Monthly Newsletter | December 2021

New Museum Hours
Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am to 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Group visits by appointment only.

Below please see the updates to our admission policy.

 Vaccination Requirement for Admission
The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Starting on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, all visitors ages five and up will be required to provide proof of vaccination before entering the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC).

Visitors ages 12 and old must be fully vaccinated, showing that they have at least two doses of an FDA authorized (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine or one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. International visitors must provide proof of vaccination from the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

Children ages 5-11 years must provide proof of at least one vaccination dose. Guests under the age of 5 are not required to show proof of vaccination but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Proof of vaccination may include:
  • CDC Vaccination Card
  • Photograph of CDC Vaccination Card
  • Digital record or phone app
  • Printed documentation from your vaccine provider

Visitors 18 and older must provide ID with the same identifying information as the proof of vaccination, such as:
  • Driver’s license
  • Government ID card
  • Tribal ID card
  • Passport
  • School ID card 

Suggested Donation for Admission
To help cover part of the operating cost during the ongoing pandemic, and to continue providing quality exhibitions and public programming, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) has decided to increase the suggested donation for admission, which has not been changed for many years. We hope you understand this change and continue to support our work in preserving the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans in the Midwest, as the only Museum in the region dedicated solely to this purpose.
Effective 1/1/2022

Adults: $8
Students/seniors: $5
Members: FREE

| From the Executive Director |

Today is the last day of 2021. Before the year ends, it’s not too late to support us by making a last-minute donation here.

December is a month full of joy and greetings: First, we have the winter solstice (冬至 or Dōngzhì) which marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is one of the most important Chinese festivals and, to many Chinese people, is considered “even more important than the Lunar New Year (冬至大過年).” It is a time for the family to get together and eat tangyuan (湯圓or balls of glutinous rice) as a symbol of reunion; Then, we have the Christmas during which many people send greetings and give presents to family members and friends.

For this past month, however, we also saw sorrow, anger, and frustration. The Chinese community lost a well-respected retiree due to gun violence; The worsen public safety situation in Chinatown prompted a large demonstration; The tightened COVID restrictions made small businesses in the community worry about the prospect of a speedy recovery.

Although most of us might not think 2021 was great, more hold out hope that 2022 will be better. The redistricting would have a historical opportunity to create an Asian American majority City ward. More initiatives will be launched to improve the safety in the community. For CAMOC, we have a new brochure, and plan to offer a number of exciting events, in person or virtually, and a new temporary exhibition for the new year!

Please stay tuned, stay connected, be safe and healthy!

Happy New Year!

Ben Lau
Executive Director
Our 2022 brochure is here!
Stop by the Museum soon to get your copy!
| December Highlights |

Silent Rally against Crimes in Chicago Chinatown
CAMOC Executive Director Ben Lau joined a silent demonstration with residents and community leaders on December 27th to display our frustration with the violence directed towards the Chinese community. (Photos courtesy of Chicago China News & Digest)
Prayer Vigil for Woom Sing Tse
The Chinatown community came together earlier this month to mourn 71-year-old Woom Sing Tse, who was murdered in front of Haines Elementary School in broad daylight on December 7.

Tse came to America 50 years ago, working his way up from restaurant cook to restaurant owner. He was well-known for his ping-pong skills and headed an association for the sport. Tse put three children through school and had nine grandchildren; his daughter is a teacher at Haines. He had just finished lunch with his wife and was on his way to get the newspaper when he was shot just a few blocks from his home.

CAMOC's thoughts are with Tse's family and the safety of our community.
Double Feature Screening & Panel Discussion
Race: The Al Young Story
No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story
CAMOC was excited to present a free double feature screening of Race: The Al Young Story and No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story. The documentaries spotlight the incredible personal journeys of two courageous Chinese Americans. Race: The Al Young Story (2017) features Al Young, who overcame a learning disability and Asian American stereotypes, to become the first Asian American world champion drag racer. No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story (2018) features Allen Joe, the first Chinese American bodybuilding champion, as well as mentor and friend to martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Following the screening, there was an intimate panel discussion with filmmaker Rick Quan, drag racer and subject of the first documentary Al Young, and Bruce Lee collector Jeff Chinn, whose collection will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Chinese Historical Society of America. The discussion was moderated by Larry Lee, Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thank you to everyone who joined us and stay tuned for more events in the new year!

Pictured above, top row (left to right): Rick Quan and Executive Director Ben Lau
Middle row (left to right): Jeff Chinn and Al Young
Bottom row (left to right): Board Vice President & Public Programming Chair Mabel Menard and Larry Lee
CAMOC Presents Picnic Package to Auction Winner
CAMOC Executive Director Ben Lau presented the Picnic Package to auction winner, longtime supporter and volunteer of the Museum, Judy SooHoo.

