Fall 2011


Recent Grad Recognized for Eureka Chinatown Study

Eureka's Chinatown circa 1884 Eureka’s Chinatown circa 1884.

A PAPER EXPLORING EUREKA’S lost Chinatown by recent alumna Yang Yang has caught the attention of national media and earned high praise from the Association of American Geographers.

In “Lost Island of Strangers from Another Shore: Historical Chinatown in Eureka,” Yang used newspaper archives and landscape studies to evoke “the racialization of place” in Eureka’s historical Chinatown, according to the AAG judges who awarded her the Outstanding Student Paper in April. Yang’s paper made “a strong contribution to ethnic geography,” they said.

Judges unanimously ranked Yang’s paper the best, even though she was up against formidable graduate school competition. “You should be particularly proud, given that you were the only undergraduate student to submit a paper,” an awards official said.

Yang’s success attracted plenty of media coverage in Humboldt County, as well as an interview on National Public Radio.

Yang presented her paper at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Seattle, and was accepted in the master’s of science program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She studied at Humboldt State through its partnership with China’s Xi’an International Studies University.