2020

 

Celebrate with us as CAM turns 17 on December 18, 2020!

In honor of our birthday, we will be hosting two exciting family-friendly programs!  

Kid’s Story Time with CAM! @ 2 pm – 2:30 pm PST

Children of all ages are welcome to join Miss Rita as she reads, “Hooray for Hat!” by Brian Won. Be ready to sing songs and join the fun. Kid’s Story Time with CAM is a partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library presenting a short story time series featuring Asian American-themed stories and authors.
This book is suited for ages 4-7, though we welcome children of all ages with parental supervision.


The ABC’s of Storytelling through Photography @ 5pm – 6pm PST

Turn celebration memories into art with award-winning photographer Karen Zhou! This interactive photography workshop will teach beginning photographers the art of composition, experimenting with and exploring viewpoints and perspectives.  During the program, Karen will share some of her own celebratory photos of festivals in the Asian American Pacific Islander community.

We invite you to bring a camera, smartphone, or tablet and a toy or object to practice your photography skills. Karen will also answer participant questions towards the end of the program if time permits.

This program is suitable for ages 8 and above, families welcome.

Kid’s Story Time with CAM & the LAPL Chinatown Branch


Date: November 24, 2020

Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm PST

Storyteller: Rita Law – Children’s Librarian Chinatown Branch Library

Book: The Empty Pot by Demi

Join us Thanksgiving week on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, @ 4 pm PST for our next virtual Kid’s Story Time with CAM!

Gather up the little ones and find a cozy spot to join along! We are continuing our partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short storytime series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.

Next on the series:  Miss Rita reads  The Empty Pot by Demi.

Space is limited, register for free now by clicking here.

This book is suited for 4-8 years old, though we welcome children of all ages with parental supervision.

Kid’s Story Time with CAM is a virtual program hosted on Zoom, registration via Eventbrite required.

Stronger Together: Black Liberation and Asian Solidarity

 

Date: November 19, 2020

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm PST

Speakers: Warren Furutani, Melina Abdullah, Kai Naima Williams

Moderator: Sandra So Hee Chi Kim

The USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Chinese American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum present Stronger Together: Black Liberation and Asian Solidarity.

Join a discussion on this historic moment in the movement for Black lives and the importance of cross-movement solidarity and coalitional consciousness. Our panelists will reflect on the history of Black-Asian solidarity and what we can learn from the past in order to live in a liberated future. The panel will also offer thoughts on how we can move forward following the much-anticipated November 3rd presidential election results.

Our Guests

MELINA ABDULLAH

co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Professor of Pan-African Studies

KAI NAIMA WILLIAMS

Author and Executive Director of Eat At The Table Theatre Company

WARREN R. FURUTANI

Co-founder of the Manzanar Committee and former California State Assemblymember

Moderated by

SANDRA SO HEE CHI KIM

Founder and Co-Executive Director of Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab

Story Time with the Chinatown Branch Library Series

Date: November 5, 2020  

Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm PST   

Book: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

We hope you can tune in virtually for Kid’s Story Time with CAM on Thursday, November 5, 2020, @ 4 pm PST! Gather up the little ones and find a cozy spot to join along! We are continuing our partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short storytime series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.     

Next on the series:  Miss Rita reads  Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.    

Space is limited, register for free now by clicking here. This virtual story-time will be hosted on Zoom and is suitable for 3-5 years old with parental supervision.     

The Commemoration of the 1871 Los Angeles Chinese Massacre

The program has been recorded and archived.
You can watch the full video by clicking on the link here.

On October 24th, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT, the Chinese American Museum will commemorate the historic tragedy known as the Los Angeles Chinese Massacre of 1871, the result of growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the region. One of the most heinous acts of racially motivated violence Los Angeles has ever experienced took place in the streets near our present-day museum.
We invite you to stand with us virtually in commemorating the lives lost 149 years ago.

The commemoration marks this somber moment in American history with a memorial for all the lives lost in this historical tragedy and creates a space for reflection on contemporary issues of race and violence.

In addition to the performance of an excerpt from Lloyd Suh’s play “The Chinese Lady,” by Artists at Play, the following individuals will be participating in the solemn observance:

– Honorable Judy Chu, Representative, United States Congress
– Honorable Ed Chau, Member, California State Assembly
– David Louie, President, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Commission
– Arturo Chavez, General Manager, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
– Dr. Gay Yuen, President, Friends of the Chinese American Museum
– Artists at Play’s director Rebecca Wear and actress Amy Shu will present an excerpt from Lloyd Suh’s play, “The Chinese Lady.”
– Michael Truong, Executive Director, Chinese American Museum

We would like to thank El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Artists at Play for supporting this event.

