Tag Archive for: The Chinese Lady

The cast of The Chinese Lady performs on an opulent stage

First Look: The Chinese Lady

The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. Intriguing and powerful, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. Take a look at some of the production photos below.

I Am Denver Screening: Reclaiming Denver’s Chinatown

Chinese immigration in the United States has a long, fraught history. The first large wave of migrants reached the West Coast in the mid 1800s, hoping to find wealth in the gold rush. Instead, they found strict laws that prohibited Chinese people from owning gold mines and experienced widespread racism. Prior to this, there were […]

A bowl of Chinese food with meat, green onions, and peppers

Suggestions for Great Chinese Food in Denver

Most Americans have had Chinese food all their lives. Chinese food arrived with the first immigrants in the 1840s, looking to strike it rich panning for treasure in “Gold Mountain” — what America was called in China. The cuisine was first cooked up by and for the immigrants themselves, but despite racism against the wave […]

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The Legacy of Denver’s Forgotten Chinatown

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gave an official apology — for something that happened in 1880. He apologized for the anti-Chinese race riot of October 31, 1880 known as The Chinatown Riot. The event destroyed much of what had been a thriving Chinatown district in what is today the thriving entertainment […]

A sketch of Afong Moy in a curtained room

A Conversation with Seema Sueko, director of The Chinese Lady

The story of immigrants to the United States is often hazy in history. We learn about Columbus and later, the pilgrims, but not so much about other arrivals to our shores (or the African slaves, or the indigenous peoples who were already here). Immigration from China to America began in earnest in 1849, when gold […]

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the DCPA

The month of May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Originally, it was only a weeklong commemoration to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad (the majority of which was laid by Chinese immigrants) and the first Japanese immigration to the United States. By the early 1990s, the month of May was officially […]