Current Community Programs
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 advanced speaker or just want to learn Mandarin for fun, Kathy has an activity and lesson for you. Learn more about upcoming events and find free resources.
Interested learners can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: MandoMeet for more information.
Engage with the CHSA community by discussing topics and issues that impact the Chinese American community, as well as how the community is dealing with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about upcoming discussions.
Improve your Cantonese skills with CHSA and linguist Patrick Chew, and build community. Cantonese speakers of all abilities and levels are welcomed. Learn more about our next event and free resources.
Note: CantoMeet is on a pause at the moment. We will contact CantoMeet members when lessons resume.
Past Community Programs
CHSA’s Book Club
Join CHSA’s Book Club! 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 at CHSA’s Bookstore!
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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.
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. Learn More.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.