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Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History

Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History will tell the origin story of historical societies, museums, and organized projects that document and make public the history of Chinese throughout America. 

October 17, 2019 10:00am to March 22, 2020 5:00pm

This first-of-its-kind survey exhibition is part of our year-long initiative to commemorate the contributions of Chinese railroad workers in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. Our goal is to showcase the breadth, depth, and investment of organized documentation and collection of Chinese history in America. Through this project we hope to expand the dialogue, strengthen connections, and increase collaborative work among these organizations. For Gathering, MOCA will be working closely with 1882 Foundation and its 50 Objects Project, through the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story digital platform.


Participating Organizations (as of 7/8/19):

Chinese American Museum of Chicago
Mai Wah Society (Butte, MT)
Chinese American Museum Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Chinese Historical Society of New England (Boston)
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (Los Angeles)
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (San Francisco)
Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco)
Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site (John Day, OR)
Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum (Cleveland, MS)
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience (Seattle, WA)
San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum (San Diego)
Walk of Remembrance (Monterey, CA)
Portland Chinatown Museum (Portland, OR)
Chinese American Museum of Northern California (Marysville, CA)
Chinese Bunkhouse Preservation Project (Fremont, CA)

Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (San Jose, CA)
Hawaii Chinese History Center (Honolulu, HI)
Temple of Kwan Tai (Mendocino, CA)
Locke Foundation (Locke, CA)
China Alley Preservation Society (Hanford, CA)
Save Our Chinatown Committee (Riverside, CA)
Augusta Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Augusta, GA)
Asociacion China de Mexicali (Mexicali Baja California, Mexico)
Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse/Lahaina Restoration Foundation (Lahaina, HI)


January 23, 2020 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a short reading and discussion with Jeff Wasserstrom on his new book on Hong Kong.

March 2, 2020 - 5:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk with Teng Biao, a legal scholar and well-known human rights activist.