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Celebrate CHSA’s 51st Anniversary

November 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


We are happy to announce that we will have a full day of programs on Saturday, November 8 to celebrate our 51st Anniversary. Look forward to a dragon dance on Joice Alley and a talk by Corey Chan of Kei Lun Martial Arts about the preservation of our Chinese American culture through this traditional dance and performance. Visit the Wonderful World of Watercolor with Jake Lee at the Choy Gallery where beloved artist Jake Lee will teach you how to watercolor in two old school videos from 1983. We will also be saluting our veterans with a screening of Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin, honoring Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee and all Chinese Americans who have made contributions in the U.S. Armed Forces.


12pm – Dragon dance / Presentation about the Marysville Dragon

Corey Chan of Kei Lun Martial Arts will share images and talk about the restoration he and colleagues Ben Huey and Jeff Lee performed on an historic antique dragon from March through August 2014. This priceless treasure belongs to the Chinese Community of Marysville, California and has resided at the Bok Kai Temple—itself a living monument to the history of Chinese-Americans in our country. How did these artists complete a project in a way that would please the dragon’s owners and the Museum that commissioned the restoration while remaining true to their own artistic integrity and the original creator’s vision?

(The Marysville Dragon is currently on view at the New York Historical Society Museum as part of their new exhibit “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” through April 2015.)

1:30pm – Live music by Francis Wong & friends / Birthday cake-cutting

2:30pm – Film screening: Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin about Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee

On the occasion of Veteran’s Day, and to salute our nation’s veterans, the CHSA Museum is proud to screen the Smithsonian’s 2010 documentary Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin profiling the late Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee.

In 1950, he led five hundred Marines through a blizzard to save eight thousand more from certain capture. But his greatest victory may have been changing the way our country regards Asian Americans. Meet Lt. Chew-Een Lee, whose patriotism and bravery ushered in a new era in the Marines…and in America.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, whose uncle is Major Kurt Lee, will be joining us prior to the film screening. We will also be joined by Roger Dong of American Legion Cathay Post 384, a U.S. Veterans organization based in San Francisco.

For more information about Uncommon Courage, please visit the Smithsonian Channel’s page


November 8, 2014
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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