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The Story of Ing (Doc) Hay-Frontier Herbalist

From: Dmae Roberts
Series: Crossing East - Asian American History series
Length: 58:00

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The Story of Ing (Doc) Hay is about a frontier herbalist and acupuncturist in John Day, Oregon.

Dochaylow_small MediaRites Productions presents "The Story of Ing (Doc) Hay - frontier herbalist tells the unusual and significant story of Doc Hay and his business partner and friend Lung On who ran the Kam Wah Chung store and medical practice in the small Eastern Oregon town of John Day shortly after the Gold Rush and into the 1950's.  Unlike other parts of the country where lynchings and massacres of Chinese immigrants were the norm, these two men were respected members of the community and are still remembered by John Day residents. "Doc Hay" was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Council for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and will be part of an eight-part national series Crossing East in May 2006 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For more info visit: CrossingEast.org

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MediaRites Productions presents "The Story of Ing (Doc) Hay - frontier herbalist tells the unusual and significant story of Doc Hay and his business partner and friend Lung On who ran the Kam Wah Chung store and medical practice in the small Eastern Oregon town of John Day shortly after the Gold Rush and into the 1950's.  Unlike other parts of the country where lynchings and massacres of Chinese immigrants were the norm, these two men were respected members of the community and are still remembered by John Day residents. "Doc Hay" was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Council for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and will be part of an eight-part national series Crossing East in May 2006 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For more info visit: CrossingEast.org

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Review of The Story of Ing (Doc) Hay-Frontier Herbalist

A fascinating, meticulously researched and produced story about a little known chapter in American history. I thought I was fairly well informed about the 19th century post-Civil War period. But this program contained such a wealth of information I'd never heard or read before that I was a bit overwhelmed. For example, I don't remember ever learning about the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, or the 1888 Scott Act which so tightly restricted immigration that only 10 Chinese were allowed to enter the country one year. I never knew the derivation of the derogatory term "coolie." Or that at one time, the Chinese were the largest ethnic group in Idaho and Oregon. But part of what makes this story so interesting is how eerily some of the information about the Immigration Department is so topical today - and not in a positive sense. Then there is the interesting tale of herbalist Doc Hay, his partner Lung On and their extremely successful medical practice. The use of music, readings from letters & newspapers, and even staged scenes add richness to the authoritative experts and the well written narration. But my favorite parts are those who actually met Doc Hay - because it makes one realize this history is more recent than we might like to believe. If your listeners have an ear for history, drama or just good storytelling, treat them to this very different take on the American frontier.

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THE STORY OF ING (DOC) HAY – FRONTIER HERBALIST
By Dmae Roberts

NAR: MEDIARITES PRESENTS THE STORY OF ING (DOC) HAY – FRONTIER HERBAL...
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There is a one-minute music break at 30:00 - 31:00.

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