Chinese American Museum

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Chinese American Museum
華美博物館
Chinese American Museum Logo.jpg
Chinese American Museum.jpg
Established1984
Location425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA
Coordinates34°03′21″N 118°14′21″W / 34.055832°N 118.239103°W / 34.055832; -118.239103Coordinates: 34°03′21″N 118°14′21″W / 34.055832°N 118.239103°W / 34.055832; -118.239103
TypeChinese-American experience
and history in Southern California
WebsiteChinese American Museum official site

The Chinese American Museum (Chinese: 華美博物館; abbreviated CAM) is a museum located in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. It is dedicated to the history and experience of Chinese Americans in the state of California, the first such museum in Southern California. It presents exhibits of fine art by Chinese American artists as well as historical exhibits.

Planning for the museum began in October 1984, with the grand opening taking place on December 18, 2003.

The museum is housed in the Garnier Building, the oldest surviving Chinese building in Southern California. The original Los Angeles Chinatown was located here before it was moved to New Chinatown for the construction of Los Angeles Union Station.[1]

It is funded by the State of California, the City of Los Angeles, Friends of the Chinese American Museum, the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, the Getty Foundation,[2] the El Pueblo Association, the Center for Chinese Medicine, and hundreds of other donors.

Exhibits[edit]

A permanent exhibit at the museum is the recreation of the Hing Yuen Hong Chinese Herb Shop of yesteryear. Another permanent exhibit opened on December 13, 2012 is "Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles", celebrating the growth and development of Cantonese American enclaves from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Valley.

Past exhibits have included "Sunshine and Shadow: In Search of Jake Lee", showcasing the 60 watercolor work of prolific artist Jake Lee; "Milton Quon's Los Angeles" (2005-2006); "The Art of Diana Shui-In Wong" (2006); and "Tyrus Wong (Chinese: 黃齊耀): A Retrospective" (2004), who was one of the earliest and most influential Chinese American artists.[3]

  • The exhibit on "Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection" was opened on October 23, 2009. It was based on Arthur Dong's Hollywood Chinese documentary that was broadcast on PBS on May 27, 2009. The documentary, a study of more than 90 years of Chinese Americans in films, ranging from the first Chinese American film The Curse of Quon Gwon that was produced in 1916 to Ang Lee's 2005 Brokeback Mountain. It closed on November 7, 2010.
  • "Remembering Angel Island", commemorating the centennial anniversary of the opening of the immigration station in California, July 16, 2010 – January 31, 2012.[4]
  • Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration, December 10, 2010 – December 18, 2011. This exhibition showcased local artists exploring the tensions, repercussions, hopes, and dreams of immigrant communities in the face of new immigration legislation, through a broad spectrum of art including street art, graffiti art, sculptures, painting and multimedia installations. Artists included: Augustine Kofie, Cache, Eriberto Oriol, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Eyeone, K. Lovich, Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde, Joel “rage.one” Garci, John Carlos De Luna, LeHumanBeing, Oscar Magallanes, Patrick Martinez, Sand One, Shepard Fairey, Shark Toof, O.G. Slick, Swank, and Tempt.
  • Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980), January 19, 2012 – June 3, 2012. Part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, this exhibition showcased the achievements of four pioneering Chinese American architects whose contributions were critical to the development of Los Angeles’ urban and visual landscape between 1945 and 1980. The exhibit focused on the lives and work of Eugene Kinn Choy, Gilbert L. Leong, Helen Liu Fong, and Gin D. Wong, FAIA, four architects who played pivotal roles in the development of Mid-Century Modern and Googie Architecture movements, unique to California's Post-War architectural renaissance.[5]
  • LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, March 13-July 12, 2014. This art exhibition explored the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles. The exhibit included a curated selection of artwork from artists of diverse backgrounds passionate and reflective about notions of identity, community, and foodways. Participating artists included: Edith Beaucage, Erik Benjamins, Audrey Chan, Ching Ching Cheng, The Chung!!, Chris Christion, Clayton Brothers, Eye One, Gajin Fujita, Daniel Gonzalez, Pato Hebert, Michael C. Hsiung, Phung Huynh, Tomo Isoyama, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Sandra Low, Trinh Mai, Patrick Martinez, Michael Massenburg, Kwanchai Moriya, Jose Ramirez, Yoshie Sakai, Jose Sarinana, Sand One, Shark Toof, Sket, Slick, Henry Taylor, Werc.[6]

Events[edit]

Chinese New Year Celebration[edit]

During the Chinese New Year celebration each year, a Lantern Festival is held at the museum, featuring live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, Chinese knotting, and dance performances.[7] "Long Story Short", a documentary on actress Jodi Long's family, was shown at the 8th Annual festival which was held on February 7, 2009.[8] The 2013 Lantern Festival was held Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Historymakers Awards[edit]

