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Spanish Manila and First American Chinatown

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

A.D. White house, Guerlac Room 27 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

 "Spanish Manila:  A Transpacific Maritime Enterprise and First American Chinatown in the Ming Dynasty" to be given by Evelyn Hu-deHart, History, Brown University.  This talk is hosted by the East Asia Program (EAP) and co-hosted by the Society for the Humanities as well as the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) as part of their East-Asia-Latin-America lecture series.

The Spanish Empire not only spanned the Atlantic from Europe to the New World of the Americas, but also extended across the Pacific to Manila of Las Filipinas.  The ensuing Manila Galleon Trade from Acapulco, Mexico to Manila spanning 250 years constituted the first modern globalization.  The tens of thousands of Chinese merchants, artisans, and laborers who flocked to Manila built a barrio chino that can be considered America's first Chinatown because Manila was colonized as an extension of Mexico (New Spain).  Not only goods, but people flowed both ways across the Pacific, beginning in the mid-16th century, the Ming Dynasty.  The Chinese community of Spanish Manila also signaled the beginning of the Chinese diaspora, spreading to the rest of Southeast Asia and the Pacific and to the Americas.

More about Evelyn Hu-deHart: Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown. 

A light reception will follow the talk.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Program, Asian American Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Asian & Asian American Center, Cornell China Center, Society for the Humanities, East Asia Program






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