Destination Earth (1956)

Mentioned on p. 24 here is Destination Earth.

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Chinatown

Here’s some more on the history of Chinatowns, their necessity, and their place in society now.

PBS: Chinatown Resource Guide 

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce: The History of Chinatown/Visitor’s Guide (PDF)

HuffingtonPost: How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns

Chinatownology: Chinatowns of the World

Mother Nature Network: 10 Best Chinatowns in the US

History of Chinese Immigration

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Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

If you want to learn more about the history of Chinese immigration to America, check out these sources:

Migration Policy Institute: Chinese Immigrants in the United States

Department of State, Office of the Historian: Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts

PBS, History Detectives: The Life of Chinese Immigrant

National Women’s History Museum: Chinese American Woman: A History of Resilience and Resistance

Golden Venture: Chinese Immigration to the US

University of California: Pictures of 20th Century Immigration

Chinese Food Menus

As I mentioned at our previous book discussion I found two treasure troves of old menus from Chinese restaurants. One is from the New York Public Library and the other from the Los Angeles Public Library.

As a word of warning: neither of these sites are particularly user friendly. Best practice is to just scroll through and see all the cool stuff.

Interview: Author Yong Chen

Here is a radio interview from Southern California Public Radio with Yong Chen. It covers a lot of what is in the book.

Next Book: Chop Suey, USA

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September’s book is Chop Suey, USA by Yong Chen, professor at UC Irvine. The discussion will be September 26th, usual time and place. Anyone interested in joining our discussion can pick up a book at the Circulation Desk.

John and William Bartram, Samuel Vaughn

If you were curious to learn more about the Bartrams – John and William – then here are some links to send you on your way.

This link from the University of North Florida gives an overview of the lives of the Bartrams and has links to John Bartram’s journal.

This link is to a free ebook of The Travels of William Bartram.

And finally this incredible blog post about the gardens of Philadelphia, touching on Samuel Vaughn, John Bartram’s garden, and Grey’s Ferry Tavern.

James Madison – Montpelier

For those interested in the estate of James Madison, here is the official website of Montpelier, including the Annie DuPont garden, James Madison’s Landmark Forest, and other information about the grounds. Here are some great photos from Trip Advisor, showing much more of the grounds than the official website.

John Adams – Old House at Peacefield

For those interested in what John Adam’s estate looked like, here is a blog entry with excellent pictures. Here are official pictures from the National Park Service from Adams National Park of the Old House.

Mount Vernon, History and Present

For those craving a little more about Mount Vernon than just what Andrea Wulf gives in the book (and it’s a lot!), here are some direct sources to learn about the history of Mount Vernon as well as some snapshots of what it looks like today.

Brought to us by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, we have a treasure trove of free online archives and information about Mount Vernon.

This link will bring you to the history of the estate, from Lieutenant Colonel John Washington to President George Washington. There are many helpful citations and maps to go with the narrative.

This link goes into great detail about the Vaughn Plan, shown by Wulf on p. 24.

This is an interactive map of Mount Vernon. For those interested, here are all of the maps, including maps drawn by Washington himself of the estate as well as wartime maps.

To see what Mount Vernon looks like now, take a Virtual Tour.

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