From the Executive Director
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)!

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, donors and members, we had a very successful annual fundraising dinner that exceeded our goals. We were very honored to be presented (1) by Ernest Wong a Proclamation from the City of Chicago that proclaims May 10, 2019 to be CHINESE AMERICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD DAY IN CHICAGO and (2) by State Rep. Theresa Mah the Housing Resolution No. 305 from the State of Illinois House of Representatives that declares May 10, 2019 as TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD DAY in the State of Illionis.

Our Museum was the filming location of ABC7’s Asian Influences and NEWSY’s feature on Chinese rail road workers. Both programs have been aired to the public. Thanks for giving us the opportunities to get more exposure. Click here for ABC7's program and here for NEWSY's program.

To further promote our exhibition The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America, we co-hosted with two other community organizations, Chinese American Association at Greater Chicago and Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Chicago Lodge, to launch a temporary exhibition Chinese and the Iron Road – Building of the Transcontinental at the James R. Thompson Center with an opening ceremony on May 25.

Then we had our screening of CANTON ARMY IN THE HIGH SIERRA ! Our Board members who went to Utah to commemorate the 150 th Anniversary Celebration of the Golden Spike shared their experiences of the event with the audience after the screening that touched the hearts of many.

Please come to our Museum, see the exhibitions, and be prepared to be touched by the stories behind them.
Past and Upcoming Events
18th Benefit Dinner
Thank you to our sponsors, donors, friends, and performers, and our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers and congratulations to all our awardees Bernarda Wong, Esther Wong, Chicago Metropolitan Lee Association, Yuen's Family Association, Hoy On Benevolent Association, Moy Shee D.K. Association, Wai Chee Yuen and John Rohsenow. Our 18th Benefit Dinner was well attended, bringing old acquaintances and new friends together. Everyone had a great time! It was a meaningful day that we all came together to honor the Chinese Railroad workers on May 10, 2019, the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad! Their contributions and sacrifices helped shape America into becoming a world power. They should be remembered as heroes who united and built America!

Check for more photos , and we will see you all again next year.
Screening of CANTON ARMY IN THE HIGH SIERRAS with special presentations by our board directors, Mabel Menard, John Rohsenow, Mark Chiang, and Ed Jung.

More photos.
We Got the Job Done
We will have a special event to honor the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers.
A presentation, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Revealing the Chinese who linked east and west with the transcontinental railroad, will be given by Dr. Roland Hsu, Director of Research of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University. The program will also include a screening of Making Tracks: The Phillip P. Choy Story by Barre Fong and Connie Young Yu, based on material in the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford's Oral Histories collection.

Currently the event is SOLD OUT.
Screening of REUNIFICATION at Chicago Cultural Center 
(06/07/19 from 6:30pm to 9pm)
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.

This film is being presented in partnership with DCASE, Facets, Chinese American Museum of Chicago, and OCA Greater Chicago.

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
Temporary Exhibition of THE CHINESE AND THE IRON ROAD at James R. Thompson Center
(5/24/2019 to 5/31/2019)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration hosted by Jesse White
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month & Community Leadership Awards event hosted by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
Chicago Cultural Alliance MOSAIC Gala
2019 Golden Spike Conference
CAMOC team with Judy Hsu at ABC7 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month luncheon
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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.