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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.