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Lai (Him Mark) papers
M2006  
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Description
Him Mark Lai (1925-2009) was a writer, historian, and archivist of Chinese America. This collections primarily consists of his own family history, particularly that of the Mark/Mai clan, and his parents’ immigration to California.
Background
Him Mark Lai (1925-2009) was the eldest child of parents who immigrated to America during the period of Chinese Exclusion. He was a scholar and activist in the area of Chinese America, the “Dean of Chinese American history”, whose involvement in teaching established much of the groundwork for which the topic would be understood and the way in which further research would occur. Lai studied engineering in college and worked in the field at Bechtel Power Corporation for 30 years, but he also had a lifelong interest in history, dedicating work and service to the Chinese-American community.
Extent
4 Linear Feet (5 boxes, one oversize folder)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.