Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s

In the early 1960s, restaurateur Johnny Kan commissioned a series of water color paintings by artist Jake Lee. For many years, these stunning paintings hung in the private Gum Shan (“Gold Mountain”) dining room of the landmark Kan’s Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Each Jake Lee painting showcases specific aspects and milestones in early Chinese American history, including scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown, railroad-building in the Sierra Nevadas, Sonoma wine country, cigar & lantern factories, and the 1888 champion Chinese fire-hose team of Deadwood, South Dakota.

Come view first-hand these stunning & significant landscapes of our history!


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Catalog for Finding Jake Lee

The official catalog for Finding Jake Lee is now available
at the CHSA Museum Store for $7.

This 32-page catalog features prints of all of the paintings in the show and historic photographs in full color. Also featured in the catalog are exclusive essays from Gordon H. Chang (Professor of History at Stanford University), Mark Dean Johnson (Professor of Art at San Francisco State University), Jerry Lee (nephew of artist Jake Lee), Sue Lee (Executive Director of CHSA), and Grace Young (award-winning author of The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen and Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge.

Read an excerpt from the catalog online here!
Jake Lee and Chinese American History by Gordon H. Chang

For more information about purchasing a catalog, please contact CHSA.

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