From the Executive Director
Spring is finally here!

As the weather is getting better and better, people are taking advantage of it. We have received over 750 visitors in April alone, thanks to the warmer weather, more exposure of our new exhibitions, The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America and Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental on social media, and our heart-warming film screening of MY ODYSSEY - BETWEEN TWO WORLDS .

While we are busy preparing for our benefit dinner on May 4th, we are putting together another film screening event, CANTON ARMY IN THE HIGH SIERRAS, which will be held on May 25th to continue paying tribute to Chinese workers’ contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad. Please come and join us for both events.

Looking ahead, there are more exciting events coming. I hope you will continue to support us along the way. If you are not already a member, please consider joining as a member. Your generosity has enabled us to provide quality programming throughout the years.
Past and Upcoming Events
A huge thank you to Raymond Douglas Chong for his very personal story - MY ODYSSEY - BETWEEN TWO WORLDS.

Raymond Douglas Chong did an interview with Coco Qiu, news reporter of Sinovision, about “My Odyssey – Between Two Worlds” at Chinese American Museum of Chicago on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

See the Interview and more Photos.
18th Benefit Dinner
Our 18th Benefit Dinner is this Saturday. The theme this year is Echoes from the Past, Voices for the Future: Remembering Chinese Railroad Workers during the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike.

You will not want to miss our special musical performance by three esteemed musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Join us for performances, lively conversation, authentic Chinese food, cash bar, and raffle.

The Museum relies solely on sponsorships, donations, fundraisers, and memberships to fund exhibitions and offer programs that tell the stories of Chinese American history and experiences. If you are unable to join us, a donation would be much appreciated ( there is a donation option on the Eventbrite page after you clicked the Tickets button).
The Chinese American Museum of Chicago invites you to an encore program in conjunction with our current exhibitions, The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America and Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, which began March 2, 2019, to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in Utah.

This program will include a screening of CANTON ARMY IN THE HIGH SIERRAS: Chinese workers build America's first transcontinental railroad (1863-1869), a presentation on Chinese contribution in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on Chinese immigration and migration, and a special slideshow from the 150th Golden Spike Conference in Utah.
You are invited to a screening of REUNIFICATION from filmmaker Alvin Tsang, in which for 17 years the filmmaker confronts memories of migration and his once intact family. Alvin will attend in person for a Q&A after the screening.

Filmed over a 17-year period, director Alvin Tsang reflects on his family’s migration from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s – fraught with betrayal from his parents’ divorce, economic strife and communication meltdown between parents and children. This poetic exploration moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kong’s colonial trajectories.

Winner of Special Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

See the trailer here.
Museum News
Chicago Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot and 25th Ward Alderman-Elect Byron Sigcho-Lopez visited Chinatown
Chinese American Civic Council 2019 Chinese New Year/Spring Festival Celebration
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Board Member David K. Lee visits Golden Spike National Historic Site
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Share Your Story
Are you, or do you know someone who is, a descendant of a Chinese railroad worker who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad? We’re looking to collect oral histories from Chinese Railroad Workers’ descendants in the Midwest. Email us:‬
About Us
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.