Review: Oracle Bones

Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present, by Peter Hessler (HarperCollins 2006) Review by Craig Dietrich from September 2006 CAFAM Newsletter Hessler is a talented observer, researcher, and writer, whose first book, River Town, documented his two years as an English teacher in Sichuan province. (It is very much worth reading.) While teaching,Continue reading “Review: Oracle Bones”

History of Portland’s Chinese Restaurants

By Gary Libby from the March 2006 CAFAM Newsletter Gary Libby has published an article “Historical Notes on Chinese Restaurants in Portland, Maine” in Chinese America (2006). This is from the journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America. Through meticulous research, Gary has recreated the story of these eating places starting with the first ChineseContinue reading “History of Portland’s Chinese Restaurants”

Early Chinese Students in Maine – Bowdoin College

By Gary Libby In a previous article, Gary Libby described the first Chinese students to appear in Maine colleges. Although the first one (Tsu Sheng Linn, 1909) ended up in the Thomaston prison, those who followed had rather better success. In this second part, we meet the first students at Bowdoin. The first Chinese studentContinue reading “Early Chinese Students in Maine – Bowdoin College”

Early Chinese Students in Maine (1909-29)

By Gary Libby Gary Libby, who was instrumental in establishing the Chinese Archive at the Maine Historical Society, has continued his research into Chinese in Maine. The most recent result of these investigations is the following account of the very first Chinese college students in Maine institutions. This is the first part of a two-partContinue reading “Early Chinese Students in Maine (1909-29)”

The Pekin Restaurant, Bangor, and Raymond Huang

By Gary Libby Wong Jack June opened the Pekin Restaurant in Bangor, Maine in the 1920s. He and his wife, Chin Ngan Kee, had one daughter and five sons. One of those sons, Raymond Li Min Huang, is the subject of this article. Raymond’s parents gave all of their children Chinese names. Their “American” namesContinue reading “The Pekin Restaurant, Bangor, and Raymond Huang”

The Pekin Restaurant, Bangor

By Gary Libby CAFAM recently acquired four photographs of the former Pekin Restaurant in Bangor. These 1920s vintage photos, showing the exterior and interior, complement an oral interview of Raymond Li Min Huang, the son of the Pekin’s founder. CAFAM also obtained a photo of Raymond, then known as Raymond Jones, as a 6-year-old childContinue reading “The Pekin Restaurant, Bangor”