Here are some great resources for photographic histories of Asians in the West.

Fuck Yeah Asian/Pacific Islander History showcases photographs of all sorts of Asian/Pacific Islander events and people in the US.

Source: Hawaii State Archives, via Fuck Yeah Asian/Pacific Islander History.

Filipino plantation laborers arriving at the dock in Honolulu. The tags around their necks identified the plantations of their destiny.

Kate Bagnall‘s Chinese Australian history blog The Tiger’s Mouth has a few photographs from Australian archives, such as the one below. There are more photos at another of her projects, Invisible Australians.

Source: National Archives of Australia, via The Tiger's Mouth.

Today’s find is a photograph of the family of Ah Yin (or Ah Yen), who was a storekeeper at Adelong in southern New South Wales, and his wife, Ah Hoo (or Ah How). The family, with six children, left for China in 1897.

Minh-Ha T. Pham‘s Of Another Fashion is a great source focusing on the fashions of women of color in the US:

Source: Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library, University of California (via Of Another Fashion)

These two Asian American dancers are performing at San Francisco’s premiere nightclub in the 1930s called Forbidden City. While the club was Chinese-themed, the performers themselves were not all Chinese American. Some were Japanese American and Filipino American.


  1. Jonathan O'Donnell

    Sophie Couchman’s Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia (CHIA) database is pretty good, too. (I’m her partner, so I’m totally biased.)
    http://www.chia.chinesemuseum.com.au/
    It is a catalogue of historical images of Chinese, Chinese immigrants and their descendants held in Australia.

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