Nurturing Community, Amplifying Voice — Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 3.2

One thing for sure – we don’t sit around here at CW! We’re gearing up for our crowdfunding campaign for Chinese Whispers: Golden GateSM, our flagship storytelling production about the Bay Area. This theater production will combine historical stories with contemporary immigrant stories from our workshops with the Chinatown Y, to connect past and present. The production will include a custom soundscape and projections, and incorporate new stories from our research into Chinese shrimping. read more…

October 22nd, 2014

Retracing the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing around San Francisco Bay



What do you do about 100 years of history that didn’t get into the history books? Right in our own backyard, here in the Bay Area? The history of Chinese shrimp fishing around San Francisco Bay is a rich and poignant story that has faded from public memory, but now you can learn about it through our exciting new project, Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles. read more…

August 29th, 2014

Save the Date – Bay Chronicles

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July 3rd, 2014

‘Heritage of Hope’ Honors Immigrant Experience

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 3.1

We ushered in the year of the Horse on February 8 with Heritage of Hope, our third Lunar New Year storytelling celebration in partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Braving wind and rain to join us read more…

March 20th, 2014

Save the Date – Heritage of Hope

January 17th, 2014

Nourish Community Heritage–Support Chinese Whispers Today

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 2.4

During this season of celebrations and reflection, we offer our sincere thanks for your stories and your support, which enabled us to share the nourishment of community memory with the public in deep, meaningful ways that satisfy heart and mind. As we look forward to the New Year, we hope that you will consider sustaining Chinese Whispers by making a tax-deductible year end gift. read more…

January 8th, 2014

Immigrant Voices: CW + YMCA Chinatown

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 2.3

As part of our flagship Bay Area storytelling production Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate℠ we are excited to collaborate with the Chinatown YMCA on a series of transgenerational workshops about contemporary immigrant experiences. read more…

September 17th, 2013

CW @ Shaping SF: The Legacy of Exclusion

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 2.2

A standing-room only crowd packed into the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics for our April ”Seeing Stories” program, The Legacy of Exclusion. read more…

June 25th, 2013

Listen in: The Legacy of Exclusion

Audio archive courtesy of Shaping SF

An evening of stories and discussion about the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (which wasn’t rescinded until 1943!) on the Chinese American community in San Francisco. This infamous legacy was both subtly woven into community cultural life, and overtly demarcated social and geographical boundaries. Chinese Whispers, a research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the American West, will present excerpted stories from the Bay Area which reveal the deep impact of the Exclusion Act on generations of Chinese American families, and a community story contributor will talk about memories of a growing up in a San Francisco Chinatown that was still essentially socially segregated from the rest of the City. This overlooked history is also very relevant to the ongoing immigration debate. With the Chinese Historical Society of America, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, filmmaker Felicia Lowe, and more.

April 10th, 2013

Poetry and Storytelling Make Magic Onboard Ship

Chinese Whispers Newsletter Vol 2.1

Rapt audience filled the Shelterdeck of sailing ship Balclutha on Feb. 23 to honor the lunar year of the Water Snake at “Transformations and Renewals,” our joint celebration with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. read more…

March 27th, 2013
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