These Words: A Century of Printing, Writing, and Reading in Boston’s Chinese Community 這些文字:波士頓華人社區一個世紀的印刷、寫作和閱讀

Boston is a city of neighborhoods. Each has a distinctive culture, created by residents’ histories, languages, and traditions. Boston’s Chinese community is no exception. In the area of Harrison Avenue around Essex, Beach, and Oxford Streets, merchants established businesses in the late nineteenth century that included a very specific group of patrons: the single men who operated laundries in Boston area and beyond, living without their families due to the repressive Chinese Exclusion Act. Many came into the neighborhood on Sundays—the one day free of work for them—to purchase supplies, enjoy familiar food, and socialize. Over time, as families could settle here, and women became influential in commercial and civic life, “Chinatown” grew to became a dynamic community of businesses, restaurants, schools, and community organizations. These Words looks at this neighborhood through another of its histories, as it presents examples of the rich traditions of printing, writing, and reading here.

Collaboration between the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, and the Chinese Historical Society of New England. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


塔芙茨大學Jonathan M. Tisch公民生活學院和紐英倫華人歷史協會的合作