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Becoming Chinese in Montana: Political Activism amongst Montana’s Historic Chinese Communities

MOR is pleased to host the Extreme History Project Lecture Series that encourages public understanding of the way our history has shaped our present.

Join us for Becoming Chinese in Montana: Political Activism amongst Montana’s Historic Chinese Communities presented by Mark Johnson.

That Montana had a large Chinese population in the late-19th century is well known. However, most analysis of this community focuses solely on their challenges and contributions in the American West, paying little attention to the transnational nature of the Chinese experience. By understanding Montana’s Chinese pioneers through a global lens they can be seen as active and engaged participants who used the skills gained through their time in the American West to work for self-improvement and to strengthen a severely weakened China they had temporarily left but never forgotten.