Each year, the museum sponsors the annual Historymakers Awards Banquet, which "honors extraordinary individuals who have made a significant impact or contribution towards the advancement of the Chinese American community and beyond." A 2009 honoree was Lisa Lu (Chinese: 盧燕), Chinese-American actress and documentary producer for excellence in film and entertainment.[9]

CAMLA Historymakers Award Honorees
No. Date Visionary[a] Lifetime Achievement[b] Arts & Entertainment Individual Corporate Justice & Leadership Community & Giving President[c]
1[9]
(1997)
Oct 22, 1997 Charles Woo[d] Hon. March Fong Eu[e]
Peter Woo[d] Hon. Matthew Fong[e]
J. Paul Getty Trust[f] Larry Wong[g]
2[9]
(1998)
Oct 6, 1998 Dan Louie, Jr., Ph.D.[h] Bessie Loo[i] Cathay Bank[d] Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association[j]
Iris Chang[f] Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association[k]
3[9]
(1999)
Sep 11, 1999 Albert Quon[l] Michelle Kwan[m] Charles Sie[n] Friends of the Chinatown Library[j]
4[9]
(2000)
Nov 17, 2000 You Chung Hong Joan Chen[o] Gareth Chang[p] Chinese Historical Society of Southern California[q] Deborah Ching[j]
5[9]
(2001)
Dec 9, 2001 Billy Lew[r] Nancy Kwan[s] Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew[t]
Tyrus Wong[o]
6[9]
(2002)
Nov 9, 2002 Gerald Jann Steven Chu[u] Hon. Delbert Wong[t] Dolores Wong[v]
Bing Liu[w]
Caroline Hsu[x]
7[9]
(2003)
Sep 21, 2003 Munson A. Kwok, Ph.D. Jackie Chan[i] Dominic Ng[p] Gilbert Cedillo[e] Dr. Annie Chin Siu[y]
Peter Paanakker Estate[z]
Henry C. Lee, Ph.D.[t]
Lisa See[aa]
8[9]
(2004)
Sep 10, 2004 Leroy & Carol Baca Wilbur Woo Antonio Villaraigosa[e]
Debra W. Yang[t]
9[9]
(2005)
Sep 10, 2005 Joseph and Betty Wong William Chun-Hoon Andrew and Peggy Cherng[ab] Kenjohn Wang[ac] Lucille Roybal-Allard[e]
No. Date Visionary[a] Lifetime Achievement[b] Arts & Entertainment Individual Corporate Justice & Leadership Community & Giving President[c]
10[9]
(2006)
Sep 10, 2006 Robert and Edith Jung Tim Dang[i] Assy. Judy Chu[e] Rev. Dr. Hoover Wong[j]
C.Y. Lee[ad]
11[9]
(2007)
Sep 9, 2007 Lai Y. Lillian Lee Jang Southern California Council of Chinese School Southern California Edison[ae] John Chiang[e]
Stewart Kwoh, Esq.[t]
12[10]
(2008)
Sep 7, 2008 Arthur Dong[af] Lisa Ling[ag] Union Bank of California[ae] Jim Tsai[j]
Pacific Alliance Medical Center, Inc.[ah]
13[11]
(2009)
Sep 20, 2009 Jean Bruce Poole Lisa Lu[ai] Matthew Lin[g] Paul Tea[j]
14[12]
(2010)
Sep 19, 2010 Kong Chow Benevolent Association Dr. S.Y. Wong Blake Chow[aj] Avery Dennison[ae] Dr. Tim Siu[j]
15[13]
(2011)
Sep 22, 2011 Gin D. Wong, FAIA Hwei Chih Cheng Sun[ak] Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California[al] The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles[am]
16[14]
(2012)
Sep 27, 2012 Latham & Watkins, LLP Chinese American Citizens Alliance Tom McKernan & The Automobile Club of Southern California[ae] Carol Liu[e] Carl K. Moy, MD[an]
17[15]
(2013)
Sep 12, 2013 Kin Hui Charles W. Wong[ao] David Henry Hwang[ap] Michael F. Eng[aq] Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment[j]
18[16]
(2014)
Sep 25, 2014 Ming Hsieh David Fon Lee Kenneth Chin-Ming Lo[ar] Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary[ae] Dr. James Bok Wong and Betty KC Yeow[as] Board of Directors, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals[at]
19[17]
(2015)
Sep 17, 2015 Greg Penske Jeffrey G. Chan Paula Madison[au] Enterprise Rent-A-Car[ae] Dr. Ina Chan Un Chan, BBS[av]
No. Date Visionary[a] Lifetime Achievement[b] Arts & Entertainment Individual Corporate Justice & Leadership Community & Giving President[c]
20[18]
(2016)
Sep 15, 2016 Susanna & Evans Lam Bill Imada Fresh Off the Boat[i] Gang Ding[ar] Kent Wong[t] Esther Woo Jan[aw]
21[19]
(2017)
Sep 14, 2017 Assy. Ed Chau Dunson K. Cheng Milton Quon[o] Nissan North America Inc.[ae] T.G. Wing Chow, M.D.[an] Leo Chu[av]
22[20]
(2018)
Sep 13, 2018 Winston and Joanne Young Dr. Kang L. Wang Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco[ax] Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation[as] Hong Kong Schools Alumni Federation Scholarship Foundation[ay]
23[21]
(2019)
Sep 19, 2019 Elizabeth Yang Suellen Cheng Morning Light Foundation[az] Linda Liu Sun[as] Linda Moy[av] Doré Hall Wong
24[22]
(2020)
Oct 20, 2020 Judge Dolly Gee Helen Zia Mei Wah Lau[ba][bb] Los Angeles Times[bc] Hilda Solis[bd] Jim Jang
Asian American Journalists Association–LA Chapter[be] Renee Tajima-Peña[bf]
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Visionary Award (named for Lew starting in 2007)[9]
  2. ^ a b c Dr. Dan S. Louie Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award (simply the Dan Louie, Jr. Award from 2003–2006)[9]
  3. ^ a b c President's Award
  4. ^ a b c Excellence in Business
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Excellence in Government Award
