MOCACITIZEN: The "Jook Sing" Generation: Chinese New Yorkers during the 1940s - 60s

Sun, Nov 1, 2015 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Tickets (includes museum admission): $12/Adult; $7/Student & Senior; FREE for MOCA Members.

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Being a child of immigrant parents is a very New York story. During the 1940s, a significant population of New York City residents were children of immigrant. What was life like for the American children of Chinese immigrants to grow up in New York City? Sharing her findings from oral history interviews, Jean Lau Chin, author of Who are the Cantonese Chinese?: NYC Chinatown During the 1940s-60s, discusses how this “jook sing" generation navigated this space in between and their lives in New York.

Jean Lau Chin is a professor of Psychology at Adelphi University in New York. Chin is distinguished as an educator, administrator, clinician and scholar. She was the first Asian American psychologist to be licensed in Massachusetts and has held numerous leadership positions in the field. She also spearheads the NYC Chinatown Oral History Project and authored, Who are the Cantonese Chinese: NYC Chinatown During the 1940s-1960s.

Image Credit: Cartoon of Lonnie’s restaurant, courtesy of William Yukon Chang Collection, 1965; Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.