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Asian American Monument Slated for Dedication

12/31/2019

Bernalillo County’s Public Art program and the Asian American community will dedicate the “View From Gold Mountain,” on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 outside the Bernalillo County District Courthouse at the corner of Lomas and Fifth street. Parking is available at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court public parking.

 

WHO: State, county and city officials, Bernalillo County Asian American community, interested Bernalillo County residents

WHAT: Dedication of Asian American Monument: “View From Gold Mountain”

WHEN: Dedication: Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.

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Asian American Monument Dedicated

Lunch/Lecture: Noon – Justice for All: Asian Americans and the Courtroom (Registration required https://bit.ly/2SkjIZY)

WHERE: Bernalillo County District Courthouse, 400 Lomas Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

 

 

 

The art piece is by artists Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong. Leo-Gwin is a full time artist, writer, and lecturer working in multimedia and public art. Her studios are located in Redmond, Washington. Wong is an artist and teacher working in mixed media and public Aat. His studio is in Seattle, Washington. He is known for his ceramic art programs for kids.

The funding for the monument was a collaboration between the State of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque, and Bernalillo County.

Background Information:

The art piece is based on the 1884 landmark case Territory of New Mexico vs. Yee Shun which ruled Chinese Americans were fit to testify in the court of law. During the latter part of the 19th century people of color, including Chinese Americans encountered discriminatory federal and state legislation that obstructed full participation in American society. Among the constitutional rights denied to Asian Americans, one of the most egregious was prohibiting the testimony of Asian Americans in a legal case in court. Chinese Americans used the court system to fight back, and in that process helped establish legal principles which affected the course of American jurisprudence. The Yee Shun case contributed to the developing relationship of law and race in the 19th century in the United States. The Chinese Americans were willing to confront and to use the government to help delineate the limits of government authority and to help define the ideals of democracy. The Yee Shun case and others contributed in a significant way to the molding of due process and equal protection jurisprudence under the 14th Amendment.

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