Chinese Whispers + Open Show Co-present
An evening of visual history about the Chinese in the Bay

November 15, 2012

Please join us in our next innovation in bringing overlooked history to light through multimedia storytelling and community collaborations. Enjoy presentations from our stellar partnering presenters, see a new Chinese Whispers media presentation with excerpted Golden Gate stories, and take in the stunning panoramic view of the Bay at night from the beautiful Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park. Feel the magic of history come to life!

Featured Presenters:


Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Immigrant Voices: Return to Angel Island

Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean. AIISF will present a collection of photographs that recall the detention of Mr. Lee Show Nam at the Angel Island Immigration Station in 1935-1936 before being deported back to China. Seventy four years later, he returns to Angel Island and recalls his experiences through images and stories.


Chinese Historical Society of America
Remembering 1882

In 1882 Congress passed the nation’s first major immigration legislation — a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States. The law would tear apart families, cut the nation’s Chinese American population in half, and remove the right to become citizens.

Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.

The Friends of China Camp
A Vision of China Camp Village, from Fishing Camp to Modern Times

China Camp Village is the last remaining trace of a once thriving shrimp fishing community along the shores of San Pablo Bay. There were once more than two dozen of these shrimping camps located around the Bay, although China Camp State Park preserves the only one that still remains.

The San Francisco Maritime Historical National Park
Working the Water: Shrimp Junks and Chinese Fishermen on San Francisco Bay

These historical images of 19th c. San Francisco Shrimp Junks capture the vessels and their crew in the course of their daily work. They revisit the once ubiquitous local watercraft to fathom the essential experience of sailing, rowing, and fishing on junks over 100 years ago on San Francisco Bay.

Chinese Whispers
Seeing Stories: Golden Gate

Chinese Whispers will present new images and selected excerpts from Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate, our in-progress storytelling project about the experiences of the Chinese who helped build San Francisco and the Bay Region. This evening will feature community members’ memories of early Chinatown and Locke.

Hosted by the San Francisco Maritime Historical National Park

Curated by Chinese Whispers
Our thanks to Open Show, SFMNHP, and all presenters!!

FREE Event–All are welcome! Limited seating, registration required.

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Thursday, Nov 15, 7-9 pm

Maritime Museum
900 Beach St., San Francisco 94149
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