February  2018

The 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month  marks the  end of the Chinese New Year Spring Festival  period. It is the first night to see the full moon, enjoy the family reunion, appreciate the bright full moon, and eat Yuanxiao!

Executive Director's Corner

Spring is in the air!

We've had a very busy month in February! Check out the highlights in this newsletter and watch out for more exciting events coming up.

We had a couple of setbacks due to the weather, but we soldiered on (pun intended, given our "Return of the Warriors" exhibition in collaboration with the Field Museum). We've had over 500 visitors come through our door to see the five concurrent exhibitions just in February!

We at the Museum are always grateful for your support. We cannot put together the programming that we offer without our sponsors, donors, and members. If you are not already a member, please consider joining as a member.
Monthly Spotlight

Each month we feature a board member, staff member, or volunteer in our Monthly Spotlight segment. This month, we present staff member Jerry Zou.

Jerry Zou serves as the Museum's Executive Assistant. He graduated early august 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a major in Public Administration. Jerry's professional training of accounting, management, and operation of non-profit organization prepared him for his current role at the Museum. Jerry is indispensable to the Museum's daily operations and performs a wide variety of functions, including assisting with financial expenses, managing tours and customer relations, and organizing museum related events.

We asked Jerry what his favorite part about working at the Museum is:
"I love the opportunity to help the community foster a greater understanding of Chinese immigration history and the fantastic work environment that makes me happy and excited to come to work everyday."
Past and Upcoming Events
February 2018
Return of the Warriors

We were excited about this partnership with the Chicago Field Museum. We hosted three amazing events during the exhibition: Open Night (we had to cancel due to the weather), Evolving Feast, and Scientist Spotlight. We explored the Chinese history with field museum experts, enjoyed authentic Chinese food and shared the behind the scenes perspective.

Evolving Feast

It took millions of years for food to reach your plate, but how and why did it happen? We learned the theory and also tested it through experiment- delicious Chinese food.

Scientist Spotlight

The closing event of return of the warriors, amazing demonstration by Dough Figurine Artist Liu Jie and Puppeteer Jin Yan from China.

Check out the puppet show!
The Chinese Exclusion Act

We are glad to see more and more people become interested in Chinese American history, and we have more documentary screening coming.

Chinese New Year Celebration

The festival has a history of over 3,000 years. Celebrations on lunar New Year's Day and this year we had over a hundred people came to join our reunion dinner to celebrate the year of dog, for those of you couldn't make it to the celebration, we live streamed on Facebook to share the happiness.

March 2018  

Come join us for a night of games and foods from around the world at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (4740 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) 
Saturday, March 31, 1-9 pm.

We will be there 1-5 pm to demonstrate traditional Chinese game like mahjong, weiqi, and xiangqi! Come learn a new game or pit yourself against our masters!

Stroll through game stations while sampling German, Greek, Chinese, and Haitian food, then top off the evening with your own icy custom creation at the sundae bar. 

>$5.00 suggested donation at the door
>Food & drink available for purchase
>Free parking at MB Financial Bank lot after 12:00pm (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

Screening of "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"


The Museum is pleased to present a screening of "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (date to be confirmed): "A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis." The film is a  2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook to get the ticket once it's available! 
Museum News

Chinese New Year Celebration at Jewel-Osco

The Museum is pleased to have been invited to participate in two Chinese New Year celebrations hosted by Jewel-Osco. We were at both events (Arlington Heights and Uptown) to welcome the Year of the Dog! Shoppers were treated to  lion dance, Chinese music, Chinese calligraphy, tangrams, and arts and crafts!

Check out the lion dance and more photos!

The Warriors Have Arrived!
The Chinatown Museum Foundation Board was very happy to have the warriors stand guard during one of the board meetings. (L to R): Warrior #1, Ed Jung, Arthur Rubalcaba, Mabel Menard, Soo Lon Moy, Rich Frachey, Grace Chun, Swee Cheng, Mark Chiang, Warrior #2). David Lee was not in p erson, but he attended by phone.

Visit by Minister of Overseas Chinese Affairs 
It's an honor we had Qiu Yuanping, Minister of Overseas Chinese Affairs- Office of the State Council, come to visit the museum this Friday.

Check out the  video!

2018 Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Check out the live stream!

May Fundraising Dinner
We are now accepting sponsorships and ad orders for our May fundraising dinner, to be held May 19, 2018 at New Furama Restaurant at 2828 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago. Proceeds will go towards bringing quality programming that tells the story of Chinese American experiences.

Noteworthy programs on the 2018 schedule include:
a) Screening of "Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese" (past)
b) Screening of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" (past)
c) Screening of "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
d) Screening of "Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story"
e) Screening of "Journey of a Paper Son"
f) Screening of "Finding Samuel Lowe"

Each screening includes in-person appearance by the filmmaker or film subjects or individuals involved in the making of the film.

Since we rely on sponsorships, donations, and memberships to offer these programs free to the public, your support is crucial to us. Please consider becoming our 2018 dinner sponsor!

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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