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Gordon Chang


Gordon H. Chang ​​Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University and Professor of American History.

​Dr. ​Chang is the editor or author of a number of essays and books, including​​ American Asian Art: A History, 1850–​​1970​​, ​​Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present​ ​(2006)​​, ​​Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration ​​(2001), ​​Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945 (1997), and ​​Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990). ​​​Chinese American Voices is a collaboration with two other historians and presents the words of Chinese Americans from the mid-19th century to the recent past. Dr. Chang also helped complete a collection of the last work of Yuji Ichioka, the pioneer historian of Japanese Americans​,​ who died a few years ago.[1]

China

Chang’s own interest in China, which was piqued by his father, continued at college and, after earning a BA from Princeton University and a PhD from Stanford University, he deepened his research into the history of US-East Asian relations and Asian-American history.

In his early career he focused on high-level decision-making, looking at the triangular relationship between the US, China and the Soviet Union, but in recent years he has become more interested in the softer, fuzzier side of international relations – the cultural side.[2]

I Wor Kuen

Resolutions and Speeches 1st Congress Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization (Young Lords Party), November 1972.

Speech Presented by Gordon Chang, I Wor Kuen.

An ideology is the way in which we view reality, the world around us. It is from our basic ideology that our strategy and structure is derived and thus it is with the hope of furthering the unity of this Congress that we present this ideology. Without a clear stand we will have no consistent direction and will easily get confused, having no way to get to the root of the problems confronting us.

Correct ideology does not come from a flash of lightning, nor from just a study of books alone, and nor does correct ideology emerge full blown from the brains of one or even several persons. Correct revolutionary ideology is based upon the understanding derived from social practice and the study of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tse Tung Thought.[3]

Harry Wong Support Committee

According to Pam Tau Lee;

He shared stories of how Alex Hing, Ben Lee, Gordon Chang and Wilma Chan and the community formed the Defend Daih Wong Support Committee. Daih Wong was beaten up by the police because he did not have a license to sell newspapers. It just so happened that the newspapers he sold were the progressive ones and also literature from China. The Harry Wong Support Committee protested police brutality and the right wing in Chinatown. We picketed in front of the police station and packed the court room. He spent a few days in jail and charges against Harry were dropped after court hearings. Community outrage to what happened to him, the victory when the people stepped up to unite and dare to confront the power, was one of the many events that lead to the formation of the Chinese Progressive Association. Yes, we held down the progressive pole in Chinatown and Harry says he is proud as hell we still do.[4]

East Wind

In 1982 East Wind Contributing Editor Gordon Chang was a professor of Chinese history and the Coordinator of As i an American Studies at Laney College in Oakland, California.[5]

LRS

In 1990 Gordon Chang was a leader of the League of Revolutionary Struggle.[6]

LRS controversy

When posters appeared at Stanford University in 1990 exposing Gordon Chang as a League of Revolutionary Struggle member, several people leapt to his defense.

“Teachers should be judged by their academics, not through their supposed political life,” according to the statement. The statement was signed by a number of officers in the Asian American Student Association, including chair Edward Morimoto and former chair Joseph Park.

An individual fitting Terrell’s general description was spotted hanging the posters by several people, including Nan Bentley, a History Department administrator. Chaparral editor David Hyatt also saw a man fitting Terrell’s description distributing the posters.

The accusations play upon “a lot of racist stereotypes ... of Asians being sneaky, subversive and manipulative,” according to Elsa Tsutaoka, office manager of the Asian American Activities Center.

The accusations against Chang are “really unfortunate because we’re right in the middle of trying to convince him to come here,” said Jean Kim, director of graduate residences.

“I think this is really low,” said economics graduate student Masao Suzuki, who has been active in the Asian American Student Association’s attempt to get a tenured professor position.[7]

Committee of 100

In 2015, the Committee of 100 is excited to ​induct Dr. Gordon H. Chang, ​​Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University and Professor of American History, ​in​to our membership. C-100 became acquainted with Dr. Chang’s work upon learning of one of his major projects, “Chinese Railroad Workers in North America” at Stanford University, which aims to give voice to Chinese railroad workers who played a crucial role in completing the first transcontinental railroad line in the United States. For the project, Stanford University was honored at the 2014 Committee of 100 Annual Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

Dr. ​Chang has continuing interests in U.S.-China relations and in the political and cultural history of Asian Americans. He is affiliated with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program,​ and​ ​the ​International Relations Program at Stanford University​. He is particularly interested in America in the world​ and​ the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America and foreign relations, and explores these interconnections in his teaching and scholarship. He is a recipient of both Guggenheim and ACLS fellowships, and has been a three-time fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.
This spring, the Committee of 100 hosted an event featuring Dr. Chang as keynote speaker to present his most recent publication, Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China, which explores the history of U.S.-China relations.[8]

A Conversation with Author Gordon H. Chang

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A Conversation with Author Gordon H. Chang Posted on July 16, 2015

On July 16, the Committee of 100 hosted Dr. Gordon H. Chang of Stanford University to discuss his new book, Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China. The event was moderated by C100 member Dr. Frank Wu, Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law and was introduced by Holly Chang, our acting […]
On July 16, the Committee of 100 hosted Dr. Gordon H. Chang of Stanford University to discuss his new book, Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China. The event was moderated by C100 member Dr. Frank Wu, Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law and was introduced by Holly Chang, our acting Executive Director.[9]

References

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  5. [East Wind Vol 1 no 1]
  6. [The Asian American Movement By William Wei page 234]
  7. [Michael Friedly, Poster attacks alleged political ties of Chang First Published: The Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 60, 18 May 1990]
  8. [5]
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