Honors Present: ASIA and Extreme History-Keeping Chinese Culture Alive on the Montana Frontier
- Monday, January 31, 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- REID 103
From the earliest days of non-Native settlement of Montana, Chinese pioneers played a key role in the region’s development. Navigating life in this new land, Montana’s Chinese residents gained comfort through the continuation of their spiritual and cultural practices. Yet, publicly practicing cultural traditions invited unwanted attention from anti-Chinese forces who sought to expel the Chinese from the region. In this lecture, Mark Johnson will detail how Chinese Montanans achieved cultural continuity and togetherness through these practices while resisting tensions and threats from their detractors.
This is a partnered event between Extreme History, Mark Johnson, and A.S.I.A. Extreme History began as a means of making the humanities more fun, interesting and accessible to the general public and as a real means of generating social change. The Project encompasses a variety of events and activities that enhance the public’s understanding of how history has shaped our present and how understanding that legacy can affect the way we behave towards one another. Extreme History believes in setting a Truth Agenda which will work toward eradicating political and social agendas from the traditional historical narratives and pursue a more balanced and honest expression of the past.
Mark Johnson is an assistant professor with the University of Notre Dame. Author of the forthcoming book The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky: A History of the Chinese Experience in Montana, Johnson’s research focuses on telling the history of Chinese communities in Montana in their own words and through a global lens. Born and raised in Montana, he lives in Helena.
A.S.I.A. is MSU's first Pan-Asian association and newly formed as of February 2021. In keeping with the inclusion values of Montana State University and ideals of a diverse American society, A.S.I.A. strives to provide a comprehensive understanding of Asian nations, languages, cultures, and people among heritage and non-heritage students to enrich Montana State University. A.S.I.A. aims to cultivate an inclusive and authentic environment where students of diverse intersectional backgrounds can develop, embrace, and express their cultural identity in order to affirmatively impact the greater Montana State University community.
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