The Picnic Package included one solid wood cutting board made by Board Member Rich Frachey, one picnic kit backpack, a bottle of Moscato, a Chicago Cubs baseball autographed by #12 Kyle Schwarber, and a bottle of Burberry Weekend Cologne. Thank you Judy and everyone who bid in our Annual Fundraiser Online Auction!
The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) made their yearly visit to the Museum earlier this month. TECO Consular Officer Jay Lin met with CAMOC President Ed Jung and Ben Lau for a private tour of our exhibitions.

TECO has been a longtime supporter of the Museum and we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with our fellow cultural institutions!
WTHR-TV Spotlights "Great Wall to Great Lakes"
WTHR-TV in Indianapolis visited CAMOC to spotlight the Museum's permanent exhibition Great Wall to Great Lakes, which tells the story of Chinese immigration to the Midwest region.
Photo above: Immediate Past President & Exhibition Chair Soo Lon Moy explained the history of the Museum's permanent exhibition Great Wall to Great Lakes.
Photo above (left to right): WTHR-TV Photographer Steve Rhodes, CAMOC Collections Chair Andrea Stamm, Soo Lon Moy, and news anchor Scott Swan.

Photo below (left to right): Steve Rhodes, Scott Swan, and Ben Lau.
Photo on the left: Musician Kerry Leung played traditional Chinese music on camera.

WTHR-TV will be using the stories of different Chinatowns for their coverage of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022. These stories will be aired in Indianapolis and then shared with other NBC and Tegna affiliates across the country. The potential audience is huge! So, please lookout for this special segment next year!
CPS Civil Rights Scholars Visit CAMOC
Earlier this month, high school students from the Chicago Public Schools Civil Rights Program toured the Museum. Docent Professor John Rohsenow led the tour, highlighting our exhibitions related to the Chinese Exclusion Act and Chinese immigration to the Midwest region.

| Upcoming Events |

Stay tuned for 2022 announcements!

| Become a Member Today! |

Becoming a member is a simple and effective way to get involved with the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Your membership represents a personal investment in the Museum and ensures the continuation of the wide array of quality exhibitions, programs, and events we bring to the community. In addition, you are affirming the importance of the Museum’s commitment to bring the Chinese American experience in the Midwest to as many people as possible.

$150 = Free event admission for member & 3 guests for 1 year

$100 = Free event admission for member & 1 guest for 1 year

$60 = Free event admission for member only for 1 year

$30 = Free event admission for seniors & students for 1 year

$500Corporate Membership for 1 year (with 10 individual memberships, recognition in program & on plaque)

For Members who support us beyond the basic level, we offer extra recognition and the following benefits:

$250Bronze (Honorary Membership)

$500Silver (Honorary Membership)

$1,000Gold (Lifetime Membership or a small donor brick)

$1,500Platinum (Lifetime Membership and a small donor brick)

$5,000Diamond (Large donor brick)

$5,500Jade (Large donor brick plus Lifetime Membership)
Large Brick
7.5" X 7.5"

Donor Wall in Front Lobby

Small Brick
3.5" X 7.5"
You can read the full list of benefits on our website by clicking the button below. There are also instructions on how to join at the bottom of the page, along with the Membership Form.

| Call For Volunteers |
We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form.

| Your Great Ideas |
Do you have any thoughts on a possible program, a collection to donate, or a fundraising idea for our Museum? Please let us know! We value and welcome your input on how we can continue to provide great programming and resources for our community. If you would like to share an idea, please contact us at office@ccamuseum.org.
| Special Collection |
CAMOC Together Against COVID-19
An old Chinese saying, 時勢造英雄 (Shíshì zào yīngxióng ), which means a hero is made in the time of misfortune aptly describes how people rally together in the pandemic. During this challenging time we are deeply moved by the proactive steps and incredible acts of generosity and support exhibited by the Chinese Americans. Thousands of individuals and organizations have been raising money, donating personal protective equipment, and providing free meals to those in need, especially to front-line healthcare workers and others. CAMOC is inviting you to help us preserve these heroic moments by sharing the stories to our Together Against Covid-19 Special Collection.

CAMOC started this special collection with the goal of recording the experiences and stories of individuals, families, and organizations during these unprecedented times. The Together Against Covid-19 Collection will include various forms of content, which can be photos, videos, articles, audios, letters, paintings, certificates, or any form you can think of. If you are not sure whether your content fits our collection or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please send your story to covid19@ccamuseum.org , with the subject Together Against Covid-19 Collection. And please include your contact information , including full name, organization or community if applicable, email, phone number, and mailing address.
About Us

The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily 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.