1900 - 1910 Chinese American Woman's Blouse

Description (Brief)
In America, Mrs. Lee wore this tunic-length satin blouse with side buttons made from 1890 Hong Kong coins. The generously cut blouse or sam, often reaching the calf, was worn over trousers.
Mrs. Lee wore traditional Chinese clothes when she occasionally accompanied her children to the local movie houses. According to her daughter Grace, since she did not understand English she made up her own storyline to accompany the films’ images.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1905
maker
unknown
place made
China
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
wool (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 75 cm x 90 cm; 29 1/2 in x 35 7/16 in
ID Number
1992.0620.08
catalog number
1992.0620.08
accession number
1992.0620
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
subject
Chinese American
Immigration
Immigrants
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Home and Community Life: Costume
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Family & Social Life
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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