Based on primary source materials from the Hong Family Papers at The Huntington, “Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese American Inclusion” introduces You Chung “Y.C.” Hong (1898 – 1977), one of the first Chinese American immigration attorneys in California. The collection contains over 7,600 immigration case files created during and after the Chinese Exclusion era. The presentation touches on the Hong family’s involvement in the creation of Los Angeles New Chinatown in the 1930s. Viewers will also learn about The Huntington, a collection-based research library, with its mission to identify, acquire, preserve, and make available primary source materials to researchers.
Li Wei Yang is Curator of Pacific Rim Collections at The Huntington Library. His last exhibition, Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese American Inclusion, was on view at The Huntington in 2015. Li Wei’s next exhibition, Printed in 1085, will focus on the Huntington’s oldest printed book and is scheduled to go on view in 2023. From 2008 to 2014, he held the positions of Institutional Archivist and Project Archivist at the Huntington. Li Wei served as board member for the Society of California Archivists from 2015-2017. He received his MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh and MLIS from San Jose State University.