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  • April 10, 2024 3:39 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

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    The South Bay Historic Chinese American Cemetery Corporation (SBHCACC) had their annual Ching Ming ceremony on April 6th at the Historic Chinese American Cemetery in San Jose.

    CHCP was a sponsor for this event and presented paper ingots for ceremonial offerings and participated in the reading of the names of those buried there. CHCP participants attending included: VP of Education Chris Jochim, Directors Kimberly Eng Lee and Brenda Hee Wong, Advisory Board member Michael Chan, and Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP) members Owen Lee, Beatrice Lee, and Elaine Zou.

  • March 29, 2024 4:39 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    SDCAP Member/Project Leader Sophia Zhang Sophia Zhang with Audience Members SDCAP Member Vanessa Lam

    By Brenda Hee Wong, CHCP Director and SDCAP Chair

    For Women's Heritage Day at History Park, CHCP screened several short videos celebrating contributions and accomplishments of Chinese women from the past and the present. The videos were created by members of CHCP's Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP).

    Everyone in attendance said they learned something new or learned more about the notable, trailblazing Chinese women of historical or contemporary influence. Very personable and animated interactions by SDCAP Members Sophia Zhang (project leader) and Vanessa Lam were made with the rapt audience.

  • March 05, 2024 6:42 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    CHCP Dragon Dance Team Hoong the DragonDragon and Lion Dance Teams

    Lion DanceMartial Artists with Miss SF Chinatown 2022Children's Performance

    Dance GroupDance Group Chinese Yo-Yo Performance

    Children's CraftsChinese Calligraphy Chinese Books

  • January 30, 2024 5:40 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from 01/29/24 Education Week:

    By Sarah Elia

    Sarah Elia is an English-as-a-new-language teacher in the Saugerties, N.Y., school district. She sometimes also teaches Chinese enrichment classes to elementary students.

    New York announced last fall that all its public schools will have a day off for Lunar New Year starting in the coming school year. Schools in the Empire State will thus be joining those in districts in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and elsewhere that already officially recognize the holiday. The day off for students is part of growing school attention to a celebration important in many Asian nations and among people of Asian descent in the United States.

    For more information: Read the full 01/29/24 Education Week opinion piece.

  • January 28, 2024 4:06 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from the 01/28/24 San Jose Mercury News:

    By Sal Pizarro, Bay Area News Group

    The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project had a lot to celebrate at its anniversary dinner Wednesday night at China Stix restaurant in Santa Clara, an event that doubled as an early Chinese New Year party. Co-founder Gerrye Wong said that membership in the group dropped dramatically during the pandemic to less than 70 people, but President David Yick made bumping those numbers up a priority — and the membership rolls now top 300. Nearly all of them seemed to have packed the restaurant, where they heard a keynote from retired KGO-TV newsman David Louie.

    Yick says the next goal is to recruit enough docents to allow the CHCP’s museum, housed in a replica of the Ng Shing Gung temple at San Jose’s History Park, to open to visitors every weekend. Go to www.chcp.org to find out more.

  • January 27, 2024 5:54 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    2024 Board of Directors 2024 Advisory Board

    By Gerrye Wong, CHCP Co-Founder and Trustee

    The CHINESE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PROJECT had a grand celebration honoring the new 2024 Board of Directors and Advisory Board installed at the China Stix Restaurant. Around 200 members and guests renewed their support of CHCP that evening. A fine banquet meal was served to all, with dinner being complimentary for membership renewals and new enrollees that evening. 

    Guest Speaker David LouieGuest Speaker of the evening was retired ABC Reporter David Louie who spoke of his journey from age 5 to his retirement with 50 years in the television industry. He recalled the lack of Asian reporters in media as far back as the 1970s, and the difficulties so many of the Asian industry pioneers faced to get recognized and on the air.  Louie recalled that of his many stories, the one interview that stands out in his mind was being the first to interview Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta following the 9/11 airplane attacks and covering Mineta’s public declaration of the grounding of all planes on that fateful day. He recalled being in the center of so many Bay Area happenings, such as the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and having the experience of being one of the first newsmen to enter China after President Richard Nixon’s China visit which opened that country to the United States and the outside world.

    Media Honorees: Dion Lim, Robert Handa, Sal PizarroMembers of the media acknowledged that evening for their media coverage and active support of CHCP were: ABC reporter Dion Lim, NBC reporter Robert Handa, and Bay Area News SJ Mercury columnist Sal Pizarro.

