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Introducing the Ah Quin Family: The First Chinese Family in San Diego’s Early Chinatown

TUESDAY, May 10, 2022  |  12:00PM – 1:00PM   |  ON ZOOM

Ah Quin was the informal mayor of San Diego’s early Chinatown, but he was also a prolific writer who left behind eleven volumes of a diary that spans from 1877 to 1902, providing a personal account of many of the landmark experiences of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century. In 1881 he married Ah Sue, and they raised a family of twelve children in San Diego. This talk will introduce you to the Ah Quin family and what it was like for them to live in San Diego during the Age of Chinese Exclusion. We’ll also discuss his life as a bachelor laborer in San Francisco, some of the secrets contained within his diary, and his present-day legacy.

Speaker and bio: Susie Lan Cassel and Cyndie Quin-Soo
Susie Lan Cassel, Professor, Literature and Writing Studies Department and a Founding Faculty of the Ethnic Studies Program at California State University, San Marcos, is an award-winning teacher and scholar. She is editing The Ah Quin Diary (forthcoming, Stanford University Press) and writing a historical biography about the Ah Quin Family.Cyndie Quin-Soo is a great-granddaughter of Ah Quin and Ah Sue. She was an Analyst for the Federal Government for 38 years before retiring. Her last position was a Western Regional Immigration Analyst for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service


This event is FREE. Guests will receive a confirmation following registration.


May 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Event
CA United States