Guide to the John M. Liu Collection of Orange County Chinese American Photographs MS.R.151

Finding aid prepared by Audra Eagle Yun
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
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University of California, Irvine
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© 2011


Title: John M. Liu collection of Orange County Chinese American photographs
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.151
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.8 Linear feet (2 boxes.)
Date (inclusive): 1900-1992
Abstract: John M. Liu was a professor in the Comparative Culture program at the University of California, Irvine and chair of the Chinese American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation in 1992 when he curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. The collection includes mounted photographs, captions, and a compact disc (CD) with exhibit information and captions.
Creator: Liu, John M.

Processing History

Processed by Audra Eagle Yun, 2011.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John M. Liu, October 2011.

Preferred Citation

John M. Liu Collection of Orange County Chinese American Photographs. MS-R151. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. Some of these materials are in the public domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Historical Background

The Historical and Cultural Foundation of Orange County (California) was founded by Linda Leung Lau in 1985 to promote understanding of ethnic heritage and arts through exhibits and other events. John M. Liu was a professor in the Comparative Culture program at the University of California, Irvine and chair of the Chinese American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation in 1992 when he curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. Assisted by Rose Cheung and Patricia Lin, Liu presented the exhibit at the 1992 Kaleidoscope Festival in Irvine, California. John M. Liu is currently a senior lecturer at the University of California, Irvine.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

In 1992, John M. Liu curated an exhibit of historical photographs depicting the experiences of Chinese Americans in Orange County. The exhibit photographs were duplicated from the Elizabeth Shultz Collection of the Anaheim Public Library, the First American Title Insurance Company, and from the family albums of Marcus Gih, Fred Lau, Linda Lau, Margaret Lew, Pamela Tom, Amy Wong, David Wong, and May Wong. The exhibit was broadly divided into three sections: the early years of immigration from 1870-1900, the transition years from 1901-1945, and the contemporary years from 1946-1992. The collection includes mounted photographs, captions, and a compact disc (CD) with exhibit information and captions.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series, reflecting the original themes of the exhibit:
  • Series 1. Entering
  • Series 2. Agriculture
  • Series 3. Merchants
  • Series 4. Other
  • Series 5. Modern
When received, the collection was not arranged. The processor re-established order by arranging the photographs according to the exhibit caption list included with the collection, which was broken into five themes. Exhibit caption boards were placed together in a separate folder.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Liu, John M.
Chinese American businesspeople -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
Chinese American Families -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
Chinese American grocers -- California -- Orange County -- Photographs
Chinese Americans -- California -- Archives.

Box 1, Folder 1

Exhibit captions, printed and CD-R 1992

 

Entering Series 1.

Box 1, Folder 2

Map of Kwangtung Province, China undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Arch Beach smuggling checkpoint undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Chinese American men wearing merchant attire undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Aging Chinese man undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Chinese American railroad workers undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Chinese American railroad workers in Sierra Nevada, illustration undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Ling Fat at the Del Campo Hotel ca. 1905

Box 2, Folder 10

Eighth grade class portrait of Ling Fat 1905

Box 2, Folder 11

United States entry visa for Fred Lau 1927

Box 2, Folder 2

Family portrait of Gin Gor Ju 1936

Box 2, Folder 2

Gin Gor Ju and family at Disneyland ca. 1956

Box 2, Folder 9

Unidentified Chinese family in Anaheim ca. 1900

 

Agriculture Series 2.

Box 1, Folder 2

Orange County's first Valencia orchard undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Chinese American tending small vegetable crop undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Chinese field workers undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Chinese field workers wearing straw hats and cotton tunics undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Chinese orchard worker undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Chinese field workers tending vegetable flats undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Gin Gor Ju on his farm in Buena Park ca. 1950s

Box 2, Folder 3

Dick Tom and family at Laguna Beach ca. 1938

Box 1, Folder 6

Henry Wong's farm in Norwalk 1929

Box 2, Folder 4

Amy Ju Wong in her father's strawberry field undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Chinese women field workers with baskets undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Mrs. Dick Tom at their Laguna Beach farm, Wan Lee ca. 1937

Box 2, Folder 3

Dick Tom family portrait ca. 1937

Box 2, Folder 4

Harvesting white radishes on Mr. Ju's farm ca. 1950s

Box 2, Folder 1

Chinese workers fumigating an orchard undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Chinese wine workers, illustration undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Chinese wine workers, illustration undated

 

Merchants Series 3.

Box 2, Folder 7

Peddler carrying baskets on a shoulder pole undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Chinese peddler with horse and wagon undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Chinese peddler in cart with horse undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Chinese grocery store undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Wong's Food Market undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Chinie Lu, Tustin's vegetable man undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Chinese peddler Tom with Ball children 1930

Box 2, Folder 11

Fred Lau and family at Santa Ana Food Market 1954

Box 2, Folder 11

Louis Lau, son of Fred Lau undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Bob Wong commercial properties in Anaheim ca. 1960s

 

Other Series 4.

Box 2, Folder 8

Chinese laundry owner undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Lee Yick storefront undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Chinese leather worker undated

 

Modern Series 5.

Box 1, Folder 14

Engineers' party in Los Angeles 8 December 1945

Box 1, Folder 14

Tom Yuen, founder of AST Computers undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, UC Berkeley chancellor ca. 1988

Box 1, Folder 14

Dr. Roy Lau, first Asian to be elected president of the Orange County Surgical Society undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Tenth anniversary of the Orange County Chinese Potluck Association 1974

Box 1, Folder 12

Chinese Women's Association 1971

Box 1, Folder 14

Dr. Raymond Chin, dentist undated