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Carson City Historical Society Hosts “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada”

Carson City Historical Society Hosts “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada,” a Lecture by Erica Hill
Thursday, May 19th

Carson City Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to host a lecture on “The Comstock Chinese & Other Chinese Immigrant Communities in Northern Nevada,” on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker is Erica Hill.

Around 1850, Chinese immigrants began arriving in the U.S. in record breaking numbers because of the California Gold Rush. Throughout the mid-19th century, Chinese people quickly formed Chinese settlements across the American West in places they could find work while protecting their traditions and being insulated from racial violence. In Nevada, Chinese people lived and worked in mining communities, railroad camps, and other boomtowns across the Comstock Lode and surrounding area. This project discusses the Chinese who lived in Northern Nevada, how they were instrumental to the rapid expansion of the American West, and how they faced extreme racial violence which forced them to form Chinatowns and then abandon them.

Erica Hill is the Community Arts Development Specialist at the Nevada Arts Council in Carson City. She earned her MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University in 2021 and wrote the thesis Chinese Childhood Play: Deconstructing Hegemonic Narratives in Northern California Chinatowns. Hill holds a BA in Anthropology (CSUC) and two AA degrees in Anthropology and Humanities (MJC). Highlights of her professional experience include Archaeological Technician at the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, Cultural Landscapes Intern at the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office in San Francisco, and Student Curator at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSUC.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To sign up for Erica Hill’s Zoom Lecture on May 19th, at 7:30 p.m., go to http://cchistorical.org/signup.htm, where there is a link to use to sign up. You will be asked to fill out a Google Form with name, email address, phone number, and other questions. [Note: If the appropriate lecture is not listed on the sign-up page, you may need to refresh that page in your browser.] If your request is accepted, we will send you a link to the Zoom session within about 3 days. If you need to make special arrangements, send an email to DCBugli@aol.com with “Erica Hill Lecture” in the subject line or call David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

After a hiatus of several years, the CCHS resumed a monthly lecture series in January 2021. Most lectures are presented on Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Some past lectures are also available on the Carson City Historical Society’s YouTube.com page. Additional information about the CCHS is available on its webpage, CCHistorical.org.

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