Winter 2017


To commemorate the 75th anniversary of its Christmas exhibit, the Museum of Science and Industry created star statues that represent diverse holiday traditions celebrated by different Chicagoans each year. The Chinese star this year is at the entry to the DANK Haus German American Culture Center, while the German star is on display at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago.
Executive Director's Corner

Hello, everyone, my name is Mabel Menard and I am the Executive Director for the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. It is a privilege for me to take on this role. 2017 is almost over, and the Museum has a lot of very exciting plans for 2018. I hope you will join me in celebrating Chinese culture and Chinese American history, especially in the Chicago area.
First, a few words about myself for those who don't know me. I have over 20 years of experience in social services and management and had been a strong supporter of the Museum's programming and fundraising efforts for a couple of years before agreeing to take on this role .
I received my Bachelor's degree and my first Master's degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and a second Master's degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While working full time in social service administration, I obtained my MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix, where I have been on the faculty at the Chicago campus since 2009.
As the Executive Director, I will focus on promoting the Museum's mission through external operations such as community relations, fundraising, programming, and education. I hope you will join me in realizing my vision to steer the Museum towards higher visibility, expansion, and sustainability.
Personnel Spotlight

Each month we will feature a board member, staff member, or volunteer in our Personnel Spotlight segment. This month, we present Board of Director Member Dr. John S. Rohsenow.

BOD member John S Rohsenow taught Linguistics and Chinese at UIC for thirty years before retiring in 2005. Many of his students were Chinese-Americans from around the Chicagoland area wanting to learn Mandarin Chinese. Founding President Dr. Chuimei Ho invited him to join the Board of Directors of the CMF, and he currently serves as Secretary "because he can edit in two languages". Professor Rohsenow also gives talks on the history of Chinese American immigration to the USA and to Chicago, and often serves as a docent at the Museum.
We asked Dr. Rohsenow how he came to teach Chinese:
" When I was growing up, our family doctor had been a China missionary. Also, I come from a Navy family and my grandparents' house was full of Chinese antiques, so I was always curious about China. I started studying Chinese in Hong Kong on my way back from a year teaching English in India, right after graduating from college, and then continued on in graduate school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while I was getting my PhD in Linguistics there."
2018 brochure is now available for download
Past and Upcoming Events
December 2017 
On December 9, 2017, the Museum held its annual holiday celebration with almost 70 people in attendance. Guests were treated to a program of Chinese and Mongolian music followed by a light networking reception. Check out our Facebook page for more photos!

January 2018 
On January 27, 2018, please join us for a screening of "Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese" followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker E. Samantha Cheng!

"The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era.

"The film's importance arises not only from its focus on an almost unknown Chinese community in the heart of the Deep South, but also from what it reveals about the immigrant experience in America. It can certainly invites discussion of some of the issues engaging the US currently." 
For more details or to RSVP, please click here . 
Museum News

On December 15, 2017, we said goodbye to Yingkai Wang, who started out as an intern and was offered a position to assist with policies and procedures. She has decided to return to China beginning of next year. 
"This is Yingkai Wang, 2017 MSHR Graduate from Loyola University Chicago. I came from Zhengzhou,China and I've been in Chicago for 2 years and 3 months. In my Junior year in college, I found myself interested in employee motivation so I decided to go further study on Human Resource Management in the US. The 2 years' study as well as intern experience make me more knowledgeable and more clear about my career path. Ideally, I'd like to become an HR Generalist to accumulate overall HR experience and then devote myself into HR Development, focusing on employee development and retention. In my opinion, the best company, from employer perspective, is the one where employees can develop themselves together with."
We wish her all the best in her career and hope she will come back to visit us in the future!
Our Mission

The mission of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is to promote the culture and history--through exhibitions, education, and research--of Chinese-Americans 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.

Please visit our website to find out more!
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago - Raymond  B. & Jean T. Lee Center
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