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Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion

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Join Chicago Cultural Alliance for the second installment of Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion

Wed, May 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM

with the Chinese American Museum of Chicago and VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Company

This collaboration, featuring Valerie Alpert choreography, celebrates Asian American Heritage Month.

Due to venue capacity restrictions, individuals will only be allow a maximum of 4 RSVPs.

If you are wanting to attend with a larger group, please call Chicago Cultural Alliance at (312)846-6357.


17th Annual Benefit Dinner

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Don’t miss our 17th Benefit Dinner May 19, 2018 at New Furama.

We promise it will be a memorable evening!

17th Benefit Dinner

Tickets are now for sale on EventBrite.


Asian Pop-up Cinema Presents: A VILLAGE DOCTOR'S CHOICE (甘南曼巴)

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Village Doctor

Join us for the 6th season of Asian Pop-up Cinema


China | 2014 | 85 Minutes | in Mandarin w/English subs | Genre: Melodrama

Directed: Zhou Yu-Pan

Starring: Tien Xiao-jie, Ma Shao-hua and Tibetan origin actors

Film source: The Consulate General of People's Republic of China in Chicago/Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, P.R. China

Produced by China National Television & Broadcast Bureau in 2013 and released domestically in 2014 China only, A Village Doctor's Choice is a true story-inspired movie. It portrayed the challenges that faced a Shanghai Medical College student when he was sent to the wild and savage Tibetan prairie to work as their one and only doctor "manba" in the late 60's.  When his grown up son eventually wanted to follow his father's footsteps, he was once again confronted with the question whether or not he has made the right choice for himself; and if his son should succeed him as the next "manba".

Festivals & Accolades:

The film won the Best Picture award at the 2014 Beijing International Film Festival.



Screening of “Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story”

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Dance through life

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago is pleased to welcome filmmaker Rick Quan for a screening of his documentary "Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Life Story“ with an appearance by Grant Avenue Follies.

100 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. During the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s she teamed up with Paul Wing to become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country’s history. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah.
From the 1960’s to the mid 70’s, Dorothy managed and performed with herOriental Playgirl Revue which traveled throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe and Japan. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home where she taught hundreds of children how to dance. Dorothy still lives in Oakland, with her daughter.
Rick Quan is a two time Emmy award winner with more than 30 years of broadcast experience. He is the first Chinese American television sportscaster in the country. Rick currently works at ABC7 in San Francisco as a fill in sports anchor and field reporter. Rick also runs his own production company and has produced segments for the Chinese Historical Society of America and Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation.
Grant Avenue Follies was originally composed of four professional nightclub dancers from the fifties and sixties, coming out of retirement to dance for the joy and freedom of movement and Doctor’s orders to exercise for a healthier body. Dance classes led to dance recitals and requests by senior day care facilities for entertainment to relieve the boredom of daily existence. Now the group has expanded to twelve members, including retired teachers, pharmacist, architect and psychologist. Leader of the Follies, Cynthia Yee, received the Jefferson Award for all her work helping the community. The group has been featured on KPIX 5 News, KTSF 26, SF Magazine as well as being a feature in the SF Chronicle, Chinese language newspapers, Sutter Health, Active over 60 and Positive Thinking Magazine. Appearances include honors in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Seattle and Vancouver, BC.
Click here for the trailer and check out Grant Avenue Follies!

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.


360 panoramas of “Return of the Warriors” exhibition

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360 panoramas of “Return of the Warriors” exhibition in collaboration with The Field Museum courtesy of Ed Lai of IPIX VisionBridge

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Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest

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Invites High School and College Students to participate in the Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest based on the The Way We Wore Exhibition: Celebrating Chinese Fashion Heritage.

Garments will be based on those in the Exhibition. Resources are available at the Museum in the form of books, patterns and graphics. Garments are in a wide range of fabrics and designs - cheongsam/chipao, tunics, jackets, dresses, skirts - elaborate and simple.

Contestants are to choose a favorite garment on which to base their design. Fabrics need not be the same. Please keep a journal of how garment is chosen, changes and costs which are to the responsibility of the contestant. The Journal or a copy will be in the archives and can be used as a resource.

It is agreed that garments will be available for display. Contestants may donate or loan them.

Fabrics and notions may be available. Design elements can be embroidery, beading, appliqué, fabric painting, limited only by the designers imagination.

Please contact the Museum to make arrangements for viewing garments 312-919-1000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Garments will be judged on:

Creativity - design imagination as expressed, important in the long run in designer portfolio. (If one available, please submit)

Design - execution, consideration of detail and time

Resourcefulness - how materials are used, any unusual materials incorporated that

follow theme

Relevance - how best theme of exhibition is interpreted (time and use of chosen item).


High School - $500. $300. $200

College - $1,000. $500. $250

Applications begin December 9 and close February 17. Other dates for preliminary meetings to be determined. Judging on April 28. Queries can be directed to Grace Chun This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Winning garments will be featured at the May 19 Gals with either the designer as model or a model of their choice. Prizes and acknowledgments will be presented.

Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest


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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