Leland Wong: Chinatown Studio


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 […]

Julia Morgan Legacy Project


CHSA is proud to present the Julia Morgan Legacy Project, created as part of the 2012 Julia Morgan Festival. Our focus is on the legacy, architecture, and impact of the Julia Morgan designed Chinese YWCA building, which currently houses the CHSA Museum.

Remembering 1882

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Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.

Main Gallery: The Chinese of America, Toward A More Perfect Union


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.

History of the Chinatown YWCA


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 […]