WE ARE BRUCE LEE : UNDER THE SKY, ONE FAMILY

Experience contemporary art and historical artifacts that celebrate the remarkable life of a Chinese American icon, who transcended race, geography, and culture through uncanny strength and resilience.

WE ARE BRUCE LEE : UNDER THE SKY, ONE FAMILY

Experience contemporary art and historical artifacts that celebrate the remarkable life of a Chinese American icon, who transcended race, geography, and culture through uncanny strength and resilience.

Support CHSA’s Roof Repair Fund

This winter’s series of heavy and persistent storms has affected all of us, including our very own Chinese Historical Society of America facility. Our museum occupies a building designed in the 1930s by Julia Morgan, and we have been gifted a leaky roof that has put our facility at risk of damage and forced us to close our museum, impacting our ticket sales and overall business.

To help us maintain our historical museum so that we can halt further business losses, please donate now to our CHSA building improvement fund.

Our goal is to raise $15,000

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Join CHSA for a very special Black History Month celebration that expands on the @WeAreBruceLee theme of social unity and solidarity between Chinese and Black Americans. 

This presentation features

🎥 Film screening of The Black Kung Fu Experience [2012], a documentary about a group of African American pioneers who became respected masters in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men.

👊🏾 In-person kung fu and martial arts demonstrations.

🗣️ Q&A with Sifu Donald Hamby and Sifu Troy Dunwood. These two remarkable athletes and coaches will speak about their success as internationally recognized martial arts masters, their Chinese Kung Fu teachers and what this practice means in relation to diversity, race and inclusion issues.

Popup gift shop, beer, wine and other refreshments available.

WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 2PM
WHERE: Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco Chinatown

Tickets now on sale; see link in bio.
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The Lunar New Year festivities continue today with activities and entertainment for all ages in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown. Celebrate the Year of the 🐇 and enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and more at the community street fair on Grant Ave. 

Stop by CMAC's Edge on the Square, the community's first AAPI contemporary art and media hub that nurtures belonging, equity and resilience, creativity and innovation—and shopping! 

Today, CHSA will present a special Lunar New Year pop-up gift shop, chock full of We Are Bruce Lee merchandise, literature about Chinese American history, books by AAPI authors and AAPI-themed apparel.

See you today, 10AM to 5PM, at 800 Grant Ave.
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FROM THE CHSA ARCHIVES
📷: San Francisco Chinese New Year parade float, 1963 (Year of the Rabbit)

📢 The world-famous San Francisco Chinese New Year parade is tonight! 

Did you know that CHSA was born in 1963 under the Rabbit zodiac? Marking our 60th year in 2023, CHSA is excited to expand its celebration, preservation, and telling of the Chinese American experience through continued research, education, and enlightenment.

Check out the @chineseparade festivities in San Francisco —all weekend. 

Wishing everybunny good health, history, and hoppy-ness this Year of the Rabbit.

Stop by CHSA afterward for an evening of music, art, history, food and drinks. 
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Posted @withregram • @asianweekdb On This Date in History
February 4, 2014
David Henry Hwang’s play “Kung Fu” debuts

Inspired by Bruce Lee’s journey as a martial artist and actor in America, Hwang’s play put onto the stage the struggles of a Chinese man’s journey in America as he built his career and established himself as an icon of Hollywood. “Kung Fu” was an extraordinary blend of dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama that set it apart from traditional forms of theater. The world premiere was at the Irene Diamond Stage, and it ran until April 6.

Hwang, a Chinese American playwright and the recipient of multiple prestigious awards like the Tony Award and Obie Award, made the incorporation of Chinese history and his experiences as an ethnic minority in the United States defining characteristics of his works. The play’s success further established Hwang as a prominent figure in the theater and musical industries.

#AsianWeekDB #AsianWeek #VoiceOfAsianAmerica #History #AsianAmericanHistory #AmericanHistory #AsianAmericanHistoryMatters #AsianAmerican #EthnicStudies #AsianAmericanStudies #AAPI #AsianAmericanVoices #AsianAmericanStorytelling #AsianAmericanNews #AsianAmericanJournalism #AsianAmericanHeritage #AsianAmericanStudies #EthnicStudies #DavidHenryHwang #ChineseAmerican #ChineseAmericanHistory #KungFu #BruceLee #AAPIPlaywright #SignatureTheatre #MartialArts
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an exploration of the relationship between Chinese culture, philosophy, rhythm and art. 