  6. ^ a b Service to History
  7. ^ a b Excellence in Leadership
  8. ^ Founders' Award
  9. ^ a b c d Excellence in Entertainment
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Excellence in Community Service
  11. ^ Excellence in Community Empowerment
  12. ^ Also received Excellence in Business
  13. ^ Excellence in Sports
  14. ^ Excellence in Science & Engineering
  15. ^ a b c Excellence in the Arts
  16. ^ a b Excellence in Business Leadership
  17. ^ Distinguished Service Award
  18. ^ Also received Excellence in Community Service
  19. ^ Excellence in the Performing Arts
  20. ^ a b c d e f Excellence in Law and Justice Award
  21. ^ Excellence in Science
  22. ^ Excellence in Community Leadership and Volunteerism
  23. ^ Excellence in Cultural Advancement in Letters
  24. ^ Special Youth Recognition
  25. ^ Excellence in Medicine
  26. ^ Excellence in Cultural Advancement
  27. ^ Excellence in History
  28. ^ Excellence in Culinary Culture
  29. ^ Excellence in Business and Immigration
  30. ^ Excellence in Literary Arts
  31. ^ a b c d e f g Excellence in Corporate Leadership
  32. ^ Excellence in Film
  33. ^ Excellence in Journalism
  34. ^ Excellence in Healthcare
  35. ^ Excellence in Film and Entertainment
  36. ^ Excellence in Law Enforcement
  37. ^ Excellence in Education
  38. ^ Excellence in Science and Engineering
  39. ^ Community Impact Award
  40. ^ a b Excellence in Medicine and Community Service
  41. ^ Also received Excellence in Architecture
  42. ^ Excellence in Arts and Letters
  43. ^ Excellence in Government Leadership
  44. ^ a b International Corporate Award
  45. ^ a b c Excellence in Community Leadership
  46. ^ Humanitarian Award
  47. ^ Chinese American Heritage & Legacy Award
  48. ^ a b c Excellence in Leadership and Philanthropy
  49. ^ Excellence in Community Services Award
  50. ^ Excellence in International Partnerships
  51. ^ Excellence in Philanthropy
  52. ^ Excellence in Global Education
  53. ^ Community Trailblazer Award
  54. ^ First female president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.
  55. ^ Societal Transformation Award
  56. ^ Courage in Leadership Award
  57. ^ Advocacy in Action Award
  58. ^ Champion for Justice Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angels Walk - Chinatown, Lisa See (writer), published by Angels Walk LA, 2003
  2. ^ Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program celebrates 15th anniversary. June 12, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Past exhibits at CAM Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Maria L. La Ganga, Pain, fear and longing: memories of Angel Island, Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2010
  5. ^ Wada, Karen (2012-02-01). "Chinese American architects were vital to Los Angeles' growth". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  6. ^ Buckley, Annie. "LA Heat". Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  7. ^ Lantern Festival 2007
  8. ^ CAM 2009 Lantern Festival Archived 2009-04-14 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Past Historymakers Honorees" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "12th Annual Historymakers Awards". Archived from the original on February 19, 2009.
  11. ^ "Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet (2009)". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on November 18, 2009.
  12. ^ "Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet (2010)". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  13. ^ "Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet (2011)". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "Annual Historymakers Awards Banquet (2012)". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013.
  15. ^ "Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2013)". Chinese American Museum. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013.
  16. ^ "18th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2014)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  17. ^ "19th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2015)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  18. ^ "20th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2016)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  19. ^ "21st Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2017)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  20. ^ "22nd Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2018)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  21. ^ "23rd Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2019)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  22. ^ "24th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2020)". Chinese American Museum. Retrieved 18 June 2021.

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