From the Executive Director
June was a very exciting month!

After a very successful week-long exhibition The Chinese and the Iron Road – Building the Transcontinental at the James R. Thompson Center, on the very first day of June, we co-hosted a special event with Chinese American Association at Greater Chicago (CAAGC) and Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) - Chicago Lodge, and invited Dr. Roland Hsu from Stanford University to give a presentation, WE GOT THE JOB DONE - The Chinese and the Iron Road: Revealing the Chinese who linked east and west with the transcontinental railroad, and show a documentary, Making Tracks: The Phillip P. Choy Story by Barre Fong and Connie Young Yu.

It was a full house, and the venue was packed with VIPs, audience and reporters. The Proclamation from the City of Chicago that proclaims May 10, 2019 to be CHINESE AMERICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD DAY IN CHICAGO, and the Housing Resolution No. 305 from the State of Illinois that declares May 10, 2019 as TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD DAY were once again presented.

We thank the following friends for their assistance in getting the proclamation and resolution: IL State Representative Theresa Mah, Ernest Wong, Karen Eng and George Mui. Special thanks to the Arima Funds for the generous loan of the two exhibitions, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental and The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America, which were organized by the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

We partnered with DCASE, Facets, and OCA Greater Chicago to host a screening of REUNIFICATION from filmmaker Alvin Tsang at Chicago Cultural Center. The narration, the images and the atmosphere of the documentary, which took 17 years to film, reminded me of my early years living in Hong Kong. My twin daughters came to this country at about the same age as Director Tsang’s. 

For those of you who have not yet have a chance to visit our Museum, please come; For those of you who have visited us before, please come again. In addition to our wonderful exhibitions, we planned a series of exciting events ahead which you cannot afford to miss!
Past and Upcoming Events
We Got the Job Done
A meaningful event to honor the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers.

Thanks to Dr. Roland Hsu, Director of Research of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University, for giving the presentation. And thanks to the Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago (CAAGC) and Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) - Chicago Lodge for working with us so closely to make the event a success! We got the job done!

Also kudos to our wonderful emcee Linda Yu! You helped us get the job done!

More photos HERE.
You are invited to a special screening event: Uncover the origins of a dish that Americans have warmly adopted as their own —“General Tso’s Chicken.”

From New York City to the farmlands of the Midwest, there are around 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S.. Walk into any Chinese restaurant in the country and you can be fairly certain you’ll be rewarded with a plate of this sweet and sticky fried chicken—seemingly just spicy enough for the American palate. But how did this dish reach such levels of ubiquity and who was General Tso in the first place? This delightfully insightful documentary seeks to uncover the origins of a dish that Americans have warmly adopted as their own. As director Ian Cheney journeys to Shanghai and Hunan, it becomes increasingly clear that the answers lie much closer to home, as the story of General Tso’s Chicken becomes inextricably linked to the story of Chinese Americans’ own search to define their identity.

Filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee will attend in person. We’ll include a taste test of General Tso’s Chicken from various restaurants right after the screening.
Your Story, Our Story
We are excited to partner with Chicago History Museum on an exciting initiative, Your Story, Our Story, in August. This web-based project allows people across the country to share their stories of cultural identity, immigration and/or migration through an object of their own.

Please save the date. More information will be coming.
TALK Stories
We are equally excited to bring Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show to Chinese American Museum of Chicago. 

Hosted by Renegade Ada Cheng and Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center.

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016 when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time. She debuted her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, in 2017 and has since performed it at National Storytelling Conference (Kansas City, MO), Capital Fringe Festival (Washington D.C.), Minnesota Fringe Festival (Minneapolis, MN), Boulder Fringe Festival (Boulder, CO), and Kum & Go Theater (Des Moines, IA) since then.
Save the date and we will inform you once the tickets are available.
Museum News
Welcome Director Alvin Tsang  to Chicago for Screening of  R EUNIFICATION !
A warm welcome to Director Alvin Tsang and his friends to our Museum!
2019 Golden Spike Conference Community Leadership Dinner with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
Our Board Directors standing in the back (from left): John Rohsehow, Edward Jung and Mabel Menard.

Our Honorary Director sitting in the front (far right): Bennett Bronson.
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.