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Yosemite restoration of 1917 Laundry Building showcases ‘almost erased’ history of Chinese workers

Yosemite building

A Chinese laundry facility built in 1917 has been restored and opened to the public to honor the “almost erased” history of the Chinese migrant workers who built vital roads in Yosemite National Park and supported its foundations since 1874.

Cultural significance: The building served a generation of Chinese workers who were employed at the historical Victorian-style Wawona Hotel, which has existed since 1856.

Meet the civil rights leader who became the first female Filipino American legislator in the US

Thelma Buchholdt legislator

Thelma Buchholdt was the first Philippine-born female legislator in the U.S. and was elected to serve in the Alaska House of Representatives for four terms from 1975 to 1982. 

Who was Buchholdt: Born in August 1934, in Claveria, Cagayan, she came to America in 1951 and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Google celebrates Michiyo Tsujimura and her breakthrough research on green tea with a Doodle

The new Google Doodle today celebrates the life of the late biochemist Michiyo Tsujimura, Japan’s first woman doctor of agriculture whose groundbreaking research of green tea explains its bitter taste. 

The illustration shows Tsujimura conducting research surrounded by a steaming cup of green tea and tea leaves. Today marks her 133rd birthday. 

This young Filipino speaker from the 1950s has a timeless message on prejudice

Raul Contreras

As Asian Americans continue to grapple with increasing hate during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Filipino teen’s message from the mid-1950s makes a crucial reminder of the problem of prejudice.

“How in the world could you have liberty and justice for all?” asked 15-year-old Raul Contreras, challenging the truth in America’s pledge of allegiance.