Podcast with Artist at Play: The Chinese Lady

Join the Chinese American Museum and Artists at Play for a conversation about “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh, its connection to the history of Chinese in America, and what role the arts play in the interpretation and remembering of that history.

Panelists include Rena Heinrich (USC Professor of Theatre Practice), Eugene Moy (Chinese American Museum board member), and Rebecca Wear (director of AAP’s 2019 production of The Chinese Lady), moderated by AAP Producing Artistic Leader Stefanie Lau.

The conversation will be recorded as part of the AAP Podcast inaugural season.

This event is co-presented with the Chinese American Museum to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Los Angeles Chinese Massacre.

Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future #4

The program has been recorded and archived.
You can watch the full video by clicking on the link here.

CAM invites you to tune in on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm PDT for the fourth-panel discussion in the “Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future” series via Zoom. Join us as we hear from a younger generation about how they navigate life’s challenges during the pandemic.

The majority of the program will be in Mandarin. More information can be found on the flyer.

Story Time with the Chinatown Branch Library Series


Date: October1, 2020 

Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm PDT  

Host: KevineEcliserio

Story teller: Rita Law – Children’s Librarian Chinatown Branch Library  

Book: Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with CAM! Tune in virtually for Kid’s Story Time with CAM on Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 4pm PDT! Gather up the little ones and find a cozy spot to join along!  We are continuing our partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short story time series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.    

Next on the series: Miss Rita reads Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong.   

This virtual story-time will be hosted on Zoom and is suitable for 2-5 years old with parental supervision.  Space is limited.

Tea Talk with Lisa See & Linda Louie

The program has been recorded and archived.
You can watch the full video by clicking on the link here.

Date: September 23, 2020

Time: 5pm – 6pm PDT

Moderator: Lan Ong

Guest Speakers: Lisa See & Linda Louie

Attention all tea lovers and book worms!JoinLisa See, renowned author, and Linda Louie, tea educator and owner of Bana Tea Company, for a conversational book talk and tea demonstrationLan Ong, FCAM Board Member and Managing Director of Wing Hop Fung, will host this unique and exciting program.

Bring your favorite cup of tea and tune in virtually for Tea Talk on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5 pm PDT. Listen in asLisa shares the inspiration behind her bestselling book,“The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Theconversation will continue as Lisa and Linda talk about their travels together to China to research the rarePuer teaThe program will include a traditional tea demonstration performed by Linda, as well as an audienceQ&A session.

This program is the premiereevent of CAM’sTea Talk series. 

Thank you to our partners:

  • Wing Hop Fung
  • Bana Tea House

Special acknowledgement:

  • Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge
  • OCA-GLA

Story Time with the Chinatown Branch Library Series

Date: September 16, 2020

Time: 4:00 – 4:30 pm PDT 

HostKevineEcliserio

Story teller: Rita Law – Children’s Librarian Chinatown Branch Library 

Book: Boy Dumplingsby Ying Chang Compestine

Our next Kid’s Story Time with CAM is moving to Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 4pm PDT! Gather up the little ones and find a cozy spot to join along! We are continuing our partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short story time series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.   

Next on the series: Miss Rita reads Boy Dumplingsby Ying Chang Compestine.  

Space is limited, register for free now by clicking the link to Eventbrite at the top. The virtual story-time will be hosted on Zoom and is suitable for 4-8 years old with parental supervision.   

Story Time with the Chinatown Branch Library Series

Date: September 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 – 11:30 am PDT 

Host: Kevine Ecliserio 

Story teller: Rita Law – Children’s Librarian Chinatown Branch Library 

BookThe Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine

Gather the little ones and find a cozy spot for CAM’s live virtual storytime on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 11am PDTWe are continuing our partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short storytime series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.   

Next on the series:Miss Rita reads THE RUNAWAY WOK by Ying Chang Compestine.  

Space is limited, register for free now. The virtual story-time will be hosted on Zoom and is suitable for 4-8 years old with parental supervision.  

An Untold Past: Chinese Americans in the South


The program has been recorded and archived.

You can watch the full panel discussion by clicking on the link here.

