2023 Events

Sun., Dec. 17, 2023 | 12pm PDT

Family Day 2023

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us! Join the festivities as we conclude Our Shared Future Los Angeles with CAM Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th at the Chinese American Museum. Enjoy an afternoon filled with craft activities and live, multicultural entertainment. Explore the museum and check out our latest pop-up exhibition, Broken News. Attendees are also encouraged to visit the Japanese American National Museum and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for additional workshops, performances, and storytelling opportunities throughout the Downtown region.

Sun., Dec. 10, 2023 | 12:30pm PDT

A Special Performance by Nathan Wang

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Internationally acclaimed composer, director, and pianist Nathan Wang will perform on Sunday, Dec, 10, 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., in conjunction with the Chinese American Museum’s two-day symposium at the Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Entitled Never Forget: 1871, the composition is a musical re-telling of the story of the Chinese Massacre of 1871, which combines an ensemble of western and Chinese instruments accompanying voices in this premiere all Chinese-American cast.

Born in Los Angeles, Wang began playing the piano at age three. He is a multiple award-winner with two Emmy awards and this year was a recipient of CAM’s Historymakers award. He has composed music for producers on four continents, among them Jackie Chan and Steven Spielberg.

Sat. & Sun., Dec. 9-10, 2023 | 10:30am PDT

LA 1871 Symposium

“LA 1871” is a two-day symposium and special performance in conjunction with Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past that explores the history of race and racism in Chinatown and the greater Los Angeles area. LA 1871 will focus on the history of the Chinese Massacre of 1871—a tragic event that has been historically overlooked by the news media. Special guest speakers will explore the historical implications of the event and discuss the long-term impacts of the tragedy in parallel to our contemporary socio-political climate. A special musical performance by award-winning composer, Nathan Wang, invites audiences to experience the historical context of the tragedy and brings the program to a close.

The symposium will be held on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, from 10:30am – 2:30pm PDT.

Tues., Oct. 24, 2023 | 7:00pm PDT

The Commemoration of the Chinese Massacre of 1871

On Tuesday, October 24th, the Chinese American Museum will host our Annual Commemoration of the Los Angeles Chinese Massacre of 1871, in remembrance of the eighteen lives lost during the tragedy.  

Join us online or in-person at 7:00pm PDT, where we will be featuring remarks from keynote speaker Dr. José Zapata Calderón, a recognized author, activist, and professor. He will be addressing race and discrimination in today’s volatile social climate. Additionally, FCAM Board Chair Dr. Gay Yuen, will lead our annual candlelight vigil, followed by the traditional Chinese bowing ceremony to honor the spirits of the victims of the massacre. 

Registration is required beforehand, for both in-person and virtual attendees. Click here to register today.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Additional support comes from El Pueblo, C.A.C.A. Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California.

**Since 2010, FCAM has dedicated this day in remembrance of this solemn moment in American history with an event to commemorate the lives lost during this historical tragedy, while serving as a safe space for the reflection of contemporary issues involving race and xenophobia.

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for kindly donating wreaths for this event:

  • El Pueblo Historical Monument
  • Chinatown Service Center
  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Center
  • Asian Youth Center
  • The Sun Yat-Sen Center Foundation
  • The World Kwong-Tung Community Association, SoCal Chapter
  • The Kwok Family
  • Lai Lillian Lee Jang and Family
  • The Gin Family
  • Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
  • Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo
  • Assemblymember Mike Fong
  • The Honorable Mike Eng
  • Jeannie Wong, East West Florist

Sun., Aug. 27, 2023 | 10:30am PDT

Chinatown Film Walking Tour

The Chinese American Museum is proud to partner with The Big Read to host the “Chinatown Film Walk” on Sunday, August 27th, 10:30am – 1:00pm PDT.

The Film Walk will unpack the notorious use of Chinatown as a backdrop, resulting in creating stereotypes and misrepresentation of a crime ridden and lawless territory. Walk with Eugene Moy and David Castro as they guide the group through the neighborhood, sharing the historical context of each location to spark discussions about Chinese American representation in media.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to bring communities together, inspire conversation, and broaden our understanding of our world and ourselves. Learn more about the book by going to https://culturela.org/programs-and-initiatives/nea-big-read-los-angeles/.

Aug. 15, 2023 | 6:30pm PDT

Beyond the Page with Dr. Ed Eng

Join us for “Beyond the Page with Dr. Ed Eng” on Tuesday, August 15th @ 6:30pm PDT at the Chinese American Museum for the next installment of our “Beyond the Page” series. Dr. Eng will share his book “Accidental Mayor: A Collection of Stories from the Side Streets of Chinatown to the Main Street of City Hall.” Joined by moderator Eddie Yen, the two will discuss the lessons and themes of hope, hard work, community, and love in Dr. Eng’s best-selling book.  

June 3rd at 1pm PDT

Tea Talk Live / one hour sessions

“Tea Talk” is back and in-person! Join the Chinese American Museum and Wing Hop Fung, an Asian woman-led business and one of our corporate partners, for an incredible afternoon of learning. Participants will enjoy a hands-on tea experience guided by Wing Hop Fung tea experts!

