Chinese Historical Society of America
Sun Yat-sen once plotted the overthrow of China’s Manchu dynasty here at number 36, and during Prohibition, this was the site of turf...
Tien Hau Temple
There was no place to go but up in Chinatown in the 19th century, when laws restricted where Chinese San Franciscans could live and...
Vintage red neon promises evenings worthy of WWII sailors on shore leave. Drink in the atmosphere, but stick to basic well drinks and...
965 Clay St · interesting places nearby
Chinese Historical Society of America information
Picture what it was like to be Chinese in America during the Gold Rush, the transcontinental railroad construction or the Beat heyday in this 1932 landmark, built as Chinatown's YWCA by Julia Morgan (also chief architect of Hearst Castle). The nation's largest Chinese American historical institute is a treasury of artifacts tracing personal journeys from China that made American history.
Sleuthing by CHSA historians continues to uncover lost-and-found artifacts, including Jake Lee's fascinating 1960s watercolors of Chinese American history. Rotating art exhibits are held in CHSA's graceful red-brick, green-tile-roofed landmark building; check CHSA's website for openings and events.