Course Information

Madame Chiang Kai-Shek in Los Angeles. Copyright Los Angeles Public Library - Harry Quillen Collection. All Rights Reserved.

The Madame Chiang Project was created by UCLA students taking a special course in research methodology called Asian American Studies 187A (Doing Community History in Los Angeles Chinatown). Taught by William Gow, the course provided students with the research methodology necessary to become public historians and successfully fulfill the task of documenting the history of an often overlooked Asian American community.[1]

The Madame Chiang Project integrated the research methods learned from three previous community-based history projects to make this project a success, more specifically:

(1) Photo Tour: The research methods utilized in this section of the Madame Chiang Project was fostered during a similar Chinatown Photo Tour Project, which the team successfully completed by researching key Chinatown sites, completing a day-long scavenger hunt in Los Angeles Chinatown, and creating a website regarding the experience.

Link: http://chinatownlaphototour.wordpress.com/

(2) Chinese American Perspective: The research methods utilized in this section of the Madame Chiang Project was fostered during a similar Narrative Life History Project, which the team successfully completed by researching an interview database of Chinatown residents compiled by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) and completing a research essay.

(3) American Perspective: The research methods utilized in this section of the Madame Chiang Project was fostered during a similar Chinatown Massacre Essay, which the team successfully completed by researching newspaper databases going as far back as the early 20th Century and completing a research essay.


[1] William Gow, Syllabus for Asian American 187A (Los Angeles: UCLA, 2010), 1.