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Asian Americans in Florida

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 2 – 3 p.m

Asian immigrants began to arrive in Florida after the Civil War. In the decades since, they have played an increasingly visible role in Florida’s economic, social, and political affairs. In this program, Prof. Wenxian Zhang of Rollins College will trace their experiences and review their contributions to the state from the late 19th century to the present day. He’ll also talk about the fascinating life and work of Lue Gim Gong of DeLand (1857-1925), the “Citrus Wizard of Florida.”

Prof. Wenxian Zhang has been a member of Rollins College faculty since 1995. He is a recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Service Award and an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow. His most recent academic books related to China include Huawei Goes Global: Made in China for the World (Vol. 1) and Huawei Goes Global: Regional, Geopolitical Perspectives and Crisis Management (Vol. 2) (2020); China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Changing the Rule of Globalization (2018); China Through American Eyes: Early Depictions of the Chinese People and Culture in the U.S. Print Media (2018); and China Visualized by Americans 1840-1911 (Peking University Press, 2017).

Free admission. Please RSVP.