Activities

MEDIA


2022

NBC News, August 10 Denver officials remove anti-Chinese plaque that marked city’s Chinatown destruction in 1880

CGTN, August 9 Historical plaque considered offensive by many Chinese-Americans removed in Denver

CBS4, August 8 LoDo plaque removed, Denver continues effort to make amends for history of violence towards Chinese community

RMPBS, August 8 Denver removes offensive, inaccurate plaque about 1880 anti-Chinese race riot

Denverite, August 8 Denver just took down a “Chinese Riot” historical marker that was actually about an anti-Chinese rio

9News, August 8 Denver removes anti-Chinese historical marker across from Coors Field

Fox 31, August 8 Denver mayor, community remove anti-Chinese historical marker in LoDo 

Smithsonian Magazine, April 21  –Denver Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Riot of 1880

CNN, April 20  – Denver is the latest city to apologize for its history of anti-Chinese racism

CGTN, April 20  Denver formally apologizes for the 1880 anti Chinese riot

Christian Science Monitor, April 19  ‘Focused on healing’: Denver apologizes for anti-Chinese race riot

NBC News, April 18  Denver formally apologizes for anti-Chinese riot in 1880 that left one dead

Denverite, April 17  Denver officially apologizes for anti-Chinese riot, 142 years later

CBS 4, April 17  Denver’s Chinese community receives apology for riot 140 years ago

AsAM News, April 17  Denver issues formal apology for history of anti-Chinese racism

RMPBS, April 16  142 years later, the City of Denver officially apologizes for 1880 anti-Chinese race riot

9News, April 16  City of Denver apologizes for role in the anti-Chinese riot of 1880

Denver 7, April 15  Apology for 1880 riot: Denver to raise awareness about old Chinatown

CBS 4, April 15  City Of Denver to issue formal apology to Chinese immigrants, descendants for role in 1880 anti-Chinese riot

CPR, April 12  Denver will formally apologize for anti-Chinese riot in 1880

RMPBS, April 11  142 years later, the City of Denver will officially apologize for 1880 anti-Chinese race riot

Denverite, April 6 Denver will formally apologize for the anti-Chinese riot that left a person dead in 1880

2021

Colorado Sun, Dec 16  Geographic naming board agrees to scrape offensive name from Chaffee County gulch

9News, Nov 19  Strides made in community efforts to re-envision Denver’s Historic Chinatown

9News, Oct 21  The meaning of a name; Board considers changing names of Colorado landmarks with racist ties

Colorado Sun, Oct 21  Colorado governor tells renaming board to consider easier-to-pronounce alternatives

Channel 7, Oct 21  Colorado Asian Pacific United launches fundraiser to re-envision Denver’s historic Chinatown

AsAM News, Aug 9  Denver’s historic Chinatown is remembered with a colorful event

Channel 7, Aug 8 – Group unveils proposed text for Denver Chinatown historic marker

CBS4, Aug 8 – Dragons Descend On LoDo At Event To Bring Awareness About Denver’s Historic Chinatown

9News, Aug 8 – Re-Envisioning Denver’s Historic Chinatown: An organization hopes that starts with removing an offensive plaque

Denverite, Aug 2 – 140 years after rioters burned down Denver’s Chinatown, descendants will commemorate its history

CPR, June 7 – Un-Whitewashing Denver’s Anti-Chinese Riot

CNN, May 30 – Burned from the land: How 60 years of racial violence shaped America

CBS4, May 30 – Colorado AAPI Teenagers Work To ‘Uplift The Voices’ In Fight Against Anti-Asian Hate

Chalkbeat, May 27 – ‘Invisible for a long time:’ Asian American students and parents in Colorado call for more support, AAPI history

CBS4, May 26- Denver’s Historic Chinatown To Get Revitalization

Denver 7, May 24 – Colorado Asian Pacific United pushing to remove historic plaque in LoDo

9News, May 12 – Denver group hopes to change anti-Chinese riot historic plaque, revitalize Chinatown

Denverite, February 26 – How can Denver recognize its once-thriving Chinatown?

AsAmNews, February 14 – Denver to “re-envision” historic Chinatown destroyed by race riot

2020

Colorado Sun, December 24 – A plaque near Denver’s historic Chinatown marks a race riot. Its critics see it as an opportunity

DEVELOPMENTS


The Association of Asian American Studies presented its Community Leadership Award to CAPU – April 16, 2022.

April 16 apology event – Press release and Apology Letter from the City of Denver.

Key takeaways from the April 16 event:

• A historic apology by the City of Denver for its role in the anti-Chinese race riot that destroyed what had been a thriving Chinatown district in 1880.

• An agreement by the owner of the building (near Coors Field), with the racially insensitive and inaccurate “Chinese riot” plaque, to finally remove it.

• A firm commitment by the city towards the establishment of an Asian Pacific Historic District and the founding an Asian Pacific American community museum, which will be the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region.

CAPU needs your help to document our AAPI heritage in ColoradoWe are in the process of creating cultural trunks on AAPI history in Colorado. If you have story to share or artifacts to donate, please let us know by emailing us at: [email protected].

The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board agreed that Chaffee County’s offensively named Chinaman Gulch should be changed to Yansing Gulch, which means resilience in Cantonese.

A video introduction to CAPU by director and photographer Bruce Tetsuya who is based in Denver and New York City

Video message from CAPU Board Chair Joanne Liu on Denver Chinatown’s commeration day – Oct. 31.

Non-profit status – As a first step towards the becoming a non-profit organization, CAPU has registered with the state as a non-profit corporation – without the 501(c)(3) status – on October 4. To obtain the designation of a non-profit corporation, CAPU has created a board of directors and filed paperwork with the secretary of state, including its articles of bylaws and articles of incorporation.

CAPU launches GoFundMe campaign – In August, CAPU launched its GoFundMe goal of $10,000. We look forward to your support and would like to thank everyone who have generously contributed to it.

CAPU unveils proposed text for Denver Chinatown historic marker – On August 8, 2021, CAPU hosted an event to reveal its new proposed text for a plaque commemorating Denver’s historic Chinatown. The event, which was well attended, was held at Zoe Ma Ma at Union Station. In addition to the wonderful lion dance performances by the Shao Lin Hung Mei troupe, we were honored with speeches from Zoe Ma Ma’s owner Edwin Zoe, members of the Lung and Chin families, Derek Okubo, Executive Director, Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships at the City and County of Denver, and Professor William Wei, CU professor of History and former Colorado State Historian. Visit CAPU’s Facebook page for the event images.

VOLUNTEER


If you are interested in volunteering with CAPU, we welcome the support for our six sub-committees. Please sign up here for the committees.