Starting in 2020, the SDCHM has partnered with the San Diego State University Chinese Cultural Center, to provide remote programming via twice-monthly lectures, under the program title The Chinese American Experience and Beyond.
Below, you will find a video bank of recordings of past lectures in the series. Please check out the Museum's Events Page, to stay on top of and register for future lectures.
On December 19th, Ray Menegus spoke about the processes involved in making objects with lacquer, a substance that was used to color, beautify, and protect screens, furniture, sculpture, bowls, etc. It could be carved, incised and inlaid. Mr. Menegus’ personal experience making a carved lacquer box showed us how difficult this technique is. Following Ray's presentation, commentary was provided by Andy Lu, who showed a number items made with lacquer and inlay techniques from his extensive collection.
On November 21st, Elaine Pierce spoke about the influence of East-West exchange in Qing dynasty painting. Her lecture, "Virtual Realities: Extreme Illusionism in Qing Court Painting," centered on works by an extraordinarily versatile artist, Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining), under the patronage of one of the greatest connoisseurs of all times, the Qianlong Emperor.
On Saturday, November 7th, Catherine Jones led a presentation on the significance of Jade in the Chinese tradition. Following Cathy's lecture, commentator Andrew Lu shared a slideshow featuring pieces from his personal collection, which spans Asia and Mesoamerica. The floor then opened to community members, who shared a range of jade items from their own personal collections.
Session V unfolded as a "Virtual Walking Tour of the Asian Pacific Historic District," led by Amie Lee Garapich and Michael Yee, following an online resource prepared by Michael with use of ArcGIS Storymaps.
During Session IV of the series, David Seid (President of the House of China) shared about the significance of the Chinese Language School, drawing from his memories of attending the school at the Mission church on First Avenue. He later spoke about the history of the House of China, which initially developed as part of the 1935 International Exhibition in Balboa Park.
During session III, Lily Birmingham opened with a talk on the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the fishing industry. John LeeWong followed, speaking on the significance of Chinese hand laundries to community development over time. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng closed, speaking on the significance of Ah Quin to the San Diego community and the contributions of Chinese immigrants to railroad construction in California.
During Session II, Michael Yee returned to provide an overview of the history of the Chinese community in San Diego, from the mid-1800's to the late 20th century.
During Session I of the series, Bob Stein presented an overview of the legal history of immigration in the United States, with a focus on legislation relevant to the Chinese American experience. Later during the same session, Michael Yee offered a talk on the pre-20th century migration from China to the United States, highlighting the resilience of the community throughout time.