Collections

CHSA values the importance of our collections. At the moment we are investing in developing the capacity of the collection of nearly 22,000 Chinese and Chinese American historical artifacts. We are investing over $1,000,000 in an overhaul of the collection archive rooms and digitally scanning many of our files and objects to make them more searchable and usable for the future.
 
As we embark on this endeavor, to better serve you, we are pausing all research requests. We look forward to sharing with you and keeping you updated on our progress as we modernize our archival collections.
 
Thanks for your understanding and patience.

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The Chinese Historical Society of America collects, preserves, and illuminates the history of Chinese in America by serving as a center for research, scholarship and learning to inspire a greater appreciation for, and knowledge of, their collective experience

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As a non-profit organization, Chinese Historical Society of America relies on the generosity of the community, individual members, corporations, foundations and public agencies to support our mission of being a steward of the Chinese American narrative. Your support is crucial in helping CHSA promote the history, culture, and legacy of Chinese in America.

Donate to CHSA

As a non-profit organization, Chinese Historical Society of America relies on the generosity of the community, individual members, corporations, foundations and public agencies to support our mission of being a steward of the Chinese American narrative. Your support is crucial in helping CHSA promote the history, culture, and legacy of Chinese in America.

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Motivation Monday

"What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.” ― BRUCE LEE.

📸: Bruce during costume fitting as the blind swordsman, wielding axe, as part of Run Run Shaw and Golden Harvest test photos for Dragon of Jade; c. 1971-72.
From the @BRUCELEEFOUNDATION archives.

This original photograph is part of the memorabilia collection donated to the WE ARE BRUCE LEE: UNDER THE SKY, ONE FAMILY exhibition currently on view at CHSA Museum.

For ticket information, visit CHSA.org.
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This #GivingTuesday, support CHSA’s education, engagement, and enlightenment.

CHSA is proud to cultivate genuine and authentic storytelling surrounding the generations of contributions and experiences of the Chinese in America. Producing everything from book talks and historical discussions to partnership events and community festivals to state-of-the-art walking tours and archival preservation, CHSA will continue to lead the way in preserving and presenting meaningful content surrounding the Chinese American narrative.

Your donations and generosity will ensure that many more generations will learn about, interact with, and be inspired by our community.

For more ways to support CHSA this Giving Tuesday, visit link in bio or CHSA.org.
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Happy 83rd Birthday, Bruce Lee

"The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being.” ― BRUCE LEE.

📸: Bruce on his birthday, with Linda in front of a birthday cake with flying man decoration; at a restaurant, during break from filming FISTS OF FURY.
From the @BRUCELEEFOUNDATION archives.

This original photograph is part of the memorabilia collection donated to the WE ARE BRUCE LEE: UNDER THE SKY, ONE FAMILY exhibition currently on view at @CHSAMuseum.

For ticket information, visit CHSA.org.
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📣 ANNOUNCEMENT!

CHSA is commemorating the 83rd birthday of San Francisco's native son with a special BRUCE LEE DAY celebration on Wednesday, November 29, 11a-4p. 

Enjoy FREE ADMISSION all day at the museum. This includes access to the landmark WE ARE BRUCE LEE exhibit, the Bruce Lee Underground art exhibit and the magnificent multimedia Be The Bridge mural. We will also have Bruce Lee contests, giveaways and more to honor this Chinese American icon. 

Stay tuned for more information or visit CHSA.org.
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NEXT STOP: NORTH BEACH!

The traveling tour of the CHSA exhibit CHINESE IN THE RICHMOND makes its next stop at the San Francisco Public Library, North Beach branch. The exhibit will be on view beginning Wednesday, NOVEMBER 1, and will temporarily reside throughout the rest of the month.

This collaboration with the Western Neighborhoods Project illuminates the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco’s Richmond District from the community’s point of view. It specifically explores the expansion of Chinese families into the western neighborhoods throughout the 20th century.

Visit CHSA to learn more about the exhibit.
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Posted @withregram • @dj_agana Celebrating Bruce Lee’s legacy on 50th anniversary of his transition home to the ancestors. Fans from around the world are gathering to the kung fu legend on the 50th anniversary of his untimely death.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” -Bruce Lee

Much respect to the mentor in crime @vogue_tdk collaboration with @icuart1 with special appearances by Shannon Lee @therealshannonlee and the stars of Warrior @thatoliviacheng and @richtingworld

Make sure your binge watch @warriornotofficial on @hbomaxes honoring the @brucelee legacy.

Make sure you check out the @wearebrucelee exhibit at the @chsamuseum in Chinatown, San Francisco.

With the behind the scenes footage with @eriktopolski and @luciskronos

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CHSA is proud to share and enjoy the cultural heritage of the autumnal season at Filoli Garden’s Harvest Days celebration. 

It’s a privilege participate in this year’s event by showcasing our display about the history and importance of the Chinese harvesting holiday, the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

Come check it out each weekend until the end of October. For more information, visit @_filoli 
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CHSA is excited to host its first-ever charity golf tournament, a fun-filled day that will foster unity and bridge communities in support of our stewardship in preserving and sharing Chinese American history.

This all-day event will be held Monday, November 13, at the Richmond Country Club.

How you can support:

✤ Register to play: Whether individually or as a foursome of friends or colleagues, you are guaranteed an uplifting day of golfing and community. All participating players will receive complimentary access to CHSA's landmark @wearebrucelee exhibition.

✤ Sponsor the tournament: We have a range of sponsorship levels, with benefits that includes# in-tournament perks plus amplification for your organization and its brand.

All registration and sponsorship proceeds will significantly contribute to our ongoing mission to educate, engage, and enlighten our community and beyond.

To register, visit link in bio.
For more info, visit CHSA.org.
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Celebrate the fall harvest at Filoli Historic House & Garden during ORCHARD DAYS, every weekend until October 29.

Located in Woodside, California, the Filoli estate serves as a vibrant landscape of the Bay Area and a cultural center dedicated to connecting its rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature and shared stories for all people. Through its educational programming it aims to honor nature, value unique experiences and appreciate beauty in everyday life. 

ORCHARD DAYS is an annual celebration of the harvest season featuring delightful foods, local musicians, and stunning fall colors and educational exhibits.

CHSA is proud to be a part of this year's ORCHARD DAYS with our display that spotlights the history and bounty of the Autumn Moon Festival holiday. 

Check out CHSA and the other cultural harvest exhibits and seasonal festivities as part of Filoli's ORCHARD DAYS. 

For more information, visit @_filoli 
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CHSA is proud to support the Sunset Chinese Cultural District’s annual Autumn Moon Festival celebration happening Saturday, October 7, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Join us on Irving Street, between 21st and 22nd Avenue, for a block of performances, activities, and community resources!

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the family-fun festivities will continue with a lantern event on the Great Highway.

Stop by our CHSA booth and say 👋 hello. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Thank you to all those who stopped by the CHSA booth at the 2023 Chinatown Autumn M🥮🥮n Festival! Grateful to share the legacy, meet so many people and continue being a part of our community’s amazing celebration.

Look for us again tomorrow!
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