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Student Symposium: Chinese Prostitutes Shape 19th-Century U.S. Immigration Law

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport, MA, 01950 United States (map)

On Thursday, May 17, the museum will host its third Student Symposium in partnership with The Governor's Academy.  These symposia highlight exceptional student history research papers, and this spring's installment will feature Eli Anderson-Song and his nationally-acclaimed paper "A Question of Life & Money: Chinese Prostitutes in San Francisco and American Immigration Policy."  The program will begin at 7:00pm and will be preceded by a reception at 6:30.

Anderson-Song's paper earned the prestigious Cum Laude Essay Prize in 2017. Akin to Phi Beta Kappa at the college and university level, the Cum Laude Society recognizes outstanding academic achievement in secondary schools, and the Essay Prize is its pinnacle recognition. The $5,000 prize recognizes the best single work of scholarship produced in 382 of the best public and private schools in America during the 2016-17 school year. 

Anderson-Song is interested in music and journalism, both of which he plans to pursue in college. A family trip to Seattle and a museum guide's comment there about the significance of prostitution in Seattle's early economy sparked Eli's interest in this subject.

Thursday, May 17
Reception 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm
Reservations recommended due to limited seating; contact 978-462-2681 or

The museum's programming is sponsored in part by a grant from the Institution for Savings.

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Later Event: May 19
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