The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage

Esther Tang: La Doña de Tucson, 1997-98

On Sunday, August 17, 1997, Esther Don Tang was honored by Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson as La Doña de Tucson for 1997-98. Esther's presentation was part of the celebration of Tucson's 222nd birthday.

By selecting Esther Tang for this honor, Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson recognized her many contributions to the community. Esther's selection is also noteworthy because she is the first non-Hispanic to receive this award. As such, it is a powerful statement recognizing Tucson's Chinese-American community's role in the development of a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic city.

At the celebration, family, members of the Chinese-American community, local dignitaries -- such a Mayor George Miller -- and admirers gathered to honor Esther Don Tang.

Cele Peterson, Olivia Montiel and Estella JacomeEsther poses with past doñas, Cele Peterson (1995), Olivia Montiel (1996) and Estella Jacome (1994)
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Esther poses with members of Tucson's Chinese community who performed a lion dance
Esther poses with members of Tucson's Chinese community who performed a lion dance
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La Doña Esther Tang at the Ringing of the Bell ceremony during Mass at San Agustín Cathedral
La Doña Esther Tang at the Ringing of the Bell ceremony during Mass at San Agustín Cathedral. The bell was cast in Mexico in 1801 and weighs over several hundred pounds.
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