Rise up & build community this May
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This May, celebrate APA Heritage Month & strengthen our communities. Here’s how:

This Saturday: Rally for Inclusion in SF Chinatown & #fightexclusion

May 6, 2017 — NOON at Portsmouth Square

May 6th is the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. We call on everyone to take a stand against anti-immigrant and refugee policies and turn out for the Rally for Inclusion! Mark this important anniversary and fight the new Exclusion with a pan-Asian alliance of over 30 community organizations.
Here are other ways to #fightexclusion:

May 13: Discover the story of American aviator Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at CHSA Learning Center
The documentary film AVIATRIX tells the story of Katherine Sui Fun Cheung; in the 1930s, she refused to be denied the opportunity to fly an airplane. Defying racial prejudices & gender biases, she earned her pilot's license, and joined the Ninety-Nines, an all-women pilot's club whose members included Amelia Earhart. Plus don't miss the Q&A with director & award-winning journalist Ed Moy.

May 18: Build community at CHSA After Hours! Sponsorship opportunities available

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6-8:30pm at CHSA
Join CHSA for a fun night at the museum and celebrate APA Heritage Month! We're opening our doors late for all to relax, enjoy food and drinks, explore our galleries and mingle while supporting a great cause.

This event is open to people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests to provide a forum for conversation and innovative idea generation among community-minded individuals. Featuring refreshments from local vendors, art making, raffles, community engagement, and more!

Ready to do more? Become an event sponsor & make a difference while reaping the benefits!
RSVP for After Hours

Exhibitions now on view:

May 1–31, 2017

Remembering 1882 exhibit at SF City Hall

The 10th anniversary edition of CHSA’s Remembering 1882 exhibit is now on view at SF City Hall's South Light Court. Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Chinese Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968. Details at >

New at CHSA: Free docent tours for Chinese American: Exclusion Inclusion

CHSA now offers free docent tours (with museum admission) every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 12pm. No appointment required! Go in-depth into our exhibit with our helpful & informative staff. (Advance notice required for groups of 10 or more: 415-391-1188 x101)

The Architecture of San Francisco's Chinatown

Now on view at CHSA, this exhibit explores the striking architecture of Chinatown from its beginnings in the mid-19th century, through the rebuilding following the Great Earthquake & Fire of 1906, to its presence as one of the country’s most vibrant and enduring neighborhoods. Dedicated in memory of Philip Choy, who developed this exhibit.
Join CHSA to Fight the New Exclusion:
Share with @chsamuseum how you #fightexclusion
Contribute $5 to #fightexclusion so that we don't repeat history!

Community Events



(Featuring Frank Wong's Chinatown miniatures, as seen in CHSA's gallery)

National Premieres: May 8 @ 9p ET (East)
and 11p PT (West) 
on WORLD Channel’s “Local, USA”
Streaming: May 9 - June 7 @

Frank Wong has spent the past four decades creating extraordinary, miniature dioramas of the Chinatown he remembers from his youth. His replicas are a portal into a long-ago San Francisco, a time when life was difficult for many in the Chinese American community. FOREVER CHINATOWN is a meditation on memory, community and one man’s artistic legacy.
On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, the SF Guzheng Music Society will dedicate their annual concert in memory of Phil Choy. The concert, which was co-developed with Phil Choy, is titled "Our Story: a multi-media presentation of the Chinese American Journey," will integrate historical photographs and narrations of early Chinese American immigration challenges with music accompaniment. 

Tickets at, or email Anna Wong at for details.
Through the Lens of Adoption: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
Saturday, June 1, 12:30-3:30pm at CHSA

Since 1992, U.S. families have adopted over 76,000 Chinese children. How does adoption fit into Chinese American history and the experience of inclusion and exclusion? Join the Adoption Museum Project for an intimate and dynamic program that explores CHSA's exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, through the lens of adoption. There is a $10 fee for museum admission. Space is limited to 15 people so RSVP is required. To learn more and RSVP:

Melody of China and Swapan Chaudhuri and the Ali Akbar College of Music present

Gallery 308 at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
For tickets, please visit

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