    KTSF reporter Christina Chow, Ding Ding TV CEO Diana Ding, and former US Congressman Mike Honda were also in the audience to show support of all the works CHCP has done for over 35 years in San Jose.

    Dragon Eye Dotting CeremonyDirector Mike Mak Leads the DragonCHCP’s new dragon had its inaugural appearance led with much fanfare by Board member Mike Mak. Following Chinese tradition, the body and especially the eye of the dragon were dotted in red to bring good fortune, health and blessings to CHCP supporting members in 2024 Year of the Dragon. The eye dotting ceremony was followed by 50 raffle prizes awarded to many happy members by Board member Peter Young and Advisory Board member Joshua Zhang.

    Advisory Board Member Josephine Kong and Director Edith Gong Advisory Board Member Teddy SueCo-VP Ingrid Lai, Advisory Board Members Gloria Hom and Pinki Fung

    SDCAP Member Beatrice Lee displays Summit Tunnels Site Literature Advisory Board Member Teddy Sue and CA State Parks Interpreter/Historian Phil Sexton It took a team of a complete board and dedicated SDCAP student volunteers to produce a wonderful program telling of our own history and encouraging the audience to support the Preservation of the Summit Tunnels Site which was constructed by Chinese railroad workers and is an important part of California's history.

    It was a grand start to a good year for CHCP in continued sharing of Chinese American history and culture to its Santa Clara Valley citizens. The goal of the group is to open their wonderful Chinese American Historical Museum every Saturday of the year so more people can view the historic 1800s altar used by Chinese immigrants as their temple of worship, Chinese school and hostel. The CHCP museum is located in History Park San Jose and welcomes all to come and learn about the proud history of our forefathers in Santa Clara Valley.

    View a short video of the Membership Dinner, courtesy of Ding Ding TV:

  • January 19, 2024 6:15 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    SDCAP New Year Social Various DumplingsTang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls)

    Making Bookmarks Playing Board GamesPaper Folding

    By Metrica Shi, 2023-2024 Student Docent Cultural Ambassador

    Happy 2024! Over 20 adults and students in SDCAP kicked off 2024 with the New Year's Social on Sunday, January 14th. Members learned to create various crafts, played various board games, and engaged in lively conversations over festive snacks. Thank you everyone for joining us and making this student-hosted event a success!

  • January 09, 2024 5:58 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    Click to enlargeOn January 5, 2024, a Civil Rights Roundtable was chaired by Congressman Ro Khanna of California's 17th Congressional District, to hear the history of civil rights advocacy in Silicon Valley and what each participant has been doing in the area of social justice awareness and advocacy. Also discussed were action items they and Congressman Khanna could do in 2024 to improve social justice for the community.

    CHCP Director Brenda Wong was honored to be invited to be one of the roundtable participants that included SJ District Attorney Jeff Rosen, SJSU Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice Jamel Williams, Avi Singh of the SCC Public Defender's Office, Carlos Rosario of the SCC Black Lawyers Association, and SCC District Attorney Alex Adams.

    At the roundtable, Brenda highlighted some of the recent film and curriculum initiatives by CHCP's Student Docent & Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP).

  • January 05, 2024 3:46 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    CHCP shared Chinese winter solstice traditions and children's holiday crafts at the Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM) for History Park's Children's Heritage Holiday event on December 16, 2023.

  • November 17, 2023 5:41 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

    CHCP Members Doris and Chuck Chan visit the Paper Son Soldiers Exhibit WWII Veteran Richard Wong poses for a photoUSS Hornet

    Items from WWII Veterans Benson and Richard Wong WWII Veteran Richard Wong's Bugle Click to enlarge

    The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the community sponsor for a new exhibit, "Paper Son Soldiers," that opened on Veterans Day, November 11, 2023. The exhibit tells the story of two brothers, Benson and Richard Wong, whose journey through Angel Island and enlistment in the US military demonstrate the commitment and sacrifice Chinese Immigrants made to America during WWII. 

    Learn more about "Paper Son Soldiers" on AIISF's Vault blog here.

    Richard Wong is one of the 4 Chinese American WWII Veterans featured in CHCP's documentary, "Our Story of War and Remembrance." View and listen to Richard Wong starting at time 2:20 in the short version of the documentary:

Museum Address:

History Park
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112

In Ng Shing Gung Building

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PO Box 5366
San Jose, CA 95150-5366

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