Daily Archives: October 12, 2010

Chinese American History (The Americas)

Here’s a lecture by Iris Chang on the history of Chinese America. She begins speaking at about 5:20, prefaces her remarks with some recent events, then turns to the 19th century.

And a short clip featuring an interview with a 1.5 generation Chinese American woman (not, as the title suggests, an ABC) who moved to Beijing for work:

“And it’s over.”

Paul Mason, economics editor for BBC’s Newsnight recently visited Gary, Indiana– at one time one of the great manufacturing centers of the US– and found a city without post offices, public libraries, or concert halls;  basically a shell. You can see a brief clip of his report here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2010/10/gary_indiana_unbroken_spirit_a.html

He’s also written a short article for the Guardian:

“Americans have been living a middle-class lifestyle on working-class wages – and bridging the gap with credit. And it’s over.”

see http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/oct/12/end-of-the-middle-class-american-dream