San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization. The museum was founded in 1996 by the San Diego Chinese Historical Society under the leadership of its first three presidents: Sally Wong, Tom Hom, and Dr. Alexander Chuang. Charles Tyson donated the museum's current building, originally a Chinese mission located at 645 First Avenue, and in 1991, the City of San Diego graciously provided a piece of land in the original Chinatown area where the museum now resides.
Since opening in 1996, the museum has presented more than 47 exhibits highlighting the rich tradition of Chinese culture and history in San Diego and the world. The museum also features a library of books on Chinese culture and a tranquil garden with koi pond.
Annual and life-time memberships are available to the society and museum. As a privately funded, nonprofit organization, the museum depends upon the generosity of its members.
The mission of SDCHM is to collect, preserve, and share the Chinese American experience and Chinese history, culture, and art to educate our diverse community and its visitors.
Chen Changfen began photographing the Great Wall in 1965 while working for the Chinese Civil Aviation Company. Through the tumultuous years that followed, this project became a labor of love rather than a mere occupation.
Chen has traveled rugged mountain trails and braved inclement to capture the wall in all its manifestations, returning to some sections more than one hundred times. Chen prints some photographs on rice paper to capture traditional Chinese aesthetics, conveying the perseverance of Chinese civilization and the enigmatic philosophy of Taoism. It is easy to see why Time magazine named him one of the ten preeminent photographers in the 150 years since the invention of the camera.
Co-sponsored by National University College of Letters and Sciences & the Society for Phenomenology and Media.
Exhibit runs July 19 to September 19.
Stamped — China Proclaims Its Changing of the Guard
The Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) was not just about ideology and combat — hyperinflation during the war years also played a crucial role in allowing Mao Zedong’s Communist Army to triumph over Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang Nationalist Army.
This exhibit features actual mailed envelopes with postage stamps of the period, as well as currency, photographs, and documents that graphically illustrate this time of tremendous social upheaval.
Exhibit runs August 16 to October 31.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 p.m.
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