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Arts & Lectures Event Highlights Chinese American History

The fourth fall Arts & Lectures event will feature Asian American author, storyteller and physician Russell Low.

Inspired by a 100-year-old photograph in the belongings of his great Uncle Kim, Low will share his decades-long search to find the stories behind the photograph. Low will tell the story of Ah Ying and illustrate Chinese American history from the building of the transcontinental railroad to the devastating effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent slave trafficking of young Chinese women. The ripples of Ah Ying’s survival shaped the journey of her descendants. During World War II, two Chinese American brothers left the Oregon hop fields for the battlefields of the Pacific. One came home with a Silver Star, and the other went missing. Their heroic actions and sacrifices remind us of the courage, patriotism and diversity that forms our connections to the past and to each other.

Join us to learn how the ripples of these Chinese American pioneers created scholarships for the CSUSM School of Nursing. 

The event is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the USU Ballroom. Reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website. 

CSUSM’s Arts & Lectures series offers a diverse lineup of artistic, cultural and scholarly events every semester based on input and proposals from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Attendees can reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website


What: Arts & Lectures event “Ripples in Time: How the Early Chinese American Experience Shaped the Greatest Generation in WWII”

Who: Russell Low, physician and author

When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15

Where: USU Ballroom 

Cost: Free for CSUSM students, faculty, staff and alumni; $5 for community members

TicketsRegister online

InformationArts and Lectures website

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