Sojourner Award

Chinese Women’s New Life Movement, 1940. Members of the New England Chinese Women’s New Life movement gathered together in their Boston Chinatown headquarter on September 1 1940. The “New Life Movement” stressed four virtues, propriety, righteousness, honesty, and honor as the principles of life.

Members of the New England Chinese Women’s Association congregated in their Boston Chinatown headquarters on September 1, 1940.

(CHSNE collection)


The early Chinese immigrant pioneers were typically sojourners – workers looking for a piece of the Gold Mountain to take back to China to help their families. Many faced conditions of racism, exclusion and economic exploitation, even as they helped transform America by building railroads, establishing fisheries, harvesting crops, and producing in factories. Our place today in this society rests, in part, on their legacy. It is in memory of their unrecognized struggles and profound contributions that we offer the Sojourner Award.

2008 Chinese Historical Society of New England Inc.

China Trade Center 2 Boylston Street, G-3 Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 338-4339 Fax: (617) 338-9339

2007 Sojourner Award Recipient:
Chinese Students Memorial Society

Under the leadership of Richard DeAngelis of Connecticut and the late Timothy Tsung-lu Kao, the Chinese Students Memorial Society of Connecticut was formed to preserve and document the history of Yung Wing (the first Chinese to graduate from a U.S. college, Yale University) and the Chinese Educational Mission that brought 120 Chinese boys to study in New England schools from 1872 to 1881.

Past recipients:

2014 - Boston Dragon Boat Festival

2013 - South Cove Manor

2012 - Billy Chin, Jill Cheng

2011 - The Boston Knights Chinese Athletic Club, Davis Woo

2010 - Madeline C. Wong

2009 - Shanghai Printing Company, Sun Sun Company
2006 - May Lo, Felix Lui, Wang YMCA
2005 - Frank Chin, Chee Kong Tong / Chinese Freemasons
2003 - Bo Sim Mark, National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region
2002 - Tunney Lee, Schlesinger Library
2000 - Sampan Community Newspaper
1998 - Neil Chin, Kew Sing Music Club
1997 - William Seamy Wong, Joseph Yuu, New England Chinese Women's Association
1996 - Paul Chan, Doris Chu, Eugene Wu, Kwong Kow Chinese School (Fung Ming Lee, Principal)
1995 - Aili S. Chin, David S.Y. Wong, Reginald Wong