Speakers: Dr. John Jung (Historian),
Baldwin Chiu & Larissa Lam (Producers of Finding Cleveland

Moderator:Dr. Laureen D. Hom (Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona)

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Pre-screening: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT   Finding Cleveland by Baldwin Chiu via Vimeo (A link will be sent the day of the event though Eventbrite).

Time:5:00 – 6:00 pm PDT    Panel Discussion via Zoom

An Untold Past: Chinese Americans in the Southexplores the remarkable American storiestold by Dr. John Jung, Baldwin Chiu and Larissa Lam.Dr. Jung, retired CSULB Professor and author of several books including “Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South,will present a brief history of early Chinese migration to the southern states as well as his family’s story and personal memories of beingthe only Chinese familyin Macon, Georgia between 1928 and 1956.

Baldwin Chiu will join the conversation by sharing his journey to discovering hisfamily lineage in Cleveland, MississippiChiu and Larissa Lamare the co-producer ofthedocumentary short film,“Finding Cleveland.The film, directed by Lam, follows Chiuand his family on the path touncover theirroots.In “An Untold PastChiu and Lamwill discusshow uncoveringhis family history led them to learn about the early Chinese American community in the South who persevered through the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and later navigated through the Jim Crow era.

The conversation will conclude with an audience Q&A, moderated by Dr. Laureen D. Hom, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona

Preceding the live Zoom program will be an opportunity to screen the award-winning documentary short film, “Finding Cleveland, co-produced by Baldwin Chiu and Larissa LamA separate Vimeo link to view the film will be provided with the Zoom program link. The 15-minute film will be available to view 1 hour prior to the program.

Thank you to our community partners:

  • Visual Communications (VC)
  • Chinese Historical Society of South California (CHSSC)
  • Chinese Family  History Group Southern California
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) Los Angeles Lodge
  • Delta State University
  • Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum

“Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future” Third Panel Discussion 

The program has been recorded and archived.
You can watch the full panel discussion by clicking on the link here.

CAM invites you to tune in on Saturday August 22, 2020 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm PDT for the third-panel discussion in the “Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future” panel series via Zoom. Join us as our panelists discuss the topic of Multicultural Education.

The majority of the program will be in Mandarin. More information can be found on the flyer.

Kids Story Time with CAM & the Los Angeles Public Library Chinatown Branch

Date: August 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 – 11:30 am PDT

Host: Kevine Ecliserio

Story teller: Rita Law – Children’s Librarian Chinatown Branch Library

BookTwo of Everything by Lily Toy Hong

CAM brings Story-Time home! Gather the little ones and find a cozy spotfor CAM’s first live virtual story-time! We’ve teamed up with the Chinatown Branch Library to present a short story-time series featuring Asian American themed stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.  

Join us on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 11am PDT as Rita reads TWO OF EVERYTHING, based on a Chinese folktale,retold and illustrated by Lily Toy Hong.

Tickets are limited, register for free now by clicking the link in our bio. The virtual story-time will be hosted on Zoom and is suitable for4-8 yearsold with parental supervision

Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future Panel Series

You can watch the full panel discussion on our Youtube channel by clicking on thelink here.

This is the second panel discussion of our series, “Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future” held on July 18, 2020 via ZOOM from 7:30pm to 8:30pm PDT. This program was in Mandarin.

Thank you to our panelists, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Cal Poly Pomona Professor, Zuoyue Wang, City of Eastvale Mayor Pro Tem, Jocelyn Yow, and moderators, President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Mr. Lei Wang and CAM Board Member, Miss Tina He.

Arthur Dong Book Talk
Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films

Event Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm PDT

Event will be held via ZOOM

Register for free here

(Attendees will receive a ZOOM link for access via Eventbrite email the day before the event. Participants may log on 15 minutes prior to the event in case of technical issues)

Guest Moderator: Janet Yang

Share an evening with Arthur Dong, as he presents his first virtual book talk via ZOOM. The author-filmmaker will present a guided tour of Hollywood Chinese–which Kenneth Turan selected as a Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice”–featuring a visual feast of fascinating images and an array of film clips culled from Dong’s life-long research and passion for cinema history.

Inspired and expanding on his documentary film of the same name, the book explores the Chinese American impact on the Hollywood film industry from the early days of film to today’s box office hits. Mr. Dong examines the portrayal of Asian American culture in Hollywood and the celebration of culture to the subtle and not so subtle projection of stereotypes in movies. Guest Moderator, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Hollywood producer, Janet Yang, will engage in a discussion on how the book resonates with readers and the relevance in today’s climate.

