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.

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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.

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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. 

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"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. 

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.

Speaker : 

Tina Tom

Opening a restaurant was one way to become a merchant and stay in the U.S. for the Chinese Americans. Growing up as a restaurant owners’ daughter, Ms. Tom will share the life of restaurant owners from her personal experience and her research of other restaurants.

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


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