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March Second Saturday at CHSA: “Chinatown in Miniature” Presentation by Artist Frank Wong

March 12, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With miniature dioramas spanning an array of different Chinatown scenes, Artist Frank Wong solidifies images of the past and shows how inhabitants of the community live.

The multiple scenes include a Chinatown herb shop, a holiday scene, a shoe shine station, and a single room occupancy hotel.

The Frank Wong Collection was acquired by CHSA in 2004, as a donation from the artist. These charming scenes are based on Wong’s own story or are derived from a historical place, person, or photograph from his experiences or that of his compatriots.

This donation consisted of seven miniatures of scenes of Chinatown. Six of the miniatures (“The Moon Festival”, “Shoeshine Stand”, “Chinese New Year”, “Chinese Laundry”, “Christmas Scene”, and “Single Room”) are on permanent display in the CHSA. The seventh miniature, “Herb Store” is on display in CHSA’s Main Gallery.

Born and raised in Chinatown, Frank Wong attended Galileo High School and became a set designer for numerous movies and plays in Hollywood. One of his most famous jobs was for “Magnum PI”. He is now retired and lives in Chinatown.*

Frank Wong has indicated that he feels that the miniatures are merely “frames” for his personal memories of growing up in San Francisco, and his memories of Chinatown businesses and personalities.

* Excerpted from Diana Siu’s essay, “Mr. Wong’s Miniatures,” published through San Francisco Public Library’s Chinatown Branch “Teenzine” program.

This event is free with paid museum admission
($5 for the general public, free for members)

Please call (415)391-1188 x101 to RSVP or with any questions


March 12, 2011
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


CHSA Museum