Carolyn Meisenheimer

Interview

Museum Tour

[00:00:00] Carolyn: I am Carolyn Meisenheimer. I’m the curator of the Kam Wah Chung Museum. Actually I have worked here 25 years as of this year I tell people the story that goes with the building. And then answer questions and just generally give them what. Let them look around and see what’s in the building. This is my 25th year of working with it.

[00:00:28] I’ve had lots of enjoyable times in talking with the old timers the new dark and long on and off Read more...

Ruthanne Lum McCunn re: Polly Bemis

Transcript
Ruthanne Lum McCunn re: Polly Bemis
Interview by Sara Kolbet
1 Disc, 44:42, 16 Tracks

TRACK 1 – 1:53

GETTING READY

R: Hello, Sara. That was quick.

Good, good. Great. Yup, we are.

I’m Ruthanne Lum McCunn and although I was born in San Francisco, I grew up in Hong Kong and my great-grandmother was sold into slavery in China around the same time as Polly Bemis, so I’ve always had an interest in slavery, the issues of freedom, and I was very taken by Lalu’s story because it was so Read more...

Professor Wayne Maeda

Professor Wayne Maeda
Rainjita Geesler
Agricultural contributions scholar

R: Talk about the early Issei farmers and when they first started to come to this country.

The issei farmers were essentially enticed to come to Hawaii, Hawaii plays a major role on a sugar plantation. SO they recruited Japanese from Japan. About 148 or so in 1868. It was still illegal for Japanese to immigrate, but they allowed a small group to come, and it really wasn’t until 1886 that immigration was legal. So immigration Read more...