CHSA presents a creative interpretation of ZHUANGZI’S BUTTERFLY INCEPTION by artist XINYE LIN. This immersive audio-video experience combines stunning multi-channel visual projection art, entrancing vocalizations and both live and recorded Classical Chinese opera music.

Lin's work utilizes all the senses in an active and interactive manner where the depiction of methods to heal the mind, spirit and soul is not constrained to static projections of imagery. Rather inputs are tied to different human and environmental factors. Such factors include motion, emotion, scent, sound and mood.

J�oin CHSA for an evening of drinks, food, music, dance, and creative discovery.

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Posted @withregram • @citystudiosfai This semester we are working on Market Street Histories in SF and creating collaborative public posters including AR elements! We will be moving between the Chinese Historical Society of America in Chinatown and the Haight Street Art Center in the lower Haight along with some work on Market Street and of course some field trips and special events. 

Classes will start Saturday February 11 from 1-4 and run through mid-May. Teens aged 13-18 apply by Feb 6!
Posted @withregram • @asiansarestrong 🕯️ Lunar New Year Victims Vigil 🕯️

2023 is the first year California is recognizing Lunar New Year as an official holiday. But instead of celebrating, we have been mourning and grieving for days.

Lunar New Year started with 2 separate mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay resulting in 15 murdered Asians.

Moments like this can feel chaotic and hopeless. These incidents uproot and remind us of the many layers of problems that the Asian community faces everyday. 

It is ok to not be ok. There is no single answer. The pain we feel is rooted in years of complex pain, trauma and internalization. 

But we can heal together.

Join us tomorrow as we remember our lost ones and heal as a community.

	Where: Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco

	When: Thursday 1/26/2023 @ 5:30 pm PST

#AsiansAreStrong #BeYourOwnHero #DontBePassive #BeBraveTogether #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #FightAsianHate #gunviolence #guncontrol #lny #lunarnewyear
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with tea service and a zodiac reading from Kung Fu master David Wei. Learn about your Chinese zodiac animal and savor a special seasonal Chinese Kung Fu tea experience. 

Master Wei will read your astrological chart and tell you what's in store for 2023. He is a Taoist Kung Fu priest born and raised in the Bay Area and trained at the WuDang Temple in China. 

WHERE: CHSA Museum
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 12-4PM

RSVP encouraged but not required. 

LINK IN BIO: Reserve your seat or drop by.
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Happy Chinese New Year from CHSA!

Wishing you celebrations of joy and good fortune with friends and family. 

Here's to a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Water Rabbit. 

Image: "Chinese New Year Celebration" painting by Jake Lee.
Part of the venerated Chinatown print series available for purchase at the CHSA Gift Shop. 
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The Year of the Rabbit is upon us! And you are invited to join the festivities at the Mechanics' Institute Library's program “Chinese New Year and The Year of the Rabbit: What Will It Bring?,” co-sponsored by CHSA.

Legendary Bay Area author Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior) and Chinatown historian and former SF CNY parade director David Y. Lei will be on hand to talk about how Chinese New Year has been celebrated in San Francisco, share memories of family traditions, explore the myths, rituals and qualities associated with the Water Rabbit, and offer predictions for the year! 

Special holiday treats will be offered!

WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 6PM
WHERE: Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco

Tickets on sale at www.milibrary.org.

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THIS WEEKEND! Don’t miss out on this FREE community event! 

Help us kick off 2023 with a very special screening of THE GRANDMASTER, directed by Wong Kar-Wai, as we celebrate the New Year and the 10th anniversary of the film’s release.

Enjoy this special community event filled with kung fu fighting, film, friends, family and fun.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 8, 2pm
WHERE: Great Star Theater, SF Chinatown

RSVP using link in bio.
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CHSA wishes everyone—our friends, family, neighbors, partners, collaborators, and community—a Healthy & Happy 2023!

This year, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary, stay tuned for continued enlightenment, entertainment, education, empowerment and more. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
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📣SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 
Save the date: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2023!

CHSA is thrilled to share a one-of-a-kind free community event: an exclusive screening of THE GRANDMASTER. This special presentation is a continuation of our recent Radiating Bruce Lee: Cinema Under the Sky film series as well as a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the film’s original release. 

