The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) is based in Santa Clara County, California. It was founded in 1987 by the late Lillian Gong-Guy and Gerrye Wong as a non-profit organization to promote and preserve Chinese American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach activities. The leadership of the organization is comprised of volunteers — Officers, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board. A Board of Trustees oversees the major maintenance of the Ng Shing Gung Museum with the City of San Jose and History San Jose.
CHCP’s first major project was to reconstruct the Ng Shing Gung, a religious and community center originally built in 1888 in San Jose’s “Heinlenville” settlement, the last Chinatown of San Jose. In 1991, CHCP donated the Ng Shing Gung Museum to the City of San Jose, making it available to the community at History Park, located in Kelley Park, San Jose. The museum building lower floor serves as a Chinese-American Museum telling the stories of the early Chinese pioneers in Santa Clara Valley. The second floor showcases the original 1888 gold-gilded altar and the five gods. The short documentary movie of the last Chinatown in San Jose, Home Base: A Chinatown Called Heinlenville, was directed by Jessica Yu, an Oscar-award winner, and can be viewed upstairs at the Ng Shing Gung Museum.
Mission and Programs
Promote, Educate, and Preserve Chinese and Chinese American history and culture in the Santa Clara County. In addition to the care and sharing of the Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM) in the Ng Shing Gung building at History Park San Jose, CHCP shares our stories with Outreach Activities.
Outreach Programs include: Heritage Education Link Program (HELP) Grants, “Pioneering the Valley” Traveling Exhibit, Golden Legacy Curriculum, and participation with Information Booths at Spirit of Japantown.
History is for Living ~ Learning is for Life !
2016 CHCP Officers, Directors at Large, Trustees & Advisory Board Members
President – Brenda Hee Wong
Vice President – Yvonne Ching, RPh
Secretary – Christian Jochim, PhD
Treasurer – Allan T. Low
Parliamentarian – Anita Wong Kwock, MA Ed
Board of Directors at Large
Liz Fong Chew
Lee Liu Chin
Sylvia C. Eng
Thomas Stutzman, JD
Hon. Patrick S. Kwok
Anita Wong Kwock, Governing Trustee
Advisory Board Members
Anita T. Chan, Celine Chan, Wesly K. Chan, DDS, Hon. Michael Chang, PhD, Rae Chang, Teresa Chao, Lee Min Chong, Carol Fong, Gloria Hom, PhD, Yucaipa Kwock, Jeffery Lee, DDS, Mon Lane Lee, Pearl Lee, Susan Lew Lee, RPh, Arthur W. Low, OD, Zeny Seid, David Shen, DDS, Candice Kwok Smith, Shirley L. Tarantino, Adam Tow, Barbara Why, Ann Wong, Elyse Wong, Hon. Gilbert Wong, Emily C. Yue, RDH, Connie Young Yu
AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS
Golden Legacy, a 300-page set of curriculum materials on Chinese and Chinese American culture, produced as a joint project of the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project and the San Jose Historical Museum (now History San Jose), won the 1994 Santa Clara County Reading Council Award. (These materials are now available on CD-ROM for a donation.)
Home Base: A Chinatown called Heinlenville, by Jessica Yu, an Oscar-winning producer of documentary films, was sponsored by the American Film Foundation in cooperation with CHCP and received the Bronze Apple Award at the 1992 National Educational Film and Video Festival, the American Association of Museum’s 1991 Silver Muse award, and CINE’s 1991 Golden Eagle award. (Home Base may be ordered separately or as a part of the Golden Legacy curriculum for a donation.)
In 1998, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) named CHCP the recipient of the Albert B. Corey Award, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state and regional history. The Albert B. Corey Award is reserved for very deserving, small, primarily volunteer-operated, historical organizations. This award is granted only when an organization meets the high standards of excellence set by Albert B. Corey, a founding member of the AASLHF, and therefore, is not awarded annually.
In 1999, CHCP received the following commendation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors:
WHEREAS, the Chinese Historical Cultural Project began in 1987 specifically to raise funds for the replication of Ng Shing Gung, the community and spiritual center of San Jose’s lost Chinatown called Heinlenville; and
WHEREAS, the Chinese Historical Cultural Project dedicated the Ng Shing Gung to the community in 1991; and
WHEREAS, the Chinese Historical Cultural Project, in 1993, produced the “Golden Legacy” curriculum based on Chinese cultures that provided enrichment to those Santa Clara County public elementary students it was donated to; and
WHEREAS, the Chinese Historical Cultural Project sponsors the annual Chinese Summer Festival; and
WHEREAS, the Chinese Historical Cultural Project established the Heinlen Award in 1995, designed to honor those from outside the Chinese American Community who have worked tirelessly within the Chinese community.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara does hereby commend the
CHINESE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PROJECT
PASSED AND ADOPTED, this Eleventh Day of May, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-nine by unanimous vote.
In 2016, the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Chinese American Historical Museum, CHCP received the following commendations from the California State Assembly, the City of San Jose, and the City of Saratoga (click on each commendation to enlarge):
"I remember going to the CHCP museum when I was a little girl, with my Grandmother. She would explain to me about our family history and I was excited to see images from past times. Thank you for all your wonderful images and what you do to protect our stories."- Anonymous, Silicon Valley