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May 2021

Celestials: A Special Film Premiere and Discussion

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online San Francisco, CA United States

During the late 19th century, the term ‘celestial’ was used as a pejorative term to insult Chinese immigrants and laborers. Ironically, while there was discrimination towards Chinese workers in the United States, American developers still depended upon the work of Chinese immigrants, particularly when it came to the building of the transcontinental railroad. The documentary film Celestials showcases six years of collaboration with Stanford University and CHSA to explore the lives of the Chinese railroad workers who built the transcontinental…

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Community Roundtable: Asian American/Pacific Islander History Month

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online San Francisco, CA United States

Even though the CHSA Museum may be physically closed, we hope to keep the community united during the time apart through our online, roundtable discussions. We will be hosting online roundtables on the second Wednesdays of the month. This month's topic will focus on Asian American/Pacific Islander History Month. Join us for a discussion of our shared history and how we remember, preserve, and celebrate it.  Interested in joining? Click here to register!  Participation: This is an interactive event. We…

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How Do Chinese Americans Fit In? The Outlook for Civil Rights

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online San Francisco, CA United States

In his critically acclaimed book Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, author and president of Queens College, City University of New York, Frank H. Wu argues for a new paradigm of civil rights while challenging the damaging stereotypes of the model minority myth and perpetual foreigner syndrome. His work has become canon in Asian American Studies. In the aftermath of shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and the growing rise of anti-Asian violence, Frank H. Wu continues to challenge the…

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June 2021

The Living Legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 21st Century

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online San Francisco, CA United States

Join CHSA for a presentation by Harvard's Jonathan Alloy as he shares his research on the contemporary legacy of the 1882 Exclusion Act. The horrific attacks on Asian-Americans during the COVID pandemic are in part a legacy of America’s first laws of ethnic discrimination. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, by setting Chinese-Americans apart as forever “other,” did far more damage to the rights of immigrants to America than popularly understood. The Exclusion Act and its related court cases set…

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July 2021

Through An Asian Gaze, Briefly: The Kim Loo Sisters

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

                    The Kim Loo Sisters were a Chinese American jazz vocal quartet popular in the 1930s and '40s and the first Asian American act to star in Broadway musical revues. As youngsters, the four sisters cut their teeth in kiddie revues in their hometown of Minneapolis and performed as a family act in vaudeville theaters across the country. They lit up the Broadway stage and the Hollywood screen during the Second…

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