Priscilla Wegars

Chinese Women in the West

This presentation examines the lives and occupations of Chinese women in the West.  Besides Polly Bemis, other Chinese women are individually recognized for their particular contributions and accomplishments.  Historical documents, such as newspapers, census records, and marriage license applications, help locate Chinese women in the West, while artifacts found on archaeological sites and in museums help us understand Chinese customs such as footbinding, and confirm the presence of Chinese women in areas for which no documentation exists.