1915 - 1925 Chinese American Girl's Vest

Description (Brief):

One of the Lee daughters wore this casual Chinese-style outfit on special occasions, for none of the children wore Chinese dress for every day wear. The trouser band or fu tau , translated as the “head of the trousers,” was folded over and secured with a belt or cord and covered by the vest.

Description (Brief)

Lee B. Lok, his wife Ng Shee, and their seven children lived above the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. store in New York City's Chinatown. Though the children wore Western clothes and participated in the local Scout troop and other clubs, their parents required them to attend Chinese school each day, from 4-7 PM.

Date Made: ca 1920

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: World

Referenced: ImmigrationImmigrantsUsed: Chinese Americans


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Related Web Publication: http://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?view=&dsort=&date.slider=&q=AC0555-0000003.tifhttp://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?q=set_name:%22Lee+Chinese-American+Family+Papers%2C+ca.+1915-1970%22

Related Publication: Mead, Virginia Lee. Photograph, Lee family portrait, Mead, Virginia Lee. Lee Chinese -American Family Papers, ca. 1915-1970

Credit Line: Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0620.11Catalog Number: 1992.0620.11Accession Number: 1992.0620

Object Name: vest, girl'sObject Type: VestGirlMain Dress

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 41 cm x 57 cm; 16 5/32 in x 22 7/16 inoverall, mounted with trousers: 38 1/2 in x 20 in x 14 in; 97.79 cm x 50.8 cm x 35.56 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-9f29-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1119964

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