This 2013 martial arts drama is based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster IP MAN, whose most famous student was BRUCE LEE. It is directed by Hong Kong legend Wong Kar-Wai and stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi.

Stay tuned for more information as we welcome the new year and honor the anniversary of this incredible film with our community friends, partners, and neighbors. 

To register, visit link in bio or CHSA.org.
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Looking for last-second holiday gift ideas?

From CHSA's We Are Bruce Lee-branded merchandise to books about San Francisco Chinatown and our renowned annual History & Perspectives, there is a trove of unique and delightful stocking stuffer ideas for your family and friends, and neighbors, and co-workers, and teachers, and....EVERYONE.

Featured image: “Christmas” from our "Living in Chinatown: Memories in Miniature,” created by Frank Wong.
📸 Photo by: Palma You 

Postcards of Frank Wong’s miniature scenes are available for sale in our CHSA Gift Shop located at 949 Clay Street. 

To cross off items on your shopping list, check out CHSA.org. 
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Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

As a non-profit organization, CHSA relies on the kindness and generosity of the community, individual members, corporations, foundations and public agencies to support our museum and education center.

This Giving Tuesday, consider gifting CHSA, to support of our mission of sharing the untold stories with a broad international audience and ensure the place of our history within the American multicultural landscape. Recognition of gifts of $5,000 or more will be displayed in the CHSA Legacy Gallery.

We understand that donating your money to CHSA is a deeply personal way to support our work and we appreciate every contribution. We thank you for considering CHSA!

For information about ways to donate, visit link in bio or CHSA.org.
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Did you know that Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco Chinatown?

Did you know that his father was a renowned Cantonese opera star who performed at San Francisco's Great Star Theater?

Join CHSA for a full-circle, homecoming celebration of the 82nd birthday of the Little Dragon with a commemorative film screening of the original version of THE WAY OF THE DRAGON!

At the Great Star Theater.
On his birthday, Sunday, NOVEMBER 27, 2PM.

This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate and honor the legacy of Bruce Lee by experiencing a rare presentation of his legendary film that debuted 50 years ago. 

Tickets on sale at CHSA.org or see link in bio.
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Posted @withrepost • @committee100 LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! 

Committee of 100 and Columbia University just announced the opening of a new survey designed to capture the thoughts and perspectives of #chineseamericans. 

All adults self-identifying of Chinese-ethnic origin and living in the US are encouraged to participate: http://bit.ly/ChineseAmericanSurvey

Please like and share this post with your networks, so we can get as many participants as possible. Thank you. #AAPI #aapistrong #ChineseAmerican #ChineseAmericanHistory #Committee100
Bruce Lee.
Chuck Norris.
The Roman Colosseum.

It's arguably the most iconic onscreen martial arts fight scene ever, the grand finale in the 1972 masterpiece, THE WAY OF THE DRAGON, directed by, produced by, written by—and starring—Bruce Lee.

With complete creative control over THE WAY OF THE DRAGON, Lee's vision was to have his character fight a Western villain in the legendary confines of the Colosseum—inspired by the events of the 1960 historical epic, Spartacus. What Lee delivered was the martial arts experience he had longed for, culminating in a dramatic, 10-minute faceoff between his character and Norris’ Colt. A lumbering Norris goes up against Lee’s trickster arsenal of squalling calls and float-like-a-butterfly footwork, before meeting the full force of Lee’s unleashed fist strikes and kicks, as stunning in the beauty of their rapid-fire execution as in their lethal power. 

Who will win? 🤔 

Do not miss CHSA's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of THE WAY OF THE DRAGON and the 82nd birthday of Bruce Lee with a very special film screening taking place at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco Chinatown, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2PM. 

It will be a magical celebration of film, food, festivities and of course kung fu fighting. 
Tickets at CHSA.org or see link in bio.

This program is presented in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, @caamedia and @bruceleefoundation 
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SF Muni’s Central Station in Chinatown is open! 

The long-awaited arrival of this arm connecting San Francisco public transit to the Chinatown neighborhood and community begins with free weekends-only shuttle service between the Fourth and Brannon Streets and Chinatown-Rose Pak Station.

CHSA is excited for this welcome entryway for our local neighboring Chinatown businesses and merchants. We look forward to this important piece of transportation to our community.

Article: @kron4tv 
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