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

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 […]

Through An Asian Gaze, Briefly: The Kim Loo Sisters

                    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 […]

“Vinyl from the Vault” listening party

Join CHSA on a virtual audio tour of CHSA's collection of vinyl records to experience the ways in which racism saturates every aspect of American life, including popular music! Sound is just as powerful a visual medium in how we contextualize, understand and engage with other people, and we often forget how sound impacts us. […]

Mr. Chinatown: The Legacy of H.K. Wong

Join a virtual fireside chat with Wesley Wong and his co-author Catherine Lenox as they talk about their collaborative book, Mr. Chinatown: The Legacy of H.K. Wong. The discussion will cover H.K.'s life story and his contributions to Chinatown, San Francisco, and the State of California, as well as his co-founding of the CHSA, his […]

Artist Talk: Twin Walls & Macro Waves

Join CHSA for an artist talk with the creative souls behind the artwork that will be featured in CHSA’s upcoming We Are Bruce Lee exhibition. RSVP here  This Labor Day weekend, we explore the journey of this amazing creative work in a discussion moderated by CHSA Executive Director Justin Hoover. We will be joined by […]

The Chinatown Files Documentary—a History Repeated Part I

Join CHSA for a screening of the Chinatown Files (2001), followed by a Q&A with its Director Amy Chen, and Professor Emeritus Ling-Chi Wang. This documentary explores the legacy of McCarthyism on the Chinese American community. Chinese American men and women who were hunted down, jailed, and targeted for deportation speak for the first time about […]

The Chinatown Files Documentary—a History Repeated Part II

Join CHSA for a panel presentation and discussion on the Cold War repression on the Mun Ching (Chinese American Democratic Youth League). This panel talk will be about the McCarthy-Cold War repression during the 1950s and 1960s on the Mun Ching, a San Francisco Chinatown based organization also known as the Chinese American Democratic Youth […]

Pacific Crossings

Join CHSA as Capt. Robert Wells shines a light on the hardship of the trans-Pacific journey from Qing China to the United States. This CHSA presentation, told by Capt. Robert Wells, will recall the abilities of Chinese crewmembers aboard the U.S.-flagged Pacific Mail Steamships that helped ensure the safe transit of thousands of Guangdong and […]

Joy on Joice Street Fair

The Chinese Historical Society of America is partnering with community arts organization Cut Fruit Collective to host the first-ever Joy On Joice Street Fair, on Saturday, October 16, 11AM to 4PM. Joy On Joice provides space within San Francisco Chinatown to uplift Asian Pacific Islander creativity, community, and joy and invite the broader Bay Area to […]

The Tsinoy (Chinese-Filipino) Experience

Join CHSA and Bahay Tsinoy (the Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life) for a conversation on the history of the Chinese in the Philippines.   Tsinoy is the contemporary Tagalog term to refer to Filipinos of Chinese ancestry, though for centuries, Chinese peoples have migrated to the Philippines and established one of the largest overseas Chinese communities […]

Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels

Join CHSA and the authors of Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels! About this event Join CHSA and the authors of Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels to learn about the true stories of glamour, drama, and tragedy told through five generations of a Shanghai family, from the last […]

Trailblazer Award Ceremony and Fireside Conversation

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 6PM PT CHSA is excited to announce our 2021 Trailblazer Award Ceremony—an online event honoring Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of the videoconferencing software company Zoom. The CHSA Trailblazer Award recognizes influential Chinese American pioneers making significant contributions to society through innovation, inspiration, and excellence. Legendary venture capitalist Bill Tai will host a fireside conversation, with NBC Bay […]