Monthly Newsletter | AUGUST 2019

| August Highlights |


August is full of great stories, and thank you for your sincere sharing. All your stories have become precious history and the stories need to be shared. Thanks to the Chicago History Museum for bringing this wonderful project, which uncovers patterns and differences of our experiences across the country. Check out Your Story, Our Story Stories here. We will participate in the Share Stories event at the Chicago History Museum on September 17, 2019, featuring a pop-up exhibit of selected stories.

We are honored to co-host with Ada Cheng this memorable event. The stories brought us laughter and tears and truly connected people together. Thanks to all the story tellers for the great performances, including Soultree Cambanationofthang, Jitesh Jaggi, Janki Mody, Freddy-May AbiSamra, Ben Lau, Andy Guokai Li, Rebecca Ozaki, Huy Nguyen and Mickael Van.

Watch Talk Stories videos here
August was a meaningful month with lots of great stories to tell and share! 

I was born in the month of August so you know my zodiac sign is Leo! Someone who claimed to be familiar with horoscope told me a few months ago that I would have a chance in my birth month to step out into the spotlight and grab the microphone. I thought that person was just kidding.

In fact, I did grab a microphone and share my immigration story with other people - Not once, but twice. The YOUR STORY OUR STORY co-hosted with Julius Jones and Megan Clark of Chicago History Museum gave us an opportunity to tell our story around a picture or an object that means a lot to us. 

The TALK STORIES organized by Ada Cheng and Randy Kim let us share our very own immigrant story with the audience as well as other story tellers. I was honored to be one of the presenters. The feedback from the audience of TALK STORIES was outstanding!

We have more exciting events coming! I would like to remind you that our Mid-Autumn Festival celebration will be held in Set In Stone Park on September 14, 2019. It is one day after the Mid-Autumn Festival but we can still “pursue the moon” together. Please make sure you register through a link below in this newsletter if you don’t want to miss the event which is good for the whole family to participate in. 

We also have a screening of MAKING TIES: THE CANGDONG VILLAGE PROJECT and a book talk by Gordon Chin on BUILDING COMMUNITY, CHINATOWN STYLE in September. Don’t miss them! Please check below for more information.
| Monthly Spotlight |
Our new team member - Stephen Cheng

Welcome to our new team member Stephen Cheng!

Stephen serves as the Guest Service Associate, and he is a wonderful docent and story teller. His knowledge of Chinese American history and his passion of different cultures impressed all of our visitors. He also shared his immigration story at the YOUR STORY OUR STORY workshop. Check out our Facebook page for his story.

When asked what impressed him most about the exhibits in our Museum:

"I would say the current exhibition about the Chinese railroad workers impressed me the most. I was an immigrant many years ago so when I learned about the hardship of the Chinese railroad workers, the coolie, and those who come to this country in those days as laborers doing hard and dangerous work, I could feel their pain and loneliness."

| Upcoming Events |
Mid-Autumn Festival
Sat, September 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with us! Enjoy traditional Chinese music, storytelling of Chinese legend, lantern making, and mooncakes!

This event is done in partnership through the Roots & Routes Initiative with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks Program, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and The Field Museum.

This event is outdoors, family-friendly, free, and open to the public.
Event location: 607-647 East 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616
Screening + Presentation:
Sun, September 15, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We are pleased to co-present with  Center for Railroad Photography & Art this screening and presentation by Barre Fong.

The project exemplifies the possibilities of transnational and interdisciplinary research, involving historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, folklife specialists, botanists, and zoologists from the United States and China as well as members of the Cangdong Village community today. Learn more
Book Talk :
by Gordon Chin
Sat, September 28, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Please join us on September 28th at 2PM for “Building Community, Chinatown Style” book talk by Gordon Chin, nationally recognized community leader and activist, tells the compelling story of the rise of civic and community power in San Francisco’s Chinatown from the 1960s through the election of a Chinese American mayor in 2011. This grass roots community leadership has made San Francisco a model for community development across the country. Building Community, Chinatown Style offers an insider’s account of the community development activists and organizations that significantly shaped life in San Francisco and created long-lasting meaningful and positive social change. Learn more
Screening of OFFICE (華麗上班族)
Sat, October 5, 2019
2:00 PM

We are pleased to present a screening with  Asian Pop Up Cinema again this year! Office is a movie musical spectacular revolving around corporate maneuvering and romantic intrigue. Hong Kong legend Johnnie To delivers a biting takedown of capitalism, detailing the financial crisis following the Lehman Brothers collapse and what one company has to do to fight to stay alive - all in a lavishly detailed, wholly original musical production.
The film won the Best Art Direction in the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 52nd Golden Horse Awards.  Learn more
Thu, October 10, 2019
5:00 PM

The REPATRIATION OF CULTURAL PATRIMONY Exhibition at the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) is a collaborative project that aims to raise the awareness of pursuing the return of art or cultural heritage, often referring to ancient or looted art, to their country of origin or former owners.

Doors Open at 5 pm to Pop-Up Exhibits; Followed by Panel Discussion from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Partnering Organizations: Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC), Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC), Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, and National Hellenic Museum (NHM)
A Culinary Journey: How Chinese Workers Built the Railroad

Sat, October 12, 2019
2:oo PM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a journey back to how the Chinese built the railroad! In this interactive sensory program, learn about the healthy habits of Chinese workers who built the first transcontinental railroad system. Enjoy the food of the health conscious railroad workers through a cooking demonstration from Chef Don B. Lee. The food will also be paired with different types of Chinese tea.

We are excited to participate in Inherit Chicago Program by Chicago Cultural Alliance. Inherit Chicago is a month-long festival of intercultural art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage institutions, make sure you check out other exciting events throughout the month. Learn more

| Museum News |
Unveiling the New Gateway
The original Chinatown Gateway was designed by architect Peter Fung, and it was based on a wall in Beijing and installed in 1975. The gateway symbolized Chinatown’s revival in the 1970s after 30 years of commercial decline.

This month the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Chicago invited community leaders to unveil a newly-renovated gateway that represents the great development of Chinatown and warmest welcome to visitors around the world.
CMAA Reception
Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) celebrated the promotion of Grace Hou to be the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary with a reception on August 22nd.

Board President Soo Lon Moy, Secretary Mabel Menard, and Executive Director Ben Lau joined the celebration.

| Volunteers Wanted! |

We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form:
About Us

The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.