Past Events

04/27/19 Flower Drum Song @ Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto

By Edith Gong, 2019 CHCP Director

CHCP was honored to be selected as Palo Alto Player’s Gives Back Community Partner for the production of Flower Drum Song, which ran from April 26 – May 12.  CHCP provided part of its traveling exhibit, which was on display throughout the three week run, in the lobby of the Lucie Stern Community Theater.  CHCP Officers, Directors, Trustees, Advisory members and general members attended each performance, while doing double duty as ambassadors sharing CHCP’s mission, programs and information about the Chinese American Historical Museum.

PA Players offered CHCP members a $10 discount on all performances and that sparked a great deal of interest in their 13+ performances.  The run was an incredible success with the final week selling out. PA Players received critical acclaim from multiple media outlets including the Mercury News and Broadway World.  The all Asian cast was from all over the Bay Area – the female lead was a Senior from Homestead high school.  PA Players Managing Director, Elizabeth Santana, mentioned that this was the highest attendance for any performance all season and was pleased with the community support for the show.  She was impressed by the traveling exhibit and the professionalism and support of the CHCP Board members.

As a Gives Back Community Partner, CHCP received half of the donations collected during the entire run of Flower Drum Song.  Thanks to the hard work of 20 CHCP volunteers, we received a check from Palo Alto Players for $2,557 – one of the highest amounts ever raised for a community partner!

Thanks to all the CHCP volunteers and friends of members who attended the performances and to the volunteers who shared information about CHCP before, during intermission and after the performances.  Without your support, we wouldn’t have been so successful!

04/17/19 Student Docent Tour @ Stanford University

04/07/19 Ching Ming Exhibit @ CAH Museum

03/10/19 Railroad Art Exhibit & Speaker Series @ Milpitas Library

Video Part 1 – American Society for Contemporary Chinese Painting:

Video Part 2 – CA Assemblyman Kansen Chu, Artists, and Author Tim Myers:

Video Part 3 – CA State Park Interpreter/Historian/Manager Phil Sexton:

Video Part 4 – CA State Park Interpreter/Historian/Manager Phil Sexton (cont.):

03/10/19 Traveling Exhibit @ Milpitas Library

Feb 2019 ROAM Museums @ Los Angeles

By Elyse Wong, 2019 CHCP Advisory Board Member

While staying in Los Angeles in February 2019, I decided to take advantage of my CHCP Patron membership, which includes ROAM membership, to attend four ROAM museums in the LA area:

The GRAMMY Museum (GM) had a very impressive collection of costumes and musical instruments of many famous musicians such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.  Among my favorites were Michael Jackson’s costumes, including his famous sequined glove. There was also an impressive room of GRAMMY awards from years past, so one could compare how the award changed through the years. The special traveling exhibit showing at that time was the costumes of Dolly Parton, who is not just a country music legend, but also a fashion icon. Her costumes were all glitter and glitz, and showed off her petite, but very curvy, figure.

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) was a somber, but educational experience showing years of Japanese American history, in particular the Japanese internment during World War II. Among the notable artifacts on display is part of an original Heart Mountain barracks, saved and preserved from the internment camp in Wyoming. Another interesting example of political incorrectness of those times was a copy of an article that described how to distinguish a man of Japanese descent from a man of Chinese descent. There was also a fun traveling exhibit of Japanese toys from Japanese toy collector and designer Mark Nagata.

The University of Southern California’s Pacific Asia Museum (PAM) is located in Pasadena. It is a small museum but has a nice collection of Asian costumes, artwork, artifacts, and a small serene Asian garden. The museum building itself is in the Imperial Palace Courtyard style, and in 1989 was declared a Historical Landmark by the State of California.

The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a little known museum located in El Segundo, a suburb of Los Angeles. Unlike most auto museums, where you can only look and not touch, this museum allows you to sit in most of their automobiles. On Sundays, you can even take a ride in a selection of automobiles. There is also a 1950’s style ice cream parlor where you can enjoy an ice cream sundae or another ice cream indulgence!

Hope this encourages you to become a CHCP Patron Member and visit some ROAM museums!

For a detailed list of participating ROAM museums, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/roammuseums/home/list-of-roam-museums

02/18/19 Blessing Ceremony @ Japantown Development Site

02/17/19 Chinese New Year Celebration @ History Park SJ

02/15/19 Traveling Exhibit @ Westfield Valley Fair Mall

02/14/19 Campbell Sr. Center History Class Tour of CAH Museum