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Chinese American woman's dress, 1930sChinese American woman's dress, 1930s

Many objects collected by the National Museum of American History document how ethnic traditions are preserved, passed on, and adapted. In 1992 curators acquired a collection of artifacts used by the family of Lee B. Lok, who immigrated to the United States from China in 1881 as a young boy. The collection also includes oral history interviews with Lee's children about their experiences growing up as Chinese Americans in New York City's Chinatown. This embroidered satin dress, representative of 1930s Chinese styles, was worn by one of Lee's six American-born daughters for formal occasions and holidays.

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