Category Archives: Exhibits

Current or upcoming exhibits at the CHSA gallery in San Francisco. Appears on Home page and Exhibits page. When an exhibit is no longer current, re-categorize the Exhibit post as a “Past Exhibit”

CHSA at the Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) has added 51 high resolution art works to the Google Cultural Institute, allowing people all over the world to explore their collection of historic images online.
To date, CHSA has contributed 51 photographs and archival material unique to Chinese American communities. … Read More »

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Work of Giants: The Chinese and the Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad


A transcontinental railroad was the dream of President Lincoln to unite the country. Chinese workers played a critical role in the completion of what General Sherman called “the work of giants.” 12,000 Chinese workers labored on this tremendous task and yet were not recognized or included in the celebration, … Read More »

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Julia Morgan Legacy Project


CHSA is proud to present the Julia Morgan Legacy Project, created as part of the 2012 Julia Morgan Festival. Our focus is on the legacy, architecture, and impact of the Julia Morgan designed Chinese YWCA building, which currently houses the CHSA Museum.

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Remembering 1882


Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.

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Main Gallery: The Chinese of America, Toward A More Perfect Union

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This bilingual exhibit tells the history of Chinese Americans  in the United States,  documented by the large wave of immigration that began in the 19th century to the prolific presence of Chinese in American society today.
Photographs and artifacts focus on the contributions made by Chinese laborers in the development of … Read More »

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History of the Chinatown YWCA


In 1916, the National Board organized the first Chinese YWCA in America. From the 1930s to 1980s, the San Francisco YWCA Chinatown served as a social outlet for many Chinese American women in the community with dance lessons, cultural programs, cooking classes, youth activities, and more.
Times changed in the … Read More »

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