Introduction

Leaving China & the
Journey Across the
Pacific

Cultural Traditions

Women in Early
Chinatowns

Anti-Chinese Violence
& Women's Resistance

Chinese Women at
Work

Educational
Opportunities

Women in Cultural
Work

The Great Depression
and War

Conclusion

Additional Resources


 

 

 

Chinese American children in school dress, Chicago, 1920.
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, courtesy of Ruth Moy

Education for second-generation Chinese American women was more accessible. Although some Chinese parents believed that formal education was mainly appropriate for their sons, others realized the social and economic value of education for their daughters as well.

Chinese girls who did manage to go to school faced discrimination, poverty, and enduring social ambivalence about female education. As a result, few of the first Chinese American young women finished high school and entered college.

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