CCC hosts Chinese culture workshops and forums several times a year. The workshops address different educational and cultural issues.


Every 1st and 3rd Saturday

Speaker : 

Michael Yee and

Amie Lee Garaprich


This is a virtual tour to explore the historical district of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino communities between the Gaslamp district and the Marina area. Many historical buildings that now serve as restaurants or public places all have stories behind them. Listen to these stories as you look at the buildings.

Speaker : 

Russell Low

Three Coins recreates the world of Tong Yan Gai or Chinatown before the turn of the century. It is a world where old traditions and family values are set against the unwelcoming attitudes of the American West. It is told by the great grandson of a railroad worker and a child slave.


Speaker : 

Catherine Jones

Jade was more valuable than gold in Chinese tradition. As far back as 5000 years ago, jade or nephrite was buried in tombs. Later, different colors of jade stones were carved for any decorative or symbolic purposes. Among the SDCHM permanent collection, the most astounding item is the full-scale jade suit.



Speaker : 

Elaine Pierce

Creating the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional wall has been a fantasy to many. This lecture will cover the marvels in art and architecture that Missionary artist Lang Shining created for the Qianlong Emperor. It was the fusion of the East meets the West.



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Ray Menegus

Lacquer was used to color, beautify, and protect screens, furniture, sculpture, bowls, etc. It could be carved, incised and inlaid. Mr. Menegus’ personal experience will show you how hard this technique is. You’d appreciate so much more of our collection when you understand the labor and technique of this ancient art form that originated in China.



Speaker :  Allie Arnell

In the Qing Dynasty, the vogue for porcelain in Europe would reach its height during the first half of the 18th century. This presentation will show the gorgeous colors such as café au lait, pale yellow, brilliant turquoise, apple green, purple or eggplant, etc. There were over 40 colors in the porcelain during the Qing Dynasty.



Speaker : 

Sherry Reeds

Cloisonné is a decorative art form practiced since 1300 BCE. Traditionally, wires are used to divide colors on a metal substrate and to create designs and then filled with fused glass or enamel coloring. But the variations and styles are endless as you learn from this presentation and explore the SDCHM collection in this art form.



"Above the Drowning Sea" is a documentary film that recounts the stories of Jewish people who were able to escape Nazi-controlled Vienna in the mid-20th century, and find refuge in Shanghai, thanks to a diplomat. This documentary screening will ve followed by commentary from Rene Balcer & Carolyn Hsu-Balce, followed by panel discussion. 

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Speaker : David Seid and Joh LeeWong

To be bilingual as a Chinese American was and is a big advantage. Early Chinese immigrants learned English from the church. As their children are born, they want the children to learn Chinese.  Mr. LeeWong will trace back how the Chinese Language School started and how it was when he was growing up, and how it is today. 


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Committee of 100

The Committee of 100 will share with the San Diego public a recent study it commissioned to the Economist Group, under the title, From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America.




Speaker : 

Betty Carr

On April 3, we will be joined by Betty Carr, who will speak about Tang dynasty ceramics.  Her talk will cover this era's many different innovations, including Sancai (a lead-glazed tri-colored earthenware), underglaze painting, and the development of true porcelain.  She will explain why Tang Dynasty achievements in craft and the large export business that flourished during this time were crucial to bringing Chinese ceramics to the forefront of the world stage.


Speaker : 

Dr. William Tong

San Diego State University Chinese Cultural Center and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum are proud to present a special series on the history of Chinese Americans at San Diego State University.  This inaugural talk will be presented by Dr. William Tong, who will discuss new laser-based methods for archaeology and cultural heritage applications in China and Europe.  Dr. Barry Chung, Dean of the SDSU School of Education, will moderate this lecture.

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Speaker : 

Ester Shifren

China-born Ester Benjamin Shifren is the descendent of five generations of British Jewish nationals who lived in Shanghai for more than one century. She and her family were interned for three years by the Japanese during World War II. She has lectured extensively internationally about her life experiences. This promises to be a fascinating presentation about her life.

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Speaker : 

Robert Stein

Early San Diego Chinatown was centered around the Third Avenue and J Street. When old buildings were removed to build new ones, such as the two Harbor Club Towers and the CCBA Senior Apartment Building, artifacts were collected. These items from the prior Chinese American residents tell the stories of their life, including mining tourmaline for the Qing dynasty Dowager Cixi.


Speaker : 

David Miles

Chinese landscape paintings have Southern School and Northern School. But what is the difference? How can we tell them apart? This lecture will show examples of paintings from major painters, and we shall decide who belongs to what school.


Speaker : 

Phillip Bloom

Words are everywhere in The Huntington’s Chinese Garden. Names adorn rocks and buildings; poetic couplets frame entryways and vistas. Since 2007 The Huntington has commissioned more than thirty contemporary artists to create the original works of calligraphy. This talk will suggest four foundational perspective for contemplating calligraphy in a garden.


Speaker : 

Virginia Loh-Hagan

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Faculty Director of the SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Resource Center and children's book author, will share her research and knowledge about the paper son/daughter experience at Angel Island. She will also discuss the challenges of teaching about the paper son experience and the connections to today's political landscape. 

Speaker : 

Lily Birmingham

The History of China is the tale of the Yellow River 黄河 (Huáng Hé), which is the cradle of Chinese civilization, but also China’s sorrow. In recorded history, the Yellow River changed its course over 25 times and flooded over 1,500 times. Chinese art developed along the Yellow River as the societies and dynasties established. Through art, we get some understanding as to how people lived and managed the Yellow River.

Speaker : 

Lilly Cheng

‘Ubuntu’ is an African word, which means: I am because you are. It means that we are human only through the humanity of others. The session will explore the concept of ubuntu in relationship to the concepts of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism as well as individualism to collectivism.

Speaker : 

Elaine Pierce

Porcelain has been a sensation in Europe for centuries, but it was only made in China up till the 19th century. We’ll learn why more than 3 million pieces of Chinese porcelain would be shipped to Europe in the Ming Dynasty. The most elegant single color or the most colorful multi-colored porcelains will be discussed in this presentation.

Speaker : 

Hilda Neck-Yoder

Exotic luxury objects, especially blue and white porcelain made in Jingdezhen during the Ming Wanli reign were the most desirable items in the Netherlands. They are called “Kraak” porcelain which influenced 17th century Dutch art and culture profoundly. This talk will demonstrate how Chinese porcelains were painted by famous artists.

For more information, please contact the CCC at 619-594-4791 or by emailing :    


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