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 health issues that have particular impact on Asian American communities, and the influence that Chinese exclusion had and continues to have on Chinese American communities and the larger American society.
Programs in the series:
Chan Family Picnic Reading by Eugenie Chan Theater Projects
December 4, 2019 | details & tickets
Eugenie Chan Theater Projects and the Chinese Historical Society of America invite you to a reading of Chan Family Picnic, a rollicking new vaudeville about the mental health impact of America’s legacy of anti-Asian legislation and sex trafficking on three generations of the playwright’s Chinese American family. Chan layers original material with actual family documents to explore the world Chan’s Grandfather and great-uncle knew-and made-one of high hopes and hard choices.
Past+Present: Hep B in Asian America
August 17, 2019 | details & tickets
Stuart Fong and Richard So from SF Hep B Free will come to discuss the history of Hep B in Asia and the United States, with a special focus on the disease’s social stigmas and health effects on the Asian American community writ large. Additionally they will showcase SF Hep B Free’s historic work in the Bay Area during the last 10 years and screen their film Be About It.
Past+Present: Tobacco in Chinatown
July 13, 2019 | details
Rod Lew, Founder and Executive Director of APPEAL (Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership), will present on the demographic trends and current policies regarding tobacco use and e-cigarettes among Asian/Asian American communities. Representatives from NICOS Chinese Health Coalition—Rita Huang and Andrea Zhou—will discuss their recent findings about the local Chinese/Asian American populations’ use, perceptions, and attitudes towards tobacco/e-cigarettes.
Black Death at the Golden Gate: Book Talk with David Randall
May 15, 2019 | details & tickets
Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague chronicles the story of how bubonic plague emerged in San Francisco and the race by doctors and Chinese immigrants to contain the disease before it spread to the country at large, all the while battling a racist mayor and governor who refused to believe that white citizens of the city could be in any danger of contracting an “Asian” disease. David Randall will come to CHSA to discuss his research and books will be available for purchase.
Past+Present: American Detention Activities Then & Now
October 27, 2018 | details
Immigrant Rights Program Manager Amy Lin will discuss Asian-Pacific Islander migration to the US and the current detention-deportation pipeline. She will review the present administration’s operation to deport Cambodian refugees and the work that the Chinese for Affirmative Action office is doing to highlight the longstanding violation of rights and dignity of those who were impacted by US-led violence. After the talk, guests will be invited to a highlight tour of the exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, featuring the experiences of Chinese immigrants who faced detention and deportation policies.
Tables From the Rubble: Book talk with Denise Clifton & owners of Sam Wo
September 22, 2018 | details
Tables From The Rubble transports readers to San Francisco in the years just after the 1906 earthquake, when restaurants rose to feed the hungry and lead the city’s recovery. Author Denise Clifton will share pictures and stories of the restaurants that came out of the ruins – and highlight a few that still offer food and drinks with a direct link to the city’s century-old past. She will be joined by members of the Ho family, who will share a bit about what it takes to keep Sam Wo’s legacy thriving in Chinatown. The talk will include a little taste from Sam Wo, and books will be available for purchase.
From Mothers to Mothers—preserving centuries of postpartum wisdom
April 7, 2018 | details
From Mothers to Mothers is an undergraduate student project based at UC Berkeley that initially focused on the postpartum recipes of immigrant and refugee Asian American Pacific Islander women. The group successfully published in April 2017, a well-received multicultural and multilingual recipe book that features postpartum recipes written in Korean, H’mong, Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog and translated into English. This event is presented by Dr. Marilyn Wong and the UC Berkeley Mothers to Mothers Cultural Ambassadors, and features a unique food tasting of the quintessential Cantonese postpartum dish of ginger-vinegar-pig-feet-and-eggs.
Related programs in the community:
140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother—Performance by Susan Lieu
May 11–12, 2019 at CAAMFest37, New People Cinema | May 15-18, 2019 at The Marsh
Vietnamese-Chinese American performance artist Susan Lieu’s San Francisco premiere of her autobiographical solo show, 140 LBS: HOW BEAUTY KILLED MY MOTHER at CAAMFest37 and The Marsh. Award-winning playwright and activist Susan Lieu brings to light the tragic story of her mother’s unexpected death. Susan uncovers the painful truth of her mother, herself, and the impossible ideal of Vietnamese feminine beauty. Susan was 11 years old when her mother died of plastic surgery malpractice in San Francisco. 18 years and two Ivy League degrees later, she’s finally ready to avenge her mother’s death. The show also has several through lines: the multi-generational Vietnamese immigrant experience; body insecurity and shame; repression and subsequent examination of personal loss; lack of accountability in the medical system. Written, performed and produced by Susan Lieu. Directed by Sara Porkalob. Featured on NPR, The Seattle Times, KING5 News, Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle Weekly, International Examiner, Seattle Globalist, diaCritics and The Stranger.