Thank you for your generous support over the past year! To help us close 2015 on a strong financial footing, we are writing to ask for your continued support.

Your gift will help CHSA to explore new opportunities in 2016 to further our mission: to preserve and interpret our community’s history and experiences.

With your participation, we have had a wonderfully successful 52th Anniversary Year, capped off with our spectacular “Above & Beyond Chinatown” gala event at CHSA honoring pioneering culinary visionary Cecilia Chiang, who helped introduce the American public to a fuller understanding of Chinese cuisine.

We have also continued with our ongoing project to honor and disseminate the stories of the Chinese railroad workers, building up to the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 2019. We partnered with the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University at our first “Chinese and the Iron Road” event on June 6, 2015, which brought many descendants together in grand fashion. We installed our “Voices from the Railroad” kiosk in the Museum, through which visitors can view over 20 videos we have produced about descendants and the railroad worker experience. Your financial support has helped us in this long-term campaign to gain overdue recognition for Chinese contributions to American society and to share this history with generations to come.

In addition, we have the following initiatives in store for you:

  • Open Gallery: Pop/up multimedia exhibits exploring fresh approaches to experiencing history in the future—today!
  • New Voices Series: Programs that share new narratives & new voices within the diverse Chinese American & Asian American community
  • Flex Fusion Spaces: Modernizing spaces & deploying new immersive technology for public gatherings & programs in our Julia Morgan-designed Museum and Learning Center

Please consider continuing your participation in the coming year with a gift of $1,000 or more. Of course all levels of contribution are welcome. You may designate your gift to one of the following:

  •           Donor Legacy Campaign—supports Museum general operating expenses
  •           Work of Giants Fund—honoring the history of the Chinese railroad workers
  •           New Voices Fund – supports our new programming initiatives

Recognition of gifts of $1,000 or more will be displayed in the CHSA Legacy Gallery. For $5,000 and above, donors may have an 80-character message on a window tile in the Legacy Gallery.

As we close this momentous year, we are particularly proud of CHSA’s role in bringing to light the untold stories, sacrifices, and triumphs of generations of Chinese in America. CHSA is unique as an organization where history, art, culture, and civic engagement intersect. Please join us once again in promoting awareness of this important American history.

Please send your gift today. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law (Federal tax ID # 94-6122446). Please contact us with any questions at (415) 391-1188 x 101 or Thank you!

P.S. Save the Date! Please join us for our second annual “Chinese and the Iron Road” celebration of the Chinese Railroad Workers legacy on June 4, 2016. Stay tuned for details!