Connecting to the Broader Community

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

According to historians, American views of the Chinese have often been shaped “more by their own values and experiences than by the remote reality of the Chinese.”[1] Thus, by uncovering the unique retellings of the unique lives of LA Chinese American residents during the 1930s and 1940s, the Madame Chiang Project seeks to provide the Chinese American community with a proper outlet by which they can formally introduce themselves and address the common stereotypes that surrounds them. By connecting to the broader community, the Project sees to paint a fuller and more complex picture of not only Chinatown but the United States, as well.

[1] Ronald Knapp, “China perceived, perceiving China: American myths and realities of the People’s Republic,” in East Asia: Geographical and Historical Approaches to Foreign Area Studies (Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Press, 1982), 157-167.