The Collected Writings of the Master Archivist

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The Him Mark Lai Digital Archive Project is an online resource that shares the broad scope of Lai’s scholarship. This project creates a single portal for accessing and understanding the master archivists’ research materials and methods while following the paths of his historical interpretations. 

It will allow the international scope of this preeminent Chinese-American figure to have worldwide impact through the internet.

Users will explore a wide array of research and interpretative materials include documents from multiple institutions including: the Bancroft Library, the University of California at Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Library, and the Chinese Historical Society of America.

For the first time, this institutional collaboration will allow bilingual access (English and Chinese) to Lai’s extensive writings. Archived works range from collections of research materials, groundbreaking articles, books, audio recordings, film, etc.

The Chinese Historical Society of America aims to bring awareness and understanding of the depth of Lai’s contributions to Chinese American history.

In honor of his legacy, the Him Mark Lai Digital Archive Project creates an interface for worldwide access for today and future generations.

About Him Mark Lai

Him Mark LaiHim Mark Lai (November 1, 1925–May 21, 2009) was internationally known as “the dean of Chinese American studies” for his many years as a historian, writer, and community activist. He is, as The Chronicle of Higher Education proclaimed, “the scholar who legitimized the study of Chinese America.”

Him Mark was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown to immigrant parents who worked in a garment shop. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 1947 and worked at the Bechtel Corporation for more than three decades.

Against the backdrop of the social radicalism of the 1950s and ‘60s, Him Mark discovered his passion for historical research and wrote for the SF bilingual weekly East-West, marking the beginning of his career as a historical scholar. In 1965, Him Mark joined the Chinese Historical Society of America, using his bilingual skills to translate genealogies and his research skills to gather pivotal information.

In 1969, with Thomas Chinn, he published the widely used “The History of Chinese in America: A Syllabus.” That year, he co-taught the first Chinese-American history class in the nation with architect and fellow historian Phil Choy at San Francisco State College.

Him Mark’s involvement in study of Taishan emigrant villages by UCLA and Zhongshan University in Guangzhou inspired the “In Search of Roots” program a decade later for young Chinese Americans to learn about their ancestral history. Subsequent years also saw the publication of many books, such as Becoming Chinese American, Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present, as well as a feature role in the 2004 documentary Him Mark Lai: The People’s Historian.

Integral in founding the historical society’s annual journal, Chinese America: History and Perspectives, Him Mark also co-curated CHSA’s main exhibit, “The Chinese of America: Toward a More Perfect Union,” while publishing many notable books, including Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 and with Professors Gordon Chang and Judy Yung, Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present.

Posthumously, Him Mark Lai published Chinese American Transnational Politics (2010) and Him Mark Lai: Autobiography of a Chinese American Historian (2011). In 2011, the San Francisco Library rededicated the Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library in Lai’s honor.《麥禮謙數目檔案》簡介

麥禮謙是美國華人歷史學會的中堅人物,也是許多其他華社組織的核心分子。《高等教育紀事報》曾說:“華美研究獲得學術界的承認,功在麥禮謙。”記錄、弘揚華裔美國人的生活,是麥禮謙的志向之所在,也是他的學術之所精。美國華人歷史學會懷著自豪的心情,以數碼檔案向公眾介紹麥禮謙。

《麥禮謙數碼檔案》即將在網上與公眾見面,介紹麥禮謙廣泛的學術活動和成就,其中包括他所搜集的研究資料、具有開創性的論文、書籍,還有電影。檔案的網址是HimMarkLai.org, 進入即可了解麥禮謙歷史研究的發展過程,以及他在各個階段采用的材料與方法。

數碼檔案采用網絡接面技術,讀者可以查閱儲存在不同學術機構的資料,涵蓋所及,以館藏而言,包括柏克萊加州大學善本、珍本圖書館,柏克萊加州大學少數族裔研究圖書館,美國華人歷史學會,以資料形式而言,包括手稿、報刊、錄音、以及面談訪問記錄。由於各個學術機構通力合作,麥禮謙的各種著述,不論英文,中文,一律向學者,學生,和一般公眾開放。此舉尚屬首創。因為使用互聯網,其他國家的讀者也可以了解麥禮謙的學術活動與成就。

美國華人歷史學會希望,這個檔案能使世界各國的人了解麥禮謙,了解他為今天和將來的人們所做的貢獻。