Chinese-American Exhibit Captures Generations of Family History

Michelle Lee/Exclusion-Inclusion

We’ve all studied the Boston Tea Party, but how many of us ever thought about who made the tea American revolutionaries dumped into Boston Harbor? (The Chinese did). We’ve studied the first-wave Chinese immigrants’ work in the mines and on the railroads, but what about their contributions to farming, fishing, and manufacturing? Why haven’t I learned before about The Chinese Education Mission — the first “study abroad program” — which brought 120 Chinese boys to live and study in New England during the late 1870s?

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