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Chinese Snuff Bottles from Southern California Collectors
April 2017 to January 21, 2018

Snuff, a powdered form of tobacco from the Americas, was initially brought to China by European traders in the late 16th century, during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). It was in the 17th century, however, in the early Qing dynasty (1644–1911), that China witnessed a rise of snuff-taking among the upper classes. Inhaling snuff was perceived as more stylish and elegant than smoking tobacco, and this led to the subsequent use and collecting of snuff bottles (biyanhu). Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 11:00…

Hammer Building, Level 2
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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This exhibition is included in General Admission.

Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art
Opens September 15, 2017

Circles and Circuits explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and beyond, the exhibition reveals the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. Presented in two parts, History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora, on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) through February 25, 2018, and Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art on view at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) through March 11, 2018.

I. History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora
California African American Museum
600 State Drive Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Admission is FREE

CAAM Opening Reception I. September 19, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Curators’ Talk begins at 6:30pm
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II. Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art
Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission is FREE; suggested donation of $3.00, which supports the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

CAM Opening Reception II, September 20, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Curators’ Talk begins at 6:30pm
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Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace
November 12, 2017 – March 11, 2018

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was also introduced to Western audience or reader as a connoisseur, patron and even creator of art in the early twentieth century, a phenomenon that interestingly fell unnoticed in modern scholarship.

This exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States to explore the empress dowager’s roles beyond politics. It has been organized through a groundbreaking partnership with the Summer Palace Museum in Beijing. Upon viewing this exhibition, it will become clear that Cixi not only led politics, but also art of China at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The exhibition reconstructs the matriarch’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts through four different sections and over 100 objects that have never before been seen in the United States.

Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace is organized by the Summer Palace Museum, Beijing, China and the Bowers Museum and is guest curated by Ying-chen Peng, Assistant Professor of Art History at American University.

Bowers Museum
2002 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Chinese Family History Group of SoCal (CFHGSC) meetings
2017 Fall Meetings

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00am to Noon
Basic Chinese for Researching Family History.
Presenter: Michael Ho

Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.)
415 Bamboo Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Chinese America Film Festival
By Crowell Public Library
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy an hour of short subjects when the Chinese American Film Festival takes over the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library, Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. Among the titles: “Chinese Dream,” a documentary about classical Chinese opera being learned by the next generation of children; “Citizen,” where a border patrol officer faces a tough decision as her sister is deported while pregnant, “Wishing Box,” a pirate and his monkey find a magic box, but it only operates for the monkey; “Butterflies in the Dark,” a blind woman interacts with a device-fixated little girl.

Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) was founded in 2005 by EDI Media Inc. (USA). It is the most authoritative and influential annual Chinese American cultural event connecting two of world’s largest film markets. Every year in November CAFF hosts its Opening Ceremony and Golden Angel Award in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Hundreds of top box office films from China and the US participate in CAFF, of which the Top 10 are selected and awarded with the Golden Angel, named after the city of Los Angeles.

CAFF is the only Chinese American cultural event in the United States that is officially recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments. In 2014, it became the only China-US film festival recorded in the 5th Round of China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and Cultural Activities as a national event. CAFF is also the only China-US film cultural event formally written in the U.S. Congressional report, as part of U.S. History.

During the month of November, CAFF showcases over 700 feature films in over 20 screening locations in Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities, with over 2,300 total number of screenings.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to watch some very special films.

Crowell Public Library
1890 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108

18th Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive
Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Bring an unwrapped new toy valued at $25 (or more) or make a minimum donation of $25. Admission includes food, beverages, desserts, entertainment and access to the museum’s exhibits.

For more information, visit APA Toy Drive on Facebook.

Chinatown After Dark @ Far East
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thursday, January 4, 2018
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90012

Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone
December 10, 2017 – June 24, 2018
11:00am to 5:00pm

In ancient China strange and marvelous stones were valued for their beauty and as reflections of the hidden structures underlying the universe. Stones were seen as fluid and dynamic, constantly changing, and capable of magical transformations. Certain stones were believed to be able to speak, to emit clouds and rain, to predict the weather, to move about of their own accord, and to heal. Fantastic stones were perceived as mountains in miniature, imbued with the same primordial energies that made up peaks sacred to both Daoist and Buddhist traditions. Like the human body, stones were believed to be born, to live, and to die, just as were mountains themselves.

The exhibition focuses on the most extraordinary painting of a stone ever created in China: Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone (1610), a Ming dynasty handscroll comprising 10 separate views of a single stone from the famous site of Lingbi, Anhui Province. Also including superb examples of Lingbi and Taihu stones and contemporary Chinese ink paintings depicting stones, this exhibition explores the history of collecting strange stones in China and the relationship between stones, Daoist cosmology, and classical Chinese poetry.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323- 857-6000

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Chinese American Genealogy Workshop
Monday to Wednesday, January 29 to 31, 2018
8:30am – 5:00pm

The workshop provides insightful presentations on Chinese genealogy research. It instructs attendees on how to use various techniques to advance their own research and discover the interesting information pertaining to their family/clan history and to identify those resources that can best serve them. There will also be exposure to the various information, material, and tools available on the Internet and in books and other sources to assist in compiling and documenting Chinese lineages. The ancestral villages of attendees will be identified and located – the primary source for family genealogy books.

Maile Room (mezzanine level near escalators)
California Hotel & Casino
12 E. Ogden Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Please check with Henry Tom at  to see if there is still space to register for this valuable Chinese American Genealogy Workshop.

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