【4/15/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

(Written by: Tian Olson)

王清福(Wong Chin Foo) (1847–1898) was an activist, journalist, and lecturer, who became an outspoken critic of anti-Chinese sentiment and stereotypes in America. Born in Shandong, China, Wong was among the first Chinese immigrants to be naturalized in 1873. He was dedicated to fighting for the equal rights of Chinese Americans.  Wong founded New York’s first Chinese newspaper in 1883. Wong founded the Chinese Equal Rights League in 1892, which united the Chinese Americans to fight against the Chinese Exclusion Act and the 1892 Geary Act.  On January 26, 1893 Wong testified in front of the Congress to defend Chinese Americans against the Geary Act.  Wong was also the first to proclaim the identity, “Chinese American,” which he used as the title of his newspaper.  He is regarded as the Chinese “Dr. Martin Luther King” for Chinese Americans.

相关阅读:  孙启诚(Thomas Sung)

The First Chinese American – The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo http://www.firstchineseamerican.com/

Activist, Wong Chin Foo – http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2162/activist-wong-chin-foo

Wong Chin Foo – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Chin_Foo

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