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Jack Tchen is a historian, curator, writer, and dumpster diver. Professor Tchen is founding director of the A/P/A (Asian/Pacific /American) Studies Program and Institute at New York University, NYU. He co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80 where he continues to serve as senior historian. He’s the senior historian for the upcoming exhibit on the impact of Chinese Exclusion Laws (1882-1968) on NYC, a 2014 New-York Historical Society exhibition with a film documentary by Ric Burns. His next book Artifacts of Exclusion: ‘Heathen Chinee’ & the American Promise will be published in coordination with the exhibit.
In 1991, Professor Tchen was awarded the Charles S. Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities (renamed The National Medal of Humanities). He is author of the award-winning books New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882 and Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905. He was co-principle investigator of the nationally reported study “Asian Americas and Pacific Islanders Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight” (The College Board, 2008). He co-curated MoCA’s core exhibition: “With a single step: stories in the making of America” (2010) in a new space designed by Maya Lin.
Dylan Yeats is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University. He specializes in American history with a focus on the political demonology and structures of authority. He writes and teaches about American Politics, Asian American History, and Islamophobia. As a public historian and trained archivist, he has curated and consulted on numerous exhibits in New York City, where he also gives tours of Brooklyn as a licensed sightseeing guide.
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