Folded paper artwork done by detainees – click to see examples

York Town Square

A group of immigrants arrived in York [Pennsylvania] in the early 1990s when The Golden Venture, a ship with illegal smuggled Chinese passengers, ran aground off the New York coast. About 40 of the passengers were detained in the York County jail for four years without being charged with a crime.

Some Americans formed “People of the Golden Venture,” a group having just one declared aim–achievement of freedom for the detained Chinese. York residents put on display the colorful paper sculptures made by the imprisoned Chinese. The “People” pursued their primary aim for three years.

Once released, the Chinese found that their paper creations had been viewed as a contribution to the cultural history of York, and so too to the cultural history of the United States.

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