Posted by Sean Flynt on 2015-04-09

Samford University and the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation will host a public forum on Chinese immigration to the South in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Tuesday, April 14. The event will begin at 2:45 p.m. in Samford’s Brooks Hall Auditorium.

Dian Dong, Associate Director of the Chen Dance Center of New York, will reveal the fascinating story of Chinese in the region through audio and visual images.

Dong and the center’s Artistic Director, H.T. Chen, have read extensively and conducted oral histories with Chinese who settled in the south before WWII to learn about their contributions to the building of America–from widening the Augusta Canal to building railroads, working on cotton plantations to owning businesses.

The event will conclude with a Q&A session.

Samford’s Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center will host H.T. Chen and Dancers April 19 at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.