Stanford student exhibit reveals a legacy of Chinese-American engagement

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    Stanford student exhibit reveals a legacy of Chinese-American engagement


    Thousands of Chinese immigrant workers helped to build Leland Stanford’s Central Pacific Railroad and the wealth that became Stanford University. Still more worked throughout the West as cooks, caretakers and groundskeepers.

    Leland and Jane Stanford employed scores of Chinese domestic workers on their several properties, including their Palo Alto farm. The Palo Alto workers lived on the grounds, first as employees of the Stanfords’ farm, then of their new university.

    These workers left artifacts, stories and a legacy of Chinese-American engagement and stewardship that continues to instruct and to inspire, said BRIGHT ZHOU, ’16, curator of a small exhibit at the Stanford Archaeology Center that displays the Stanford workers’ artifacts for the first time.

    “It’s a history that still lives today,” said Zhou, curator of Chinese American at Stanford: A Reflexive Archaeology. Created under the direction of CHRISTINA HODGE, academic curator and collections manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections, it is on display with other student exhibits through May 15, 2017.

    “At first, Chinese-Americans came to Stanford as cooks and gardeners,” Zhou said. “Today, they’re here as students and faculty, as athletes, artists and activists.

    “But all of them, past and present, are caretakers of the Stanford legacy.”

    Curating a thoughtful exhibit is just one opportunity that Stanford’s interdisciplinary Archaeology Center offers students like Zhou, an archaeology major whose exhibit was a capstone project. Majors and others do fieldwork across the globe, from Mauritius to Peru, as well as at sites on the 8,100-acre Stanford campus under the auspices of Heritage Services. They also conduct research in Stanford’s archaeology collections. In looking through the world through the lens of material culture, Stanford students create new interpretations of that world and their place in it.

    Zhou said his exhibit invites viewers of all backgrounds to see the humanity behind the humble workers’ artifacts, and to draw connections between past generations and today.

  • @secondstrike Okay, that makes a lot more sense then, if it’s mostly in regards to employment. To be fair, both white men and women get the most employment privileges. It’s always been that way. It’s actually pretty common to see a white person (male or female) easily snatch a supervisor position even without any college degrees while overseeing minorities WITH degrees.

    @suiko_no_shin & @secondstrike I dislike feminism too, but for slightly different reasons than what Suiko stated. I agree with Second that modern feminism is utterly crazy. A lot of it stems from pure pettiness/silliness (complaining about not being able to grow out armpit hair, considering health concerns as “body shaming”, complaining about a man saying “good morning” as “harassment”, etc…). It’s just ridiculous. I would respect modern feminism way more if it addressed and confronted issues with women being stoned to death as punishment for something trivial in the middle east, female genital mutilation in Africa, and bride burnings rather than complaining about what I would consider first world problems. But as it stands, I can’t take modern feminism seriously.

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    @suiko_no_shin I agree, but I want definitely want to avoid the craziness of Western degeneracy in Asia - anything that threatens the formation of a healthy family unit. If you’d like to discuss feminism more, a new topic could be created in general. Hopefully our fairer members can share their insights.

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    @secondstrike said in Stanford student exhibit reveals a legacy of Chinese-American engagement:


    Feminism isn’t all bad. First two waves seemed fine. 3rd and 4th went cray though.

    Today’s feminism is off the wall crazy. The part that pisses off a lot of people is that it’s needed the most in Asia (more specifically S.Asia), Africa and the Middle East but these feminists from 1st world countries are smearing the legitimacy of feminism.

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    Feminism isn’t all bad. First two waves seemed fine. 3rd and 4th went cray though.

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    Feminism and Diversity/Affirmative Action goes hand in hand. I’ve always disliked feminism because I saw it for what it is. White women trying to gain more power and this time you have Hillary trying to gain the highest office in the US. African-Americans and Latinos are only tools to them. They’ve already displaced the white male. The worst is yet to come.

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    I don’t know exactly how. I suspect the word affirmative action may be conflated because it exists for school and work. Perhaps they mean wf benefit more from affact at work but not at school.

    Here are the notes

    Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

    study after study shows that affirmative action helps white women as much or even more than it helps men and women of color. Ironically, Fisher is exactly the kind of person affirmative action helps the most in America today.

    Originally, women weren’t even included in legislation attempting to level the playing field in education and employment.

    In 1967, President Johnson amended this, and a subsequent measure included sex, recognizing that women also faced many discriminatory barriers

    in a nation where white women and black people were once considered property — not allowed to own property themselves and not allowed to vote — it was
    clear to all those who were seeking fairness and opportunity that both groups faced monumental obstacles.

    While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they wouldn’t have otherwise held but for affirmative action.

    Researchers found that the same résumé for the same job application will get twice as many callbacks for interviews if the name on the résumé is Greg instead of Jamal.

    black workers earn, on average, 35% less than white workers in the same job

    Sally Kohn: Affirmative Action Helps White Women More Than Others |

  • @secondstrike I’ve always thought affirmative action’s primary targets were blacks and Latinos…can you elaborate on how it specifically benefits white women even more than them? I’ve always thought in terms of uni applications, white males and females were held at the same standards?

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    @bugoutfever This guy is inflicted with terminal self hate

    LeLand Stanford of Stanford University and president of Central Pacific railway, spreads anti-Chinese hate while ruthlessly exploiting them to build his railways


    What other sorts of “engagement” do we have now?

    “Brown and Stanford Universities have conducted internal studies showing the percentages of Asian-American students accepted have remained roughly the same, even though the number of highly qualified from Asian-American applicants has risen dramatically.”

    College Admission Quotas Against Asian-Americans: Why Is the Civil Rights Community Silent?


    This is very strange because white “Christians” massacred the earliest Asian immigrants; prevented them from marring Asian women or even white women, excluded them from high paying skilled jobs – that’s why they “worked throughout the West as cooks, caretakers and groundskeepers”, robbed and sent Japanese Americans to concentration camps; committed gang rapes, chemical / biological warfare, and genocide across East and South East Asia. So, why don’t all Asians get affirmative action? Oh that’s right. We’re the wrong skin color.


    Guess who benefits the most from affirmative action? White women.


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