Event Details

Event Description

In the summer of 1909, the strangled corpse of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her reputed former Sunday school student and lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling. The talk will explore how the case provides an opportunity to understand the social lives of Chinese living in New York City, as well as the cultural and physical formation of the Chinatown neighborhood at the height of the Chinese Exclusion era.

Event Language

The language of the event will be English.

Registration & Payment

Ticket: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others.

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration & Light Meal
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Talk and Q&A


  • Mary Lui (Professor of American Studies and History and the Head of College for Timothy Dwight College at Yale University)

    Mary Lui

    Professor of American Studies and History and the Head of College for Timothy Dwight College at Yale University

    Mary Lui's primary research interests include: Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005), the 2007 co-winner of the best book prize for history from the Association of Asian American Studies. She is currently working on a new book titled, Making Model Minorities: Asian Americans, Race, and Citizenship in Cold War America at Home and Abroad.

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Standard Ticket
Standard Price RMB 60
Student Ticket
Standard Price RMB 15

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