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Chinese Historical Society of America Celebrates 50th Anniversary Year

February 5, 2013 – San Francisco, CA: The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) ( celebrates its 50th Anniversary Year in 2013 and will mark this important milestone with special events throughout the year with FREE admission throughout the month of February 2013. 


For 50 years, the Chinese Historical Society of America ( has explored the social, cultural and political history of Chinese Americans through publications, on-site and traveling exhibitions, and educational and public programs. In 2001, CHSA moved into the Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building at 965 Clay Street in San Francisco, which it gently renovated and adapted for use as CHSA headquarters and history museum. As the largest artifact in the CHSA collection, this landmark tells a tremendous story of the resilience of the Chinese community during the Exclusion era, sustaining a vibrant community life in San Francisco’s Chinatown.


“As CHSA marks its 50th anniversary, we look forward to launching new approaches to present stories about the experiences of Chinese in America,” said CHSA executive director Sue Lee. “We hope to inspire a new generation to speak out and stand up as engaged citizens. We’ll continue to celebrate throughout the year, including our annual fundraising Gala on September 21, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel.”


Upcoming programs and events include:


February 16, Saturday – Book Talk by Grace Young

1pm, FREE - CHSA Museum, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108, 415-391-1188

To celebrate the Year of the Snake, acclaimed Chinese American food writer Grace Young gives a presentation of her cookbook, STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY’S EDGE, winner of the James Beard Best International Cookbook Award. Grace’s latest book celebrates and demystifies the art of wok cooking with simple recipes from across the world. Included are fascinating oral histories from home cooks on traditional Chinese stir-fries and all the essentials you need to honor the traditions of wok cookery. Grace will also share Chinese New Year culinary customs and superstitions.


February 23, Saturday – Celebrate the Year of the Snake at CHSA

11am-4pm, FREE - CHSA, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108, 415-391-1188

Usher in the New Year at CHSA with a full day of family activities that include:

- 11am, Dragon dance

- 11am-4pm, Special Exhibition "Hats Off: A Playful Collection of Chinese Children's Hats" showing vintage Chinese children’s hats recently donated to the CHSA collection from Leslie Selcow in honor of Jade Snow Wong. See how young children were dressed to celebrate the New Year in their fantastic hats!

- 1pm, Crafts for Children - Make your own hat inspired by the vintage hats.

- 2:30pm, Miss Janet the Planet and Uncle Charlie with Songs, Jokes, Puppets and Fun for ages 4 and up. Playing the concertina and er hu, they will celebrate children’s songs in English, Mandarin and Spanish.


March 9, Saturday – Talk by Sally Yu Leung: Understand the symbols and motifs used in vintage Chinese Children’s hats

1pm, FREE - CHSA Museum, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108, 415-391-1188

Sally Yu Leung, author of HIDDEN MEANINGS IN CHINESE CHILDRENS CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES, will explain many of the symbols in the CHSA’s new historic collection of Chinese children’s hats.


March 2013 - CHSA Members receive special rates at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to view "China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy."


The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) ( is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Founded in 1963, CHSA has been located since 2001 in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, 94108. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, and Saturdays 11am–4pm. (Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays.) In celebration of CHSA’s 50th anniversary, admission is FREE throughout the months of January and February 2013.


Further information is available by calling (415) 391-1188 x101, or at