Past Events

09/26/20 75th Anniversary Ceremony of End of WWII

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and honor our Chinese American veterans from the Golden State, we will listen and learn from our most senior WWII Chinese American veterans, plus currently serving and retired military personnel, as they share their personal stories and their messages to future generations. This is a very historic gathering of all Chinese American military personnel, both past and present.

In addition, view the premiere of the short feature, “We Served with Pride, the road to the Congressional Gold Medal,” at time 33:00:00 of the video and listen to CHCP Advisory Board Member / Historian Connie Young Yu at time 1:03:30.

09/02/20 SPICE Webinar: “Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History”

Recording of the 9/2/20 SPICE webinar “Angel Island Immigration Station: the Hidden History” with Connie Young Yu and Jonas Edman. This webinar is a joint collaboration between the Center for East Asian Studies and Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University.

CHCP Advisory Board Member / Historian Connie Young Yu speaks about how the Chinese detention barracks on Angel Island were saved from demolition in the 1970s, opening the door to the hidden history of the immigration station. She recounts the experience of her grandmother, Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey, who was detained in the barracks for 15 and a half months starting in 1924 and how the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on her grandmother’s case.

SPICE worked with graphic artist Rich Lee to publish “Angel Island: The Chinese-American Experience.” Its author, Jonas Edman, shares activities and materials from this graphic novel that tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay between 1910 and 1940.

09/01/20 SJ City Council Meeting: “Park Naming: Plaza in Japantown”

By Christian Jochim, 2020 CHCP Secretary

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CHCP successfully spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to urge the SJ City Council to vote for the “Heinlenville Park” name for a new Japantown park. The park is to be located where the former Heinlenville Chinatown existed from 1887 to 1931.

CHCP, founded in 1987 to rebuild the replica Ng Shing Gung temple in History Park, has long identified with the temple’s original home of Heinlenville, not only by featuring the rebuilt temple as its Chinese American Historical Museum, but also by promoting the video “Home Base: A Chinatown Called Heinlenville” and by offering a Heinlen Award for extraordinary contributions to preserving Chinese American culture by local non-Chinese Americans.

The recording of the proceedings of the City Council meeting can be viewed below. Listen to CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong speak at time 3:01:00 of the proceedings.

08/29/20 Webinar: “Operation: WWII Chinese American G.I.”

August 29, 2020 webinar sponsored by:

Webinar Agenda:

  • “Fog of War” – video of events leading up to the beginning of WWII through the eyes of Chinese Americans
  • Keynote: Montgomery Hom, who takes you down into the trenches to provide a unique perspective of WWII Chinese American memorabilia and personal stories
  • “We Served with Pride” – preview clip of video featuring Chinese American WWII Vets, who served with uncommon valor
  • Panelists providing personal stories of how Chinese Americans contributed on the front line and home front:
    • Major General William Chen – US Army (ret.)
    • Connie Young Yu – Author, Historian, CHCP Advisory Board Member
    • Montgomery Hom – Military Historian, Author, Filmmaker

08/06/20 ACCC Guest Speaker Series: “San Jose Chinatowns; CAH Museum”

By Brenda Hee Wong, 2020 CHCP Director

CHCP Directors Erwin Wong and Brenda Hee Wong were guest speakers for Avenidas Chinese Community Center (ACCC)‘s program:  “Learning Chinese Culture in America Guest Speaker Series: San Jose Chinatowns; Chinese American Historical Museum.” Topics covered were CHCP, Chinatowns of San Jose, Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM), and “Heinlenville Park” letter writing campaign.

07/25/20 JAMsj Facebook Live: “Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” (Episode 2: Heinlenville Chinatown)

by Brenda Hee Wong, 2020 CHCP Director

CHCP Advisory Board member Connie Young Yu and CHCP Director Brenda Hee Wong discussed Heinlenville, San Jose Chinatowns, and the Chinese American Historical Museum at this episode of Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)‘s “Discovering the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown” series. 

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07/15/20 Webinar: “East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs”

The “East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs” webinar was our first co-hosted session between the Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group (BACGG) and CHCP … and broke all previous attendee records. Attendees came from all parts of the nation (including Hawaii), plus folks from Canada, Japan, and England to laugh, listen, and learn from the daring dancing dolls, Coby Yee and Cynthia Yee, and Calvin Fong, son of a nightclub owner.

