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Huiguan & Early overseas Chinese in the United States

Huiguan & Early overseas Chinese in the United States (Full)

Date: 2018/4/21 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre)
Speaker: Dr Sonia NG
Organiser: Jointly organized with the TWGHs Records and Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission by reservation. Reservations for the talk starts on 27.03.2018 (Tuesday) and can be made by calling Tung Wah Museum at 2770 0867 (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays). Seats are limited. Each person may reserve two seats for each talk. First-come-first-served.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2770 0867

In the mid-19th century, a gold rush swept the United States while many new railroads were built. Many Chinese people left their hometowns to earn a living in the United States and improve their livelihood. Unfamiliar with the customs and language of a foreign country, these early overseas Chinese set up huiguan (benevolent associations) based on geographical ties to look out for one another. The huiguan played an indispensable role in early Chinese communities in the United States. In addition to assisting Chinese labourers on matters relating to work and livelihood, the huiguan also provided bone repatriation services. In her lecture, Dr Sonia Ng will draw on archive materials to discuss the history of early Chinese compatriots in the United States as well as the role of huiguan in this chapter of history.