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Mr. Gong, Founder/Director of the 1882 Project Foundation, will speak on issues of gentrification and preservation in DC Chinatown. He will discuss the inspiration for the Foundation's creation, and its reference to the only Federal statute to specifically and totally exclude immigrants of a particular ethnic/cultural heritage--the Chinese. He will address the history of DC's Chinatown and its continuing evolution via the "Chinatown Off H Street Project," and a related project at DC's Congressional Cemetery.
Bio for Ted Gong:
Ted Gong retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009 as a Senior Foreign Service Officer. He worked on policies, laws and operations related to visas, border security, immigration, refugees, citizenship, and consular services. He served in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, and Sydney and at the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He is the Founder-Director of the 1882 Project Foundation, a non-profit organization that broadens public understanding of the history of Chinese in America through programs to preserve oral histories and sites, conduct teacher workshops and curriculum development, and build collaborations and best practices among APA museums and public educators. He is President of the DC Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and National Vice President for Policy, a founding member of the Fairfax County Asian American Oral History Project, and organizer of monthly Talk Story Events held in Chinatown Washington DC. Ted was educated at the University of California in History, the University of Hawaii in Asian Studies, and U.S. Army War College in National Strategic Studies. He received a Frederick Douglass FD200 Award in 2019.