This week in history
For the week of Aug. 23, 2015
Joyce Chen (1918-1994): Chinese American. Chef, restauranteur, and writer. After immigrating to the United States with her family in 1949, Joyce Chen developed a career from her knowledge of classic Mandarin cooking. Through her restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her Joyce Chen Cookbook, and eventually her nationally broadcast PBS program iJoyce Chan Cooksi, she popularized Mandarin cuisine in the United States, expanding Americansi knowledge and appreciation of Chinese cooking beyond the Cantonese dishes that had been the standard fare of Chinese restaurants in this country. She died on this date.
Independence Day : Ukraine. This day commemorates the Ukraineis gaining independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.
Women's Equality Day: United States. A law passed by Congress in 1974 sets this day aside to mark the certification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting discrimination in voting based on sex.
James Wong Howe (1898-1976): Chinese American. Cinematographer. During his 53 year career in films, James Wong Howe became known as one of the most innovative and skillful cinematographers in the industry. In pursuit of realistic and vivid images, he experimented with using a hand-held camera, rather than a camera mounted on a wheeled stand, and even filmed with the camera underwater. He won Academy Awards for his work in the films iThe Rose Tattooi (1955) and Hud (1962)
Victory Day: Turkey. This holiday commemorates the end of the war of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1922.