Women have played a vital role in the course of human civilization, but much of their accomplishments and contributions have been excluded from history. Throughout California’s history, Chinese American women have contributed to the economy of our state. The Chinese Historical Society of America’s new exhibition Towards Equality: California’s Chinese American Women highlights their accomplishments in education, politics, finance, business, and their pivotal role as matriarchs. The exhibit is on view at CHSA from December 1, 2018 – June 2, 2019.
Towards Equality: California’s Chinese American Women will inform San Francisco Bay Area residents, with an emphasis on school-age children, as well as visitors about the history of Chinese American pioneer women in California, and their effect and impact on the Chinese family, California economy and the community-at-large.
Lectures, cultural performances, educational programs and panel discussions in connection with the exhibition will be presented at CHSA and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Scheduled programs & events (more events to be announced soon):
- November 30, 2018, 3:30-6:30pm: Members & VIP Preview Reception
- December 1, 2018: Exhibit on view at the Chinese Historical Society of America
Towards Equality Women Artists Series
A workshop series led by local women artists exploring personal and family history through art
- “Stories in Motion” – November 10, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 pm | event info >
Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director Lenora Lee will engage participants’ personal stories through movement, writing, theater, and video exercises.
- “Family History as Graphic Novel” – December 8, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm | event info >
Inspired by Amy Chin’s “Meet the Chin Family” graphic novel in our main exhibition, local artist Katie Quan will facilitate a two-hour workshop where participants will have the opportunity to draw their family history as graphic novels.
- “Hannah Hsieh’s Dulcimer Recital” – January 12, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 pm | event info >
Taiwanese performer and composer Hannah Hsieh will showcase the musical diversity of the dulcimer, playing select songs from Chinese and American cultures while premiering her own compositions based on her experiences in California.
- “Stepping into Your Story” – February 16, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm | event info >
Mixed-media artist Cynthia Tom will guide participants through this experiential workshop using intuitive art-making techniques to access participants’ inner stories.
Traveling exhibition & curriculum guide
After May 2019, the exhibition will be made available for loan to universities, libraries and community groups to reach beyond the audiences of San Francisco. The exhibition will include a curriculum guide that meets Common Core State Standards for K-12 educators to teach about the exhibition’s content.
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