Leland Wong is transforming the CHSA Yick Gallery into a working artist’s studio. The prolific artist is a CHSA artist-in-residence for 2013–2014. His works-in-progress includes photography, painting, t-shirt silkscreening, dumpling making–whatever is on his creative radar at the moment. Leland is currently working on a large-scale mural in the Yick Gallery depicting Chinese railroad workers. Wong is a San Francisco Chinatown native and still lives a few blocks away decades later. His artistic focus is on his community —the streets, cafes, and people that have shaped his life and artwork. When Leland is at the museum, feel free to engage […]
This bilingual exhibit tells the history of Chinese Americans in the United States, documented by the large wave of immigration that began in the 19th century to the prolific presence of Chinese in American society today. Photographs and artifacts focus on the contributions made by Chinese laborers in the development of the fishing, railroad, mining, and agriculture industries in the American West.
In 1916, the National Board organized the first Chinese YWCA in America. From the 1930s to 1980s, the San Francisco YWCA Chinatown served as a social outlet for many Chinese American women in the community with dance lessons, cultural programs, cooking classes, youth activities, and more. Times changed in the 1960s when the Civil Rights Movement relaxed immigration laws that promoted racial equality and dramatically changed the make-up of the Chinese American community. By the 1980s, the building had become obsolete both in function & in meeting building code requirements. Faced with the high cost of retrofitting the building, the […]