Museum tells story of Chinese immigrants
Friday, June 3, 2005 Posted: 11:38 AM EDT (1538 GMT)
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- With $1,000 and a stubborn desire to build a museum for Chinese-Americans, Chuimei Ho and five others took their message to the streets, speaking at small gatherings about the rich history of Chicago's Chinatown.
"They were free, and we wanted to show we were serious about Chinatown history," Ho said. "And I guess we found the right notes to sing."
Their monthly lectures led to donations of money, a building and antiques from local families.
Three years and $1 million later, the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago opened its doors inside a former wholesale warehouse in mid May.
The museum's first exhibit, "Paper Sons: Chinese in the Midwest, 1870-1945," introduces visitors to the history of Chinatown and the Chinese-Americans who settled there. It tells their story through immigration papers, a sugar bowl from one of Chicago's first Chinese restaurants, a replica of a Chinese laundry, inlaid rosewood chairs and about 150 photographs.
"This is a sampling dish," said Ho, the museum's president. The exhibit presents portions of future exhibits the museum hopes to offer.
New museum in Chicago Chinatown
Posted 05 June 2005 - 12:51 PM
"We Vandals get blamed for stuff that was actually done by some errant Lombard or Visigoth"
"Nationalism is much about forgetting as it is about remembering"
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Posted 05 June 2005 - 09:23 PM
Hope to be able to visit it one day.
Posted 06 June 2005 - 10:06 AM
Hats of the the Chuimei Ho and Five plus the funding supporters.
the visibility of the Chinese-American Museum to Huayi, Huaren
and other Asians, is a morale bosster
an important means to ensure our's progenies' awareness of their roots.
for other Americans, an insight into a culture
that they once considered inferior [ coolies and c*****s ]
Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:30 AM
Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:47 AM
I dropped in while on a visit to the USA. There was a fire a few years ago and it has been completely refurbished with the help of the Chicago city government. There are many small attractive displays covering a variety of topics and even a theaterette with a 20 minute documentary. Of particular interest were: descriptions of the original Chinatown, veterans of American wars and a small book shop behind the reception counter. Entrance is free with a suggested donation of $5.
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