The event will conclude with a Q&A and a chance to chat directly with Arthur Dong. During the live event, attendees will receive a 30% Off Promo Code to purchase the book. Attendees will also have the opportunity to request a personal inscription and autograph by the author for each book purchased.

To learn more about Arthur Dong follow the link to https://www.deepfocusproductions.com/

For more about Janet Yang go to https://janetyang.com/

About Arthur Dong:

A San Francisco Chinatown native, Arthur Dong is an Oscar-nominee, a Peabody and Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author, and curator whose work centers on Asian American, and LGBTQ stories. Dong’s films about Asian American history and culture include The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015), Hollywood Chinese (2007), Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989), and Sewing Woman (1987). Among his films on LGBTQ issues are Coming Out Under Fire (1994) and Licensed to Kill (1997). Dong has curated exhibitions showcasing his extensive archive of cultural ephemera, including Chop Suey on Wax: The Flower Drum Song Album, Forbidden City, USA, and his most recent, Hollywood Chinese, on display at the iconic Formosa Café in West Hollywood. Dong’s first book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970 received an American Book Award in 2015.

Thank you to our community partners:

  • Angel City Press
  • Deep Focus Productions Inc.
  • Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
  • OCA-GLA
  • Visual Communications

Commemorating Vincent Chin

The program has been recorded and archived.
You can watch the full panel discussion by clicking on thelink here.

Join us in a virtual panel discussion as we remember Vincent Chin’s legacy.

Event date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 5 – 6pm PDT

A link to Zoom will be sent out a day before the event.

Register for free here

The Chinese American Museum is hosting a panel discussion to commemorate Vincent Chin’s legacy in an effort to sow awareness and understanding of the racial injustices that continue to plague America today.

The panelists will examine the brutal murder of Chin and the efforts of activism that sprawl from such moments in time. The conversation will continue by discussing the need for solidarity in an era of heightened violence against the AAPI community during the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued fight against systemic racism for the Black community.

The event is moderated by Paula Madison. The panelists include Renee Tajima-Peña, Stewart Kwoh, and Pamela Ng.

Thank you to our community partners:

  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance L.A. Lodge
  • OCA-GLA
  • Visual Communications

Studying Our Past, Shaping Our Future Panel Series

This is part one of a three-series panel. This program was held on June 23, 2020 via ZOOM. This program is in Mandarin.

The Digital Poetry Reading and Cut Paper Workshop will be conducted via Zoom and hosted by the Chinese American Museum and Bovey Lee.

Watch the live recording of the workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZxkiLI1is&t=209s

Thursday, May 14

6PM PST

Via Zoom – RSVP on Eventbrite Here 

Prepare for the workshop & download the outline and cutout here.

We’re celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Los Angeles based artist Bovey Lee. Join us as we follow along Lee as she demonstrates on screen the popular traditional Chinese paper-cutting art form. The workshop is inspired by “Paper Stephanie,” a poem written by Stephanie Burt and included in her book Advice from the Lights. Burt will be in attendance and will open the workshop with a reading of her poem.

The event will be held on Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to work alongside the artist, or simply watch the art made in progress during this digital workshop. The activity will explore representation and identity and viewers are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Participants are invited to share their completed artworks with the museum after the conclusion of the workshop via Facebook and Instagram.

The workshop is only accessible via Zoom and will be recorded. A link to the workshop will be sent on the day of the event.

The workshop is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About the Facilitators:

Bovey Lee is a Hong Kong born, Los Angeles based artist known for her contemporary cut paper. Her recent works explore migration and its impact on one’s sense of identity, home, and belonging. Lee came to the United States to study art and has earned dual MFA degrees in painting from University of California at Berkeley and digital arts from Pratt Institute in New York. She has exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, including Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada (solo); Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum Kunst der Westkueste, Foehr, Germany; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco; among others.

Follow the link for additional information about Bovey Lee and her work.

Stephanie Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. Her other works include Don’t Read Poetry; Advice from the Lights; The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them; The Art of the Sonnet; Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler; The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry; Parallel Play: Poems; Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; and Randall Jarrell and His Age. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer, and the Boston Review.

Follow the link for additional information about Stephanie Burt and her work.