Reading into History @ Home: "Prairie Lotus"

Reading into History @ Home: "Prairie Lotus"
Cynthia Lee
Join us online! | Sunday, May 16 | 2-3 pm

Free; Ages 9-12

Meet Hanna, a half-white, half-Chinese girl in Linda Sue Park’s deeply empathetic, award-winning novel, Prairie Lotus. And join us to discuss Hanna’s world in 1880’s midwest America—her education, her attempts at making friends, and her work in her father’s shop. Explore the history of the time period through related objects and documents, including ones focused on the anti-Chinese laws that impact Hanna and her family. Curator and exhibition designer Cynthia Lee will help us understand the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and what Chinese American lives would have been like during this time in the west.

From the New York Times: “Linda Sue Park rewrites Little House on the Prairie with an Asian American heroine.”

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  • This month’s Reading into History book celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 
  • To learn more about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, explore New-York Historical’s curriculum from our 2015 Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition.  
  • To learn more about current issues facing Asian Americans, visit AAPI’s Civic Engagement Fund, where you’ll read more about COVID-19’s impact on these communities, and programs and community efforts to support Asian Americans.

Cynthia Lee has worked with New-York Historical on two exhibitions, as Assistant Curator for Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion (2014) and as an Interpretive Planner on Saving Washington (2017). Cynthia worked at the Museum of Chinese in America as the VP of Exhibitions, Programs and Collections, where she spearheaded history and art exhibitions inspired by its community-driven collections that firmly positioned the Chinese American experience within the American Story. She led the development of MOCA’s core exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and its first group contemporary art show, Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York (2009). Cynthia is currently an Interpretive Planner with Thinc Design, where she leads interpretive projects for the Ocean Pavilion for the Seattle Aquarium and the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida.

New-York Historical is now open to visitors—learn more. The DiMenna Children's History Museum remains temporarily closed. 

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