SOURCE: Chinese Historical Society of America

Chinese Historical Society of America

November 07, 2011 13:58 ET

On November 12, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum Celebrates 10 Years in Famed Julia Morgan Building in San Francisco's Chinatown

Celebration Coincides With Birthday of Iconic Chinese Leader Sun Yat-sen

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - Ten years ago, The Chinese Historical Society of America ( opened a Museum in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA Building at 965 Clay Street in San Francisco. On Saturday, November 12, 2011, the Chinese Historical Society invites the community for a FREE day-long 10th Anniversary Celebration from 11am to 4pm, featuring lion dancing, exhibits, music, refreshments, and talks on Chinese American art, culture, and history. In addition, a special performance will commemorate the birthday of iconic Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen, celebrated that same day, November 12. To RSVP to these activities, please call (415) 391-1188, x101 or

"Today, our stories are more important than ever. Our 10th Anniversary is a huge milestone to the community -- celebrating a decade in our beautiful museum and a half century that CHSA has existed," CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee said. "From our humble beginnings as a historical society with invaluable collections, we are proud to have built up to a museum and learning institution. We look forward to many more years of sharing our remarkable stories."

For the last five decades, CHSA has brought the largely untold stories of the Chinese American experience to the American historical narrative. From the beginnings of Chinese immigration in the 19th century to recent years when political & public achievement has reached unprecedented heights, CHSA is committed to honoring and growing this vibrant community with exhibits, theater performances, public programs, and publications.

Entertainment Line-up for November 12 includes:
11am: Opening Ceremony Lion Dance by Chung Ngai Dance Troupe
12 noon: Chinatown Miniatures Presentation by Artist Frank Wong
1pm: History Alive! Performance "Sun Yat-sen & The Three People's Principles" by Artist-in-Residence Charlie Chin
2pm: A Musical Tribute to CHSA Museum by Pianist Jon Jang & Saxophonist Francis Wong of Asian Improv aRts
3pm: "Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan's" Talk by CHSA Executive Director Sue Lee about the Museum's popular exhibition

The artists and performers will be available for audience discussion. Through November and December 2011, Museum admission is FREE, courtesy of PG&E.

Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese America. In 2001, CHSA relocated to the historic YWCA building, designed in 1932 by prolific and innovative architect Julia Morgan. The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is located at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. For information contact (415) 391-1188 or or go online to

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