Monthly Newsletter | JUNE 2020
CAMOC Reopens Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
Since The City of Chicago entered Phase 4: Gradually Resume of the state’s reopening plan. Chinese American Museum of Chicago will cautiously reopen to the public on July 1st, 2020.

New Museum Hours:
7/1- 7/31/2020
Tue-Fri: 10 am to 1 pm, 
Sat-Sun: 11 am to 3 pm

CAMOC will follow the strict safety guidelines established by the City and health officials to ensure the health of our visitors and employees. We take great pride in practicing and enforcing best practices including:

  • Face coverings are required at all times by employees, volunteers and guests over 2 years old

  • Visual signage posted throughout galleries regarding hygiene, 6ft social distancing, proper PPE and more

  • Limit capacity to 25% for all indoor spaces exhibits. Limit groups in attendance to no more than 50 individuals

  • Following one way visiting system to minimize physical contact

  • Doors remain open to increase ventilation, where appropriate

  • Constant cleaning and sanitizing of work surfaces, high touch points, galleries and facilities 

  • Checking temperature of all staff and volunteers entering our building

  • Providing PPE to staff such as gloves, face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizers

  • Reservations are required for groups, and special arrangements may be applied in order to limit capacity and support social distancing

CAMOC has self-certified with the City of Chicago to follow safety guidelines in reopening. We hope to create a safe environment for everyone in order to continue to serve our community.

| From the Executive Director |

Illinois entered Phase 4 of its reopening plan last Friday, and we are back in business!

We are very excited to be able to reopen to the public on 7/1 after our Museum, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC), was closed for more than three months since 3/17. We miss our members, visitors and the CAMOC community as a whole. During our closure, we thought of creative ways to keep connecting to all of you by creating a virtual tour of our temporary exhibition Attic Treasures II on Vamonde, and by launching two projects, Your Family Story and Together Against COVID-19, to collect memorable, touching or powerful stories.

We welcome you back to visit us. As a small token, we will give out a GIFT to the first FIVE visitors on our reopening day (7/1) and the FIRST visitor of each day from 7/2 to 7/12. We also want you to feel safe when you visit us and we can assure you that we will follow the strict safety guidelines established by the City and health officials. You will see visual signage advising people to help keep the visit fun and safe. Please remember to wear a face mask when you come as it is required to enter our building. All our staff and volunteers will do the same.

June had been a little quieter as we prepared for the reopening but we had exciting news and sad news. The exciting news was that our Board had elected a new President, Ed Jung, and two new Directors, Ada Cheng and Judy SooHoo. Soo Loo Moy is now our Immediate Past President and we thank her for her eight years of dedicated service to the Museum. On the other hand, the sad news was that we lost our longtime Board member Grace Chun who passed away on 6/12.

I hope to see you soon when we reopen. For those of you who may not be able to come anyone time soon, please stay tuned for our future events for the rest of the year, and continue to support our work by making a donation or becoming a member of CAMOC. As we reopen, your support is now needed more than ever. Your donation, no matter how small, can make a difference!

Ben Lau
Executive Director

| June Highlights |

TASTE FROM HOME: Food Stories for the Culturally Curious
Chicago Cultural Alliance launched a new initiative called Taste From Home: Food Stories for the Culturally Curious. It is collection of recipes and stories inspired by the food that defines who we are and where we come from. As we are all home exploring new recipes and cuisines, let us introduce one of our favorite recipes - Steamed Pork Patty, this recipe is contributed by Margaret Larson from the Cook Book "Have You Eaten Yet?" published by CAMOC.

See the video, full recipe, and story HERE

Even as we practice physical distancing, we can remain connected through stories and sharing a meal even without physical proximity. If you like our recipe, please consider helping CAMOC reach the fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible donation today, if you are able. If you are unable to donate, you can still participate by sharing our recipe with your friends and family using hashtags #tastefromhome, #tastefromhomerecipe, & #ccamuseum on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
CAMOC Together Against COVID-19 Special Collection
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.
| Monthly Spotlight |
A Note of Thanks - Candice Raisinghani

Candice Raisinghani is a public historian who started working with our Museum in late 2011 through the Chicago Cultural Alliance. CAMOC utilized Candices services as a collections assistant to aid the staff with cataloging, digitizing, and properly storing the museum’s artifacts according to the industry’s best practices. After leaving the Alliance in 2017, she returned to CAMOC as an independent contractor in 2018 and resumed her work with the collections staff and volunteers. Candice earned her BA in History from Illinois State University and an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago before working with the Alliance as a Shared Collections Assistant for their museum members.

| New Exhibition in Preparation |
Eating bitterness: Stories of Chinese American Cuisine (opening Date TBD)
Through waves of Chinese immigrants beginning with California’s gold rush pioneers, Chinese American cuisine continuously transformed itself up to modern times where it is now becoming more authentic and reflects a variety of regional styles. Come explore this fascinating history, experience our restaurateur stories and cooking demonstrations, and examine the complex history of Chicago Chinese American restaurants.

| Upcoming Events |
Sat, August 15, 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 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

We will send the tickets registration link once available.
[Postponed] TALK STORIES

Talk Stories, scheduled for Wednesday April 22, will be rescheduled to a later date. Stayed tuned for our announcement. Please take care and be well during this challenging time.

We will send the tickets registration link once available.

| 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.