The story of Calvin Chew Wong is representative of the idea of generational history passed down that is explored in the reading To Carry History. It took four first generation immigrants of the Wong Family to come to settle in America before a second generation Wong was born on American soil. From Calvin’s family line, he, Calvin Chew Wong was the first generation to emigrate to America, his son Michael Wong was the first second generation to be born, and his grandson Justin Matsuura was the first third generation to be born to the Wong Family. Now there are three generations of Calvin Wong’s line who are living in America.
Connecting and remembering our ancestors can happen in many ways. Some look to family trees, while others burn incense and make offerings on a family alter. In viewing these images, how are individuals expressing their relationship to their past?
The Meiji Period in Japan (1868-1912) included many institutional reforms attempting both to modernize as well as maintain their sovereignty. These images document efforts of modernization most evident in the military, civil government, education, and cultural institutions.