Press Release: ‘Chinese in the Richmond’ Open House April 24

From The Western Neighborhoods Project:


Historians seek to illuminate the lives of Chinese Americans on San Francisco’s west side by capturing community stories.

Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) are hosting a Community Open House to celebrate “Chinese in the Richmond,” a collaborative project that seeks to illuminate the lives of Chinese Americans on the west side. 

By weaving together recorded oral history interviews with primary resources, “Chinese in the Richmond” will produce a traveling interpretive exhibition and programming as well as an archive of transcripts for future researchers. It is also acts as a critical companion to the CHSA exhibition “Chinese in the Sunset” by completing a narrative path of westward migration, which first brought families to the Richmond on their way to the Sunset. Learn more at: https://chsa.org/2020/08/chinese-in-the-richmond/

This Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, in real life at the WNP office at 1617 Balboa St. Stop by to learn about “Chinese in the Richmond,” see a pop-up sidewalk exhibition of CHSA’s prior project, “Chinese in the Sunset,” and chat with CHSA project staff and WNP Board Members. Most importantly, they want to capture and preserve your history at this Open House. Bring photographs, mementos, and other ephemera to share and WNP will scan them within 60 days, returning your family treasures with a copy of the scans. 

This free event is made possible by California Humanities through a “Humanities for All” Project grant. Members of the general public will not be allowed inside the WNP office due to pandemic restrictions, and all attendees are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing with people from other households. 

Western Neighborhoods Project has preserved, interpreted, and shared the diverse history and culture of San Francisco’s west side since 1999. Learn more at www.outsidelands.org. The Chinese Historical Society of American has collected, preserved and illuminated the history of Chinese in America as a center for research, scholarship and learning from its Museum in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA at 965 Clay Street since 1963. Learn more at www.chsa.org

The California Humanities “Humanities for All” grant program supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Learn more www.calhum.org

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