Cover of Vivian Tom’s Reception Book. Courtesy of John Danielson, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
This week we feature Vivian Tom’s Reception and Scrapbook. This book comes as a donation from the same donor who initially provided us with Vivian Tom’s materials earlier this year and provides great supplementary information and context around her 1974 teacher of the year award and also the media attention that it garnered.
The book itself is a leather-bound 6-ring binder featuring page inserts for signatures from her visit to D.C. Interleaved between these standard binder pages were various news articles, smaller format periodicals, photos, and legislative resolutions. Here we will feature some of the highlights from the book.
During her visit to Washington D.C. to receive the prestigious Teacher of the Year award, Vivian collected the signatures of individuals who met with her during her three-day visit to the nation’s capital. Signers included members of her family, representatives of state and organizations, with the most prominent signature being from President Richard Nixon.
Although Vivian taught and won her award during her tenure as a teacher in Yonkers, she was originally from Hawaii. Many articles attached to the pages of this book make note of her as a Chinese American born and raised in Hawaii.
The reception book includes copies of state resolutions recognizing her efforts as a teacher and her “Teacher of the Year” award in 1974 from both New York and Hawaii.