The Webinar consists of 3 parts:

  1. Cocktail Lounge/Waiting Room (featuring music, dancing and a cavalcade of stars and entertainers)
  2. Calvin Fong’s Keynote Presentation (23:40 – 1:00:55) click to play
  3. Panel Discussion (1:00:56 – 1:48:00) click to play


This webinar explores a little known, but exciting, topic in Chinese American history: Chinese American nightclubs.  Many of the performers (singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, comedians, etc.) were Chinese with headliner names; like the “Chinese Frank Sinatra” or the “Chinese Ginger Rogers.”  Many performers were 2nd generation Asians coming out of the Great Depression and who loved entertaining but were shut out from performing live on American stage or in the movies.  The Chinese nightclubs offered a venue for them to show their many talents and opened opportunities that they could not realize otherwise.

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06/14/20 Student Recognition Day (Part 2)

Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP)

By Maggie, 2019/2020 CHCP Student Docent Cultural Ambassador

It was wonderful seeing everyone share their hobbies and talents at the recognition day. From playing the piano, to singing, to art, CHCP Student Docents have a wide range of talents.

I became a member of the SDCAP because I am interested in learning more about my own culture and the history of Chinese Americans in the United States. Students like myself are often not taught about how significant Chinese Americans are to American history, and so I joined this program in hopes of learning more so that I can spread my knowledge to others as well.

The most memorable event from my time in the SDCAP program is the yearly Chinese New Year celebration at the History Park. I enjoyed seeing people of many cultures learn more about Chinese New Year and experience Chinese New Year activities with their children. It was also a fun experience being a part of the dragon team.

05/17/20 Student Recognition Day (Part 1)

Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship

By Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy, 2020 CHCP Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

For the sixth year, the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (CHCP) is honored to announce the recipients of the Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship (LGGMS) awards on Sunday, May 17th. We are living in unprecedented times. Due to the current shelter-in-place order to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus and the possible health risks to our students, guests, and members, the Student Recognition event scheduled at San Joseʼs History Park had to be cancelled. However, we are proud to virtually announce our 2020 scholarship recipients and continue this tradition.

The Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in tribute to CHCPʼs late co-founder, Lillian Gong-Guy, to recognize exemplary seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement balanced with strong community service and involvement. Our five scholarship award recipients this year truly represent the future leaders of our community.

Our scholarship winners are:

To learn more about our exceptional scholarship recipients, please click here (or click on an individual recipient’s name above).

In addition to the Co-Chairs, Allan Low and Debbie Gong-Guy, this yearʼs Scholarship Committee members are Anita Wong Kwock, Bozena Teo, Brenda Wong, Judy Wong, and Karyn Wong.

We would like to thank all the donors to the LGGMS program for their continued generosity and support. For more information, please contact us at

05/14/20 Speaker Series Webinar: PBS Series “Asian Americans”

By Dave Yick, 2020 CHCP President

I would like to thank all who were involved in the making of CHCP’s first Speaker Series Webinar. Special thanks go to our Panelists* Donald Young, Connie Young Yu, and Gordon Smith, and our Moderator* Erwin Wong…They all were GREAT!…with tons of information and personal insights. And much thanks to all our CHCP Family and Friends who tuned in; we appreciate your continued support.

Even if you have already viewed the complete PBS Series and the Webinar, as Connie emphasized in her closing statement, it is worth seeing it again, since there is so much information to take in. The 5-part documentary series “Asian Americans” is now streaming for a limited time on PBS, co-produced by CAAM, at this website:

The last 20 minutes of the Webinar can be seen via the following link:

* Panelists:

  • Donald Young – CAAM Director of Programs and CAAM Executive Producer for the PBS Documentary Series, “Asian Americans”
  • Connie Young Yu – An internationally recognized Chinese American writer, historian, and lecturer. Connie is included in Episodes 1 and 5 of this PBS Series. She is a long time CHCP member and Advisory Board Member.
  • Gordon Smith – Vice President and Head Docent, Japanese American Museum SJ

Moderator:  Erwin Wong – CHCP Director and Speaker Series Chair