CHSA presents regular programming exploring experiences of Chinese in America:
Chinese American: Health Legacy Series
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion (CAEI) is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about the experience of Chinese in America to date. CAEI immerses visitors in a broad sweep of history, including the impact that health and drug policies had on Chinese populations in China and the United States. This important aspect of Chinese exclusion needs to be explored more broadly and we have created ongoing programming that highlights the health legacies of Chinese exclusion whether its state-sponsored detention of immigrants (that requires immigrants be medically inspected) to the development of Chinese American foodways. Our goal is to showcase the multilayered impact that Chinese exclusion had and continues to have on Chinese American communities and the larger American society.
CHSA’s Book Club
Join CHSA’s book club meeting! Once a month, we will read and discuss books such as Edmund Wong’s Growing Up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Russell Low’s Three Coins. You can find these books in your local library or purchase it at CHSA’s Bookstore! Check out our next book club reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.
While this is a free event, a $5 donation is suggested so that CHSA may continue provide free programming.
Interested in improving your Cantonese language abilities? Come to CHSA, work with linguist Patrick Chew, and build community. We welcome Cantonese speakers of all abilities. While this is a free event, a $5 donation is suggested so that CHSA may continue provide free programming.
Interested in learning Mandarin language abilities? CHSA & educator Kathy Yang invite Mandarin learners of all levels and abilities to attend our monthly Mandarin meetings! Whether you are an advance speaker or just want to learn Mandarin for fun, Kathy has an activity and lesson for you. While this is a free event, a $5 donation is suggested so that CHSA may continue provide free programming.
Brown Bag Lunch Program Series
Bring your lunch to CHSA for some afternoon entertainment. Check back soon for more information about our next Brown Bag Program! This event is free with museum admission.
Towards Equality Women Artists Series
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. CHSA’s exhibition Towards Equality: California’s Chinese American Women highlights their accomplishments in education, politics, finance, business, and their pivotal role as matriarchs. 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, including a program series led by local women artists exploring personal and family history through art.
Mayor Ed Lee Documentary Film Screenings
The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) is proud to present the documentary film Mayor Ed Lee, directed by Rick Quan, which chronicles, documents, and preserves the memory of Ed Lee for future generations. Discover the life and character of this seemingly ordinary man, the son of working-class immigrants who grew up in Seattle’s public housing, became a San Francisco Chinatown lawyer, champion of civil rights and equal opportunity, and the first Chinese American mayor of a major U.S. city.