illustration of the Passaic Steam Laundry building

Hervey's Boys: New Jersey's First Chinese Community (Zoom)

Jan 26 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

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Meeting ID: 896 1647 8476

Passcode: 520341


Before there were Chinese hand laundries,there were the Passaic Steam Laundry and Hervey’s Boys. From 1870 to 1886, the Passaic Steam Laundry in present-day North Arlington employed as many as 172 Chinese immigrant laborers. These men formed the center of Chinese immigrant life in the New York/New Jersey area at the time. Join East Brunswick resident Neal Stoffers for an exploration of the state’s first Chinese immigrant community, as well as the history of New Jersey’s Chinese-Americans from1886 to the present.

Neal Stoffers is a retired Newark Fire Captain. He has earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Asian studies from Seton Hall University.  This presentation is based on his Master’s thesis:Hervey’s Boys: New Jersey’s First Chinese Community, 1870-1886.

Co-Sponsored by the East Brunswick Public Library, Newark Public Library, New Brunswick Free Public Library, and Old Bridge Public Library. 


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Meeting ID: 896 1647 8476

This event WILL be recorded.

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