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Job Opportunity

Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF) is seeking a qualified individual to fill the Executive Director position for the Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) to oversee the operations, fundraising, and programming of the museum. With a small staff and a dedicated board, the Executive Director manages the operations, fundraising, and programs for the museum. Within his or her first 12 months, the Executive Director will collaborate with the CMF board to develop plans for fiscal sustainability, programs and exhibits, community engagement & representation, and communications.

The ideal candidate must be motivated and entrepreneurial and will raise the profile of the museum within Chicago and across the Chinese American communities in the Midwest, increase revenue and membership, and build on the substantial public interest in Chinese and Chinese American cultures. Management experience and excellent networking and communication skills are required. Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and museum operations is essential. Knowledge of conversational and written Chinese are preferred.

CMF was founded in 2002 to create a museum that reflects the history, experiences, and cultures of the individuals, families, and organizations that shaped Midwestern Chinese American society. The resulting Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) opened its doors in 2005, but soon after suffered a devastating fire. Community members rallied around the museum, and within 2 years, the museum reopened its doors. The museum serves 8,000 visitors annually through a series of public programs, exhibitions, community events, and collaborative programs and has an annual budget of $400K. The museum is part of the cultural fabric of Chicago’s Chinatown, participates in many Asian American coalitions and events, and is an active member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Interested and qualified parties should send a résumé and cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No phone calls please.

 

Mainland

Maineland

Sat, October 13, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Location

Chinese American Museum of Chicago

238 West 23rd Street

Chicago, IL 60616

The Chinese American Musem of Chicago is pleased to host a special screening of MAINELAND, directed by Miao Wang.

"Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of ’parachute students’ from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country."

We will host a video Q&A with Ms. Wang after the conclusion of the film. RSVP is required.

Check out the trailer here.

 

Screening of “Made in Vietnam”

Made In Vietnam

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago is once again proud to be a partner of Asian Pop-Up Cinema. Our offering for Season 7 is "Made in Vietnam," a Canadian-Vietnamese production.

Thi Vo was a refugee who escaped from Vietnam with his mother when he was only a baby, escaping war and poverty. After fleeing to Hong Kong, they later immigrated to Canada when Thi Vo was just four years old. Thirty years later, he decides to not only find his extended family, but also to locate his father and uncover the mysteries of his past.

In this emotional, heartfelt feature documentary, Thi Vo and his friends navigate Vietnam as they search for clues about their backgrounds and connect with people who help them along their way.

See the trailers here: http://madeinvietnamfilm.com/made-in-vietnam-trailers/


Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2-4pm

238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616


Free attendance, but RSVP is required.

 

Screening of "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago is pleased to present "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," which tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.

Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Producer Mark Mitten and Director Steve James will be in attendance to discuss the film with members of the Sung family.

See the official theatrical trailer here.


Sat, November 10, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST


Chinese American Museum of Chicago

238 West 23rd Street

Chicago, IL 60616


Attendance is free, but RSVP is required.

 

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Puppet Dance - see the performance

Puppet Dance

Click here to see a performance of a puppet dance by Li Yan

 

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion

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We are very excited to partner with Chicago Cultural Alliance and act as one of the host museums for "Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion" to be held Spring 2018. The May 9 event will consist of a showing of cultural objects, presentation of dance, and discussion on the intersection and process with curator and choreographer. Selected choreographers will develop new movement (or pull from existing repertoire and re-work) in partnership with and in response to objects and themes present in collections at the host museum. Stay tuned for details.

 
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