World War II;Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association;Chinese operas;Chinatown (New York, N.Y.);Taishan Shi (Guangdong Sheng, China);Guangdong Sheng (China)
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1983.004.001 Oral History Interview with Alice Young, Joseph Eng, Tom & Helen Wong

This combined interview includes conversations with Alice Young, Joseph Eng Young, Tom Wong, and Helen Wong. The topics covered include their immigration story coming to the United States from China, family life, their education, and careers. Joseph and Tom provide insights into the Chinese restaurant industry in New York Chinatown during the 1920s and 30s. Helen describes the types of discrimination she and her family faced as Chinese living and working in the United States. Alice shares details about going to Chinese school and specific weekend and after-school activities enjoyed by kids living in Chinatown during the 1930s. They would also share stories about major current events that they experienced, such as World War II and the China Relief Fund as well as the local Tong Wars in Chinatown.