Artefacts about Chinese-American history, culture rescued

This poster-size photo of the Chin family in Sam Wah Laundry in the Bronx in 1952 was rescued after a fire broke out at the Museum of Chinese in America.
This poster-size photo of the Chin family in Sam Wah Laundry in the Bronx in 1952 was rescued after a fire broke out at the Museum of Chinese in America.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • When a fire ripped through the upper floors of the red brick building that held the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America, the staff thought that all was lost.

The second floor of 70 Mulberry Street, a 130-year-old building that is a cherished cultural landmark in Manhattan's Chinatown, had been home to 85,000 items that helped tell the story of more than a century of Chinese-American history and culture.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2020, with the headline 'Artefacts about Chinese-American history, culture rescued'. Print Edition | Subscribe