Enhancement of Culture

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

The attainment of a greater self-understanding of Los Angeles Chinatown is only possible by means of a cross-cultural understanding that reflects not only on the conflicted American perception of Chinese Americans but the conflicted Chinese American perception of oneself.[1]

The Madame Chiang Project hopes to enhance a more multi-faceted understanding of the Chinese American identity and culture. Non-Chinese visitors to the site will obviously benefit greatly by from learning about an important moment in Asian American history that is rarely discussed in history classes today. And Chinese visitors can also benefit from the site by recognizing their everyday existence as a Chinatown resident is very much a permeation of a Chinatown culture that is yet to be fully documented by historical sources.

[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.