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The Story of Philadelphia’s Chinatown

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Cecilia Chien explores the history of Asian Americans in Philadelphia from the 1800s to the present.

There are myriad Asian American communities. They differ in country of origin, ethnicity, language, class, religion, gender, and more. From the colonial era to the present, generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have transformed the face of America and been affected by it. What has been the unique story of Philadelphia’s Chinatown? It has often been overshadowed by Chinatowns in San Francisco and New York City. This small but culturally rich community is much more than a tourist attraction—it is a neighborhood with diverse voices, marked by a history of struggle and activism.

Dr. Cecilia Chien is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She is a professor of East Asian history at West Chester University. Her research interests include the regional history of the Yangzi Delta, kinship studies and genealogy, and family history as it intersects with China’s heritage preservation, environmental conservation, and pop culture. She serves on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies and is a longtime CCHC member.

Admission is Pay as You Wish! A donation is greatly appreciated, but if you are unable to make a donation at this time, a limited number of free tickets are available.

All proceeds benefit the development of future programming and the preservation of the History Center and its collections. The History Center is home to over 750,000 manuscripts and 100,000 photographs, and your donation helps us to preserve and share those resources.


Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. We will email out a Zoom link the day of the presentation, and email a link to the recording within 48 hours. Note: the Zoom link emailed out the day of the presentation only takes you to the live presentation; the link emailed out the day after will contain the recorded version.

Generously sponsored by the Haverford Trust Company.

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March 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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