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(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.) — California Humanities has recently announced the 2019 Humanities For All Project Grant awards. CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA has been awarded $5,000 for its project entitled “Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in World War II.”

The Humanities For All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities which supports locally-developed projects that respond to the needs, interests and concerns of Californians, provide accessible learning experiences for the public, and promote understanding among our state’s diverse population.

“Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in World War II,” is a two-day symposium on November 2 and 3, 2019 that explores Chinese Americans’ involvement in World War II. The symposium is free for Active Military, Veterans, and Immediate Family and discounted for CHSA Members. Unless otherwise indicated, tickets are required for the symposium programs and exhibition. The companion exhibition “Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI” is currently on view at CHSA through August 2020. 

On the first day of the symposium, Saturday, November 2nd, 9am-4pm, panel sessions led by historians and veterans will cover topics of service before 1941, during WWII, the homefront, and the legacies of service. The program will be held at Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.

The second day, Sunday, November 3rd, 10:30am-2pm, will include a Memorial Rededication at St. Mary’s Square, 651 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. This portion of the symposium is a free program. We will then continue with the day’s program at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 651 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108 for lunch, remarks from American Legion Cathay Post 384, updates on the Congressional Gold Medals honoring and celebrating the military service of Chinese American World War II veterans, and a trailer film screening of “We Served with Pride.” The day will end with a viewing of “Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI” exhibition at Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108; Museum opens until 4pm. 

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate these grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

California Humanities promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit, or follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. When founded in 1963, there were fewer than 250,000 people of Chinese descent living in the U.S. and CHSA was a lone voice for the study and dissemination of the history of this segment of the U.S. population. Today, as the number of Chinese in the U.S. has risen to nearly 5 million, CHSA strives to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of this rapidly growing and increasingly visible community. 

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