Chinese-American history in the state subject of the conference

PORT TOWNSEND — In a hybrid presentation this Friday evening, writer, activist, and historian Doug Chin will delve into the history of Chinese and Chinese Americans across Washington state.

The public is invited to join him: either at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., or online via JCHSmuseum.org, at 7 p.m.

This First Friday Speaker Series program, hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Society, is open to in-person attendees who present proof of vaccinations to the Maritime Center.

Admission is free while a $10 donation is suggested to support historical society programs.

Those watching the livestream are also encouraged to donate; everyone who registers will receive a recording of Chin’s speech.

Chin will give an introductory lecture for those who wish to learn the unvarnished truth about early Chinese immigration, racial tensions and activism in Jefferson County and beyond, according to the historical society’s invitation.

With his brother Art, he authored the first history of Chinese Americans in Seattle in 1973; then, 40 years later, the brothers teamed up again to co-author “Chinese in Washington State,” now a well-known reference work.

Chin grew up in Seattle in the 1940s and 1950s. After serving in the United States Army in the early 1960s, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where as a college student of State of San Francisco and a member of the East Bay Chinese Youth Council, he has advocated for minority rights and ethnic studies programs. .

Chin returned to Seattle around 1970 and soon became involved in local Asian American youth activism, particularly around Chinatown/International District (ID) preservation.

In his work with the state and city, he has focused much of his attention on providing human services to the diverse population of ID. In 2001, Chin wrote “Seattle’s International District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community.”

Jessica C. Bell