• Picnic Parade by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow

    Though slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom’s colonies in 1834, as a leading producer of sugar, the British Empire turned to recruiting Chinese, Indian, Irish, Germans, and freed African slaves, among others, to replace the outlawed slave system. The year 1854 saw an influx of Chinese immigration into Jamaica. As Chinese continued to arrive, Chinese-Jamaican communities grew. Today, there are an estimated 76,000 Chinese Jamaicans in a country with a population of just under three million.  Artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow was born in Manchester, Jamaica, to a Chinese-Jamaican father and an Afro-Jamaican mother. The African diaspora, European colonialism, and Chinese… [Continue Reading]

    Picnic Parade by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
  • Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion-Era Photographs

    Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion-Era Photographs — a collaboration with the California Historical Society Introducing: The Cooper Chow Collection of Exclusion-Era Photographs Nineteenth-century depictions of Chinese Californians ranged from deeply derogatory imagery to exoticized and racialized works of art. CHSA’s Chinese Pioneers exhibition examines the visual record as a means for considering how culture influenced, aligned with, and diverged from the politics of Exclusion and the actions of the state. The new medium of photography played a particularly potent role in both Chinese people’s interaction with mainstream culture—in photography studios and in the art world—and in the government’s… [Continue Reading]

    Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion-Era Photographs
  • Internships

    You can check out our internship descriptions to help prepare for your application. The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) internship program provides work experience in the oldest organization dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. CHSA seeks dedicated students of all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about Chinese American history, cultural organizations, and/or community building. The objective of the CHSA internship program is to provide students with experience and opportunities to learn more about Chinese American history and the museum field. The internship… [Continue Reading]

  • Chinese in the Richmond Interviews

    From October 2020 through June 2021, Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) conducted 25 oral history interviews via Zoom for Chinese in the Richmond. Each interview includes a transcript summary by CHSA and an expanded adaptation of that transcript summary by WNP that places individual stories within the broader context of the neighborhood. These adaptations are not verbatim. We will regularly add new histories to this page. Follow CHSA and Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest additions. CHSA: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter WNP: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter Chinese in the Richmond… [Continue Reading]

    Chinese in the Richmond Interviews

About CHSA

Founded in 1963, the Chinese Historical Society of America promotes the contributions and legacy of the Chinese in America through its exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs in the Museum and Learning Center. We are housed in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco. Learn more →