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MCC to Host Free Speaker Presentation

Mark T Jonson

MILES CITY, MONTANA: The Miles Community College Library “Speaker Series” will be hosting author Mark Johnson on Wednesday, May 18, on the MCC Campus to highlight his book titled “The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky”. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Institute of Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame and has worked extensively in the compilation of historical documents and stories left by Chinese pioneers in Montana.

Community members are welcome to join this free event on May 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the MCC Library, as Johnson provides a history of the Chinese experience during historical times in Montana.

Presentation description: “From the earliest days of the non-Native settlement of Montana, Chinese pioneers played a key role in the region’s development. But this population, so crucial to Montana’s history, remains underrepresented in historical accounts. Using documents left by Chinese pioneers, translated into English for the first time, The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky recovers the stories of Montana’s Chinese population in their own words and deepens understanding of Chinese experiences in Montana through a global lens. Through these experiences, Chinese Montanans emerge as empowered and active, advocating for their rights in America while both shaped by and shaping events in China.”

For more information on Johnson or his book and collection of findings, visit>

For questions or more information on the Speaker Series event, please contact the Miles Community College Library at 406-874-6196 or by emailing

Founded in 1939, Miles Community College (MCC) was established as the first community college in the state of Montana. Nestled in the heart of Miles City, the two-year college offers a bustling campus with on-site housing, a full athletic program, and a state-of-the-art Ag Advancement Center and offers quality programs including nursing/healthcare, agriculture & equine studies, business, information technology, education, and more.

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