Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley

CHCP’s traveling exhibit, Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley, is a 14-panel color display depicting the history and contributions of the Chinese in Santa Clara Valley through photographs and text. Produced by CHCP in 2011, and created by Gordon Chun Design of Berkeley, California, the 14 panels mount on two sides of a folding display unit that stands 7 feet tall and about 15 feet across.

CHCPtravelingExhibitPioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley, premiered on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park, San Jose.  Each panel was hung individually in the Pacific Hotel Gallery through January 30, 2012.

Following it’s premiere, the traveling exhibit was displayed at the following locations:

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters – April-May 2016
  • Stanford Archaeology Center – April-July 2015
  • Cupertino Historical Society and Museum – January-April 2015
  • Saratoga Historical Museum – July-October 2014
  • Berryessa, Martin Luther King Jr. and Vineland Branches of the San Jose Public Libraries – February-March-April 2014
  • CHCP 25th Anniversary Celebration GALA @ Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara – January 12, 2013
  • 6 Branches (Almaden, Santa Teresa, Hillview, Edenvale, West Valley,Willow Glen) of the San Jose Public Libraries – June-December 2012
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library – April-May 2012
  • Los Gatos Historical Museum – January-March 2012

The traveling exhibit was featured in the San Jose Mercury News on July 2, 2014 in an article titled:  Saratoga: Exhibit explores story of Chinese immigrants.

The traveling exhibit was also featured in a video, “The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley”, produced by Juliette Bettencourt in 2014.  Watch the video below:

Corporations, community centers, organizations, and schools are welcome to reserve the traveling exhibit for display. Contact Chris Jochim, CHCP Secretary, at