Forgotten Stories from Le Dao Yuan: Weihsien Prison Camp, Shandong, China during WWII

When the United States entered the war, following the attacks on Pearl Harbor western civilians living in China were rounded up and imprisoned by the Japanese until the end of the war; the prison camp at Weihsien in Shandong Province, being one of the largest. Though the food was scarce, living conditions harsh, and rescue uncertain, the story of the Weihsien prison camp embodies human resilience, creativity, and heroism in the face of opposition.

Join the Chinese American Museum DC on December 10th for a special online event as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in remembering the Forgotten Stories from Le Dao Yuan: Weihsien Prison Camp, Shandong, China During WWII.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, From 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
Register for FREE

The event will be hosted by Dr. Xin Fan, Associate Professor of History, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and the museum’s Scholar in Residence. Dr. Stephen MacKinnon, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University will be the Keynote Speaker. The event will feature Leopold Pander (Brussels, Belgium), ex-Weihsien prisoner and webmaster of, Angela Elliott (Vancouver, Canada), ex-Weihsien prisoner, Molly Soltay (Toronto, Canada), ex-Weihsien prisoner, and Helen Leavey (Yorkshire, Great Britain), Journalist, writer, and podcaster, moderated by Louisa Sorkness, museum’s Program Coordinator.

Forgotten Stories from Le Dao Yuan is a new, special exhibit in the Chinese American Museum DC, curated by the museum’s Senior Advisor, Rita Lewi. The new Chinese American Museum in Washington DC is dedicated to telling the underrepresented and unique stories that are related to the Chinese American experience.


Dec 10 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm