Joyce Chinn discusses her childhood as the descendant of Chinese nationalists in Butte, Montana. Chinn gives a detailed account of her family’s path from China to Montana, her father’s prominent role within Butte’s Chinese American community, and her grandfather’s involvement in the building of the Wah Chong Tai and the Mai Wah Buildings in Butte. Chinn also describes meeting Senator Mike Mansfield, Chinese culture in the United States, and the effect of communism on Chinese expatriates.
Certain portions of the interview have been restricted at the request of the interviewee.
From Far East to Old West Oral History Project, OH 436
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (24pp.: 28 cm.)
Chinn, Joyce, "Joyce Chinn Interview, January 23, 1998" (1998). From Far East to Old West Oral History Project. 1.