Monthly Newsletter | FEBRUARY 2020

| February Highlights |

Attic Treasures II - New Exhibition Grand Opening
Welcome to our new temporary exhibit Attic Treasures II. Every year we receive quite a number of treasures from our community, each with its own special history or a part of the ongoing story of Chinatown. It can be hard to find a single theme to share them all under, that's why we’ve created Attic Treasures II -- to show off some of our favorite items that have not previously been on display at the Museum. 

More pictures HERE
Screening of Wu Xia 2: the Code
Great experience at the screening of Wu Xia 2: the Code . We hope everyone enjoyed the film and we would like to thank director Johnny Wu, producer Keith Collins II, actress Crystle Paynther for choosing our museum for premier of Wu Xia 2: the Code and sharing interesting behind-the-scenes stories.

More pictures HERE
Chinese New Year Celebration 2020
CNY celebration is one of the museum's most exciting festivals every year. We hope that everyone could feel the festive atmosphere during the celebration, learn the traditions and history of spring festival, and bring good luck and blessings to everyone for the new year.

More pictures HERE
Happy February! The shortest month of the year but the longest February in 4 years is coming to a close. I hope everyone has fully recouped from the holidays.

We had lots of good time in the month: A successful opening of our Attic Treasure II exhibition; A fun ride on our float at the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown; A full house of the Chinese New Year Celebration at our Museum. Many friends, members, and families attended the events and enjoyed the taste of Chinese Culture, music and even food.

Missed those events? You can click on the links in this newsletter to browse some photos of those events and share our fun and joy. One upcoming event that cannot be shared with photos only is the screening of Men On the Dragon on March 14 (Saturday) at 2 pm. This movie won a number of awards including Best Original Film Score and Best Original Film Song at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards. Don’t miss this Hong Kong comedy directed by Sunny Chan that shows how a motley bunch of middle-aged employees of a telecoms company deal with their personal crisis through participating in competitive dragon boat rowing.

A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft originating from the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province. The sport of dragon boat racing has roots in the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday dating back 2000 years throughout southern China. We have dragon boat racing here in Chicago Chinatown, too. The American Dragon Boat Association has been organizing this summer event in Ping Tom Park for 19 years. The sport involves 10 to 22 people depending on the size of the boat, a strong will and a formidable team spirit.

There is currently a campaign called “We Love Chinatown” that appeals to community members to support local restaurants and businesses that are affected by people’s concern and even paranoia about the coronavirus. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reminded Chicagoans at the Chinese New Year Parade that chances of contracting coronavirus remain very low. So when you come to visit our Museum or attend our events or screenings, please also consider dining in Chinatown to support our local businesses.

We appreciate your continue support and encouragement.

Ben Lau
Executive Director
| Monthly Spotlight |
A Note of Thanks - Miaoming Zhong

Introducing our great volunteer Miaoming. She has been helping as a guest associate for weekends and actively joining our events to promote Chinese history and culture.

Miaoming shares her volunteer experience at the museum:
"I am glad to work at the Chinese American Museum in Chicago. I have been volunteering at this museum for 4 months. It is such a great opportunity to learn and appreciate about the Chinese American experience. There are many visitors coming from different countries and regions, so it is a very warm environment to share and teach each other something about the significant history that we might not be aware of. Additionally, there are precious books at the gift shop that are worthwhile to read and will help us to explore the more interesting history and stories that we have never heard about. If you come to visit Chicago or Chinatown, do not hesitate to stop by Chinese American Museum."

| Upcoming Events |
Sat, March 14, 2020
2:oo PM

Asian Pop-Up Cinema is held seasonally in the spring and in the fall. We are excited to host another screening this spring again.

Movie Summary:
A group of four telecommunications employees at Pegasus Broadband, headlined by Francis Ng in his most charming role in recent memory, begrudgingly join the company dragon boat team hoping such a pledge of loyalty will keep them immune from encroaching layoffs. Under the tutelage of the pretty young no-nonsense coach, Dorothy (Jennifer Yu) they learn not just how to really race, but also to confront their own impending mid-life crises. From nagging families and infidelity to unrequited love and elusive Andy Lau concert tickets, myriad demons are exorcised as our bungling protagonists overcome the odds and take charge in this life-affirming comedy-drama.

See trailer HERE

| Museum News |
2020 CNY Parade
Beautiful day for this year's Chinatown Parade, were you in the parade?

If you missed the crowd, check out our pictures HERE for highlights.
Museum board members and film director/cast of Wu Xia 2: the Code attended the Asian American Coalition of Chicago gala together this year. Each year, the Asian American Community celebrates the accomplishments of its community and business leaders by hosting the largest Asian Coalition dinner gala.
Wintrust Arena
Museum Board President Soo Lon Moy, Board Secretary Mabel Menard (as Empress), Board Director John Rohsenow (as God of Fortune) and Executive Director Ben Lau (as Emperor) promoted Chinese culture and CAMOC to the audience at Wintrust Arena before a basketball game between DePaul and Georgetown began.

| Volunteers Wanted! |

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:
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.