Dear Friends,

Thank you for your generous support this past year! We invite you now to participate in our 2012 year-end campaign with a gift of $1,000 or more to our 2012 Annual Fund Campaign. As you know the current economic environment has continued to pose challenges to community-based organizations such as CHSA. While this year was a tremendous success in promoting the broad visibility of Chinese Americans locally and nationally, CHSA, like other non-profit organizations, is facing an end of the year shortfall. Your contribution at this time would help us close the gap and allow us to begin 2013 – our 50th Anniversary Year – with new initiatives during this period of unprecedented opportunities for the telling of the remarkable story of the Chinese American experience.

2012 has been a truly exciting year with the passage by the US House of Representatives of H. Res. 683, which expresses regret for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first immigration law targeting a specific nationality. With Senate Resolution SR201, H. Res. 683 represents the fourth time Congress has apologized since 1988. CHSA played a key role in creating this historic moment, launching its Remembering 1882 public awareness campaign over five years ago. In the coming year we hope to make the most of this significant opportunity to share this story.

Two other highlights this past year were:

  • Collaborating with the Israel Consulate to show the exhibition On the Wings of the Phoenix: Dr. Feng Shan Ho & the Rescue of the Austrian Jews. We were honored to host the exhibit and to have Dr. Ho’s daughter Manli Ho speak at several events sharing this powerful story. The opening reception was attended by over 300 guests including the Israeli Ambassador, the Consulate Generals of Israel and China, and Mayor Ed Lee.
  • Supporting the launch of Phil Choy’s new book San Francisco Chinatown. This landmark book, published by the North Beach-based City Lights Books, adds to our grand historian’s collection of writings, sharing the rich body of information about our community. In addition to the launch at the CHSA Museum in September, Phil has made several appearances around the City, garnering wonderful media notice.

This is no ordinary time for you to continue your commitment to CHSA as the visibility and achievement of Chinese Americans has reached unprecedented heights. Today, there is more opportunity than ever to share the momentous struggle of Chinese Americans to build a thriving and vital community.

Please send your gift today. All contributions are tax deductible (federal tax ID # 94-6122446). Please contact us with any questions at (415) 391-1188 x 101 or Thank you!


Sue Lee
Executive Director
Barre Fong
CHSA Board President

P.S. In 2013, CHSA will celebrate the 50th year anniversary of its founding. To mark this significant benchmark, we will unveil a 50th Anniversary Donor Wall in the Museum’s main gallery. Please call or visit our website for more information.

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