Current Exhibits





Tales of the Distant Past: The Story of Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora (A tribute from the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals of Hong Kong)

The Tales of the Distant Past is an exhibition that will explore the Chinese diaspora. Did you know over 50 million Chinese are currently living in more than 136 countries?  This exhibit will showcase Hong Kong’s role as the transportation hub in this global emigration and the humanitarian work of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) worldwide.

Although China has had a long history of emigration, a significant wave occurred during the late 19th century. More than 2 million Chinese laborers boarded ships and braved the waters across the Pacific Ocean to seek their fortune elsewhere. Unfortunately, many of these laborers passed away while overseas and their families were desperate for their remains to be returned back home. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals stepped in and helped facilitate the collection and return of the deceased laborers for repatriation back to China. The organization also assisted in the collection and transfer of money of the deceased to their relatives in China.  TWGHs was not just a hospital, but a trusted philanthropic organization that helped all emigrants worldwide. Artifacts and documents will portray what life was like for these early emigrants and how TWGHs assisted them and their families back home in China.

Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles


Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles, a permanent, cutting edge exhibition celebrating the growth and development of Chinese American enclaves from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Valley.


This exhibit narrates Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an important immigration law and event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period.

Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop

This exhibition is a recreation of an actual store that was housed in the Garnier Building in the 1890’s. The Sun Wing Wo store opened in 1891 and remained in this building until 1948. The store was a multi-purpose space that showed how self-sufficient the Chinese were and had to be due to racism and discrimination, while also being responsive to the needs of their community. Even though the store predominantly served the Chinese, there were European, Japanese, and Mexican Americans who also came to purchase Chinese merchandise.

On one side of the gallery, people can find merchandise sold at the general store such as food, clothing, furniture, firecrackers, and dishes; they can also find western products that were popular at the time such as cigars and perfumed soaps. The store also provided banking, postal, and letter writing services for the community.

On the other side of the gallery, the Museum recreated the herb shop where Chinese could practice their traditional form of healthcare – Chinese Medicine. There were acupuncture services and prescriptions of herbal remedies provided.

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