2016 Events

Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese is a documentary that examines a little known aspect of the Chinese American experience. Writer, director and producer E. Samantha Cheng will be on hand to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A following the screening.

Cheng is based in Washington, D.C. and has hundreds of broadcast and non-broadcast programs to her credit. She created the Asian Pacific American History Project and is co-founder of TPS, Inc., a television production services company.  She also co-founded Heritage Series, LLC, a firm specializing in interactive educational programs about U.S. history, and is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Women in Film and Video.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro St.
South Pasadena

More information can be found here.

Friday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.

Shadow Park Clubhouse
12800 South St.
Cerritos, Calif 90703

Part of the Southern Chinese Picnic event. Finding Cleveland will also be screened.
John Jung will introduce both documentaries

Contact Gordon Hom by emailing gcrdcn (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
318 S. Ramona Ave.
Monterey Park

More information can be found here.

Commemoration of the 1871 Los Angeles Chinese Massacre

Monday, October 24, 2016 | 7pm – 7:30pm
Chinese American Museum
CAM Courtyard
425 N. Los Angeles St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join the Chinese American Museum and local leaders on Monday, Oct. 24, as we observe the 145th anniversary of the Chinese massacre.

Scheduled Speakers
Dr. Gay Yuen, Past President, Friends of the Chinese American Museum
Christopher Espinosa, General Manager for El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
Hon. Judy Chu, U.S. House of Representatives (invited)
Hon. Ed Chau, California State Assembly
Hon. Mike Eng, Trustee of the LA Community College Board
Pamela Ng, Community Member
Moment of silence and the reading of the names of the victims will take place  
1871 Chinese Massacre

On the evening of Oct. 24, 1871, a Latino police officer and a white resident Robert Thompson entered Chinatown to break up a gun fight between members of rival Chinese tongs. Whether by anger or accident, Thompson was shot to death. Shortly thereafter, a mob of 500 Angelenos entered Chinatown and assaulted every Chinese person they saw.  Chinese homes and businesses were also looted. Eleven men, including Sheriff James Burns and prominent Los Angeleno Robert Widney, attempted to protect the Chinese and stop the violence, but they were ignored. After five hours, the vigilantes had tortured, shot and hanged 17 Chinese men and 1 boy. This incident drew national attention and provoked a grand jury investigation. Eight men were held responsible and was sentenced to Sam Quentin.  Their convictions were overturned by the California Supreme Court on a technicality a year later and all the convicted killers were released.

Please email educator@camla.org if you have any questions.

There are many paid parking lots located around El Pueblo.  We are also conveniently located near several public transit stops and across the street from Union Station.

More information about parking can be found here:

Film Screening
The Home of My Heart

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 7:30pm
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012

Award-winning Hong Kong film director Can To will debut her latest production, “The Home of My Heart,” at the Chinese American Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. The 45-minute documentary-style film will be presented in Chinese and English with subtitles.

“The Home of the Heart” tells the story of Melody, a young woman determined to preserve the home of her ancestors–a place on the brink of drastic changes. Melody’s journey takes her from Hong Kong to California, beginning in Taishan, a small region in Southern China known for the large number of immigrants to the United States during the 19th century.

Ms. To is co-founder of the Hong Kong-based independent film company, Canto Works. Before starting her own firm, she was a senior producer at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), where she produced over 20 episodes of the acclaimed documentary series, Hong Kong Connection.

She is internationally acclaimed for such films as Little Photographer, the story of young photographers in Sichuan after the May 12, 2008 earthquake, which won the 2010 New York International Film Festival Gold Award; and A War Without Guns, a documentary about children orphaned by AIDS in China, which won the 2005 United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Silver Award.

In addition to RTHK, To’s films have been broadcast by the Discovery Channel.

Seating for the free screening is limited.  Reservations may be made by email to rsvp@camla.org.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors whose support have helped make this event possible.




Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China
A Discussion with Paula Madison

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 1:30pm -2:45pm
Cal State LA | University Student Union Theater
5154 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032

campus map: http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/index.php

Free to the public | RSVP to rsvp@camla.org

In support of Winter 16 lecture of the AAAS Scholars Lecture Series at Cal State LA and “Tales of the Distant Past: The Story of Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora (A Tribute of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals)” exhibition at the Chinese American Museum

Three successful black siblings from Harlem, Paula Williams Madison and her brothers, Elrick and Howard Williams, were raised in Harlem by their Chinese Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe.  The three travel to the Toronto Hakka Chinese Conference to discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. As the mystery of their grandfather’s life unfolds, the trio travels to Jamaica, to learn about grandfather’s life.

Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Together, they visit their family’s ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather’s Chinese descendants. Paula Madison will discuss her film and her journey in finding Samuel Lowe.