The Neon Museum sheds light on Chinese history in Las Vegas

The Neon Museum welcomes Dr. Sue Fawn Chung, a highly qualified writer, historian, and retired UNLV professor, as Scholar in Residence (SIR) in 2021.

To kick off its 8th annual Scholar in Residence program, the Neon Museum will be giving a talk with Chung on “Sinology and Sin City: A Brief History of the Chinese in Las Vegas” via Zoom on May 26th at 7pm.

At a time when our country is experiencing increasing violence against Asian Americans, Chung is trying to build bridges and promote Sinology, the study of Chinese things. Her talk will discuss the history of the Chinese in Las Vegas and their influence on the development of Sin City. The highlights include:

– Migration of Chinese workers to a young railroad town, Las Vegas

– The growth of Chinese restaurants and entertainment on the Strip

– Celebrity Chinese Las Vegans including Wing and Lilly Fong, owners of Fong’s Garden and the first Sino-American public school teacher

– Sino-American population growth in Las Vegas

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