Monthly Newsletter | JANUARY 2020

| January Highlights |

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago New Year Visit
Thank you to TECO for bringing the best wishes to our museum for the New Year. Museum Executive Director Ben Lau, Board Members David Lee, Andrea Stamm, and Arthur Rubalcaba welcomed the Director General Eric Jiun-yaw Huang, Deputy Director General Edward Chen and all the TECO visitors .
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago New Year Visit
Thanks to PRC for the new year greetings. Consul General Zhao Jian, Deputy Consul General Liu Jun, museum president Soo Lon Moy , vice president Ed Jung, Board members David Lee, Dr. John Rohsenow, and Executive Director Ben Lau celebrated together for the Year of the Golden Rat.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Jewel Osco
We celebrated Chinese New Year at two Jewel-Osco stores, one in Arlington Heights and one in Edgewater. There were live traditional music, Chinese calligraphy, art and craft. Two mighty lions danced their way through each store.
Chinese New Year Kick Off at Navy Pier
Fun time with lots of old friends celebrating GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: CHINESE NEW YEAR - vibrant display of cultural expression features festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more.
The Year of Golden Rat has arrived along with the spring! As an old Chinese saying goes, good things always come in pairs. We had a double happiness in January – The Lunar New Year and the turn of a decade.

The Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival for Chinese people. It is a festival of joy and celebration as we are pursuing for reunion, happiness, prosperity, peace and harmony for the coming months. This January also marks the beginning of a new decade when we can look forward to an exciting future. We have already scheduled a number of events or activities that you cannot afford to miss.

Our new exhibition of Attic Treasure II will open on February 1st (Saturday) after months of preparation. Kudos to Andrea Stamm, our Head of Collections and Research Committee, Soo Lon Moy, our Head of Exhibition Committee, and our staff, friends and volunteers who paid tireless efforts and worked around the clock to put up the exhibition. Before the exhibition opens to the general public, we will have a private reception and preview for VIPs, donors and members.
Despite some concerns about the coronavirus, there are no reported cases in Chinatown, and the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown will go on as scheduled. Our Board directors, members, volunteers, friends and their family members will participate in the event on February 2nd (Sunday) together with our float and Emperor Rich (Frachey)! I hope you can also join us.

Then we have our Chinese New Year Celebration on February 9th (Sunday) at our Museum. Every year we have a full house so please RSVP if you haven’t done so! Also, don’t forget to get your tickets for our screening of Wu Xia 2 The Code on February 8th (Saturday) as they will be gone before you know it.

With all the good and exciting things being said, we also heard a sad news about a fire at the Museum of Chinese America (MOCA) in New York that might have destroyed a lot of their collections. While you donate to support the good work that we do, please also consider making a donation to MOCA to help them rebuild and recover from their loss.

Again, we thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Ben Lau
Executive Director
| Monthly Spotlight |
A Note of Thanks - Tina Yang

Tina has been volunteering at our museum as guest associate for the past 6 months. She greeted our guests warmly and actively joined our events including Chinatown Summer Fair and Chinese cultural festival.

Tina is currently studying at Loyola University majoring in mathematics and statistics. Out of school, her passion for social service with deep caring brought her to the Chicago Chinese American Community.

We asked her about her experience at the museum:
"I found my belonging during the volunteer work in Chicago Chinese American Museum. I studied the immigration history and Chinese American culture in different events, developed strong communication and customer service skills when leading tourists with my passion of introducing Chinese culture to others. Wish I could keep growing and developing in the Chicago Chinese American Museum community. Thanks to Ben Lau, Dr. John Rohsenow, Clarissa and May. "

| Upcoming Events |
Sat, February 1, 2020
2:oo PM – 4:00 PM

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago invites you to the Grand Opening of a new temporary exhibition, " Attic Treasures II" which begins Feb 1, 2020.

This exhibit includes a number of objects not previously publicly displayed in the museum, from furniture, photographs and paintings to treasured jewelry.

Same-day walk-in availability is not guaranteed. $5 suggested entrance donation.This public sale is for non-members. Members will be invited separately. If you are a member and you have not received an invitation, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Sun, February 9, 2020
2:oo PM – 4:00 PM

Please join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago in welcoming and celebrating the Year of the Rat at our Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The festive event will feature lion dance, Chinese music, Chinese food, arts and crafts, and more!
Same-day walk-in availability is not guaranteed
Sat, February 8, 2020
2:oo PM – 4:00 PM

“Wu Xia 2: The Code” is a feature martial arts science fiction film, the sequel of a short film Wu Xia: A Martial Arts Tango, the story of a man going through a series of fights against members of the Five Elements released back in Summer of 2016.

Director Johnny Wu and a few other cast/crew will be attending to mingle and answers any questions.

Same-day walk-in availability is not guaranteed

| Volunteers Wanted! |

We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form:
About Us

The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.