection Criteria: Semi-finalists will be selected according to the following criteria:
Counselors: Download the announcement letter
Contact Cynthia Cen if you have any questions.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 9 – 11:30 AM
Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School, 220 Middlefield Drive,
San Francisco, CA 94132
May 10, 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Approximately 12,000 Chinese workers cleared giant trees and boulders, blasted through granite rock to forge tunnels, dangled over raging rivers, lifted and planted heavy iron rails and ties for the Central Pacific Railroad over the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their work was unheralded and the loss of lives has been incalculable.
The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) seeks to celebrate their work with teacher resources for elementary, middle, and senior high school. Displays of books, railroad workers’ food, posters, and activities will honor their role in helping our nation become one of the economic powerhouses of the world.
9:15 Welcome/Schedule for the Day
10:10 Railroad Picture Books K-5: Lorraine Dong
Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to Jeannie Woo firstname.lastname@example.org with TACT in the subject line. Please indicate your grade level and school. Register by October 6, 2018 to receive teacher resources.
Both filmmakers will be present at this screening, and they’ll also show a clip of their current project.
DATE: Sunday, September 9, 2018
TIME: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
EVENT: Chinese American Dreams: An Afternoon of Films by Two Chinese American Filmmakers
SYNOPSIS: A double feature film screening of My Life in China (Kenneth Eng) and Tested by Curtis Chin. Both filmmakers will be present to show clips from their upcoming documentary Our Documentary and hold a Q&A discussion.
PLACE: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
This is a short video made by an SFSU student of our Main Library event on the Transcontinental Railroad on April 29, 2018. Check it out!
Credit: San Francisco State University student Darien Roeurth.