Your ticket includes a custom gift box and a store discount on tea purchases for the day. Find your favorite teas and continue your tea journey at home! All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Chinese American Museum.

The 45-minute demonstration includes:

  • Introductory lesson on tea
  • GongFu tea demonstration
  • Hands-on tea session with traditional Chinese tea set
  • Audience Q&A

This event will conclude our “Tea Talk” series, a virtual program created by CAM & Wing Hop Fung. The series welcomes audiences to learn about the many facets of tea from renowned experts from around the world. Recordings of previous “Tea Talk” programs can be viewed on CAM’s YouTube channel.

May 31st at 6:30pm PDT

the boba show: a roundtable discussion

Join the Chinese American Museum for another AAPI Heritage Month program! On Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30pm PDT, CAM is digging into the deep-rooted history of boba. The roundtable discussion includes “the boba show” co-curator Dr. Juily Phun and food historian Dr. Yong Chen. Moderating the conversation is writer and journalist Esther Tseng. Explore the origin story of this cross-cultural phenomenon and the spaces boba has historically created in BIPOC communities and here, inside our museum!

“the boba show: history, diaspora, and a third space” is now on view at the Chinese American Museum.



Happy Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! CAM is celebrating with a special edition of Kids Storytime on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 at 4pm PDT. Guest author and founder of Bitty Bao Books, Lulu Cheng will join us and share some of their bilingual children’s books for this fun virtual program! Lulu will also teach the audience to make a fun dragon boat craft!


About the author:

Lulu Cheng was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the United States for college.  Her love of books and learning intensified as she followed her passion to become an elementary teacher. Once having her own children, she realized how important it was to her to raise them to be bilingual and biliterate. Her passion for passing on her language and culture to her own children sparked a fire inside of her to create Bitty Bao Bilingual Board Books.

Bitty Bao Books is co-founded by Lulu Cheng and Lacey Bernard.

“Kids Storytime” is hosted in partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library with stories read by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.

The Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is excited to present our annual New Year Festival! This year, CAM welcomes spring with Spring Fest 2023 (formerly known as Lantern Festival) on Saturday, March 4th from Noon to 5pm!

Bring your family and friends to the Chinese American Museum for an exciting day full of multicultural performances, family-friendly activities, and year of the rabbit inspired crafts.

Learn more about Spring Fest 2023 Here!

Join CAM for a new Kids Storytime Featuring Asian American Authors on Wednesday, February 22nd at 4pm PST. Miss Rita is reading How We Say I Love You by Nicole Chen.

About the book:
How do you tell your family that you love them? For Hana, love is all around her: Mom stirs love into a steaming pot of xifan. Dad cheers with love at her soccer game. So many families express their love in all they do for one another. Here is a book that wraps you in a hug and invites your family to share their own special ways of showing love.

This book is suited for ages 3-7, though we welcome children of all ages with parental supervision.

About the author:
Nicole has been sketching, designing, and writing stories all her life. In her day job as a product researcher, she collects consumer stories, then shares them with the companies she works for so they can design and develop delightful and useful experiences. Her experience growing up Taiwanese American in the Bay Area, plus the blend of Catalan, Spanish, Taiwanese and American influences in her home, energize her to tell stories that reflect a diverse and multicultural American identity.


the boba show: history, diaspora, & a third space

CAM was excited to present the opening reception of the boba show on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

the boba show traces the historic transformation from the cassava root native to South American soil to the beloved confection created in Taiwan before returning to the Americas and exploding into mainstream culture.

The show is co-curated by Dr. Juily Phun & JP/ Jason Pereira and features works from

  • Boone Nguyen
  • Crisselle
  • Dezcjon
  • Ellie Chen
  • JP / Jason Pereira
  • Nana
  • roldy aguero ablao
  • Samantha Tagaloa
  • Vivian Shih

Healing Circles: Open Dialogues for a Better Los Angeles

The Chinese American Museum is hosting LA For All Healing Circles: Open Dialogues for a Better Los Angeles. Facilitated by Dr. Wenli Jen of Integral Prudence Solutions, the virtual sessions for community conversations will explore the impacts of racial trauma, identity, systemic racism, and the increased violence towards the AAPI community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences and explore ways to heal together as a community.

Kids Storytime Featuring Asian American Authors with Oliver Chin

Join CAM in celebrating Lunar New Year by welcoming back “Kids Storytime Featuring Asian American Authors”! Tune in for the fun on Thursday, January 19th at 4pm PST for a special reading of “The Year of the Rabbit: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac” by author Oliver Chin!

About the book:
Born with very long ears, Rosie also has great sense for adventure. She wants new sights to see and plants to taste. After getting caught “visiting” a nearby vegetable garden, Rosie befriends the boy Jai. As other animals learn that she is an unusual bunny, will Rosie ever find that her ears come in handy? Enjoy this hare-raising tale!

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

“Kids Storytime Featuring Asian American Authors” is hosted virtually on Zoom in partnership with the Chinatown Branch Library focusing on Asian American themed stories shared by Children’s Librarian, Rita Law.