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Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center

The mission of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) is to promote the culture and history––through exhibitions, education, and research––of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest. The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.


Save the Date - Dec 1 is Giving Tuesday

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2015 was an exciting year for the Museum. Participating in the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Chicago Families citywide project, we collaborated with the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago with the exhibition on Rites of Passage. It was exhibited at our Museum and then extended to the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Sharing stories of Chinese immigrants to the Midwest, the Museum published its fourth book: Growing Up in Chicago's Chinatown: Stories of Raymond B. Lee, the biography of our benefactor. Raymond's story is not only about a successful immigrant achieving the American dream, but also his legendary commitment to serving the Chinese community.

Over 6,000 visitors have attended our workshops, book talks, lectures, and exhibitions this year. We are looking forward to a "Year of Action and Goals" in 2016 to learn about the four Chinese classical arts.

Culture Matters! Your generous gift will support the Chinese-American Museum's programs and exhibition to share the Chinese American immigrants' stories and experiences in the United States - Midwest.


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CACC Essay Contest

This year the Chinese American Civic Council is sponsoring an essay contest for current high school seniors. This will be a chance for the lucky winners to earn a cash prize towards college tuition or maybe pay for a text book or two. Attached is the flyer and below is the link to our website to begin the application process.

The application / essay deadline is November 30, 2015.  Our judges will determined 5 finalist from all the applicants. These finalist will then be interviewed sometime mid January 2016 by our esteemed judges. From these interviews, the judges will determine our 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners. The winners will be presented with their prize at our annual Chinese New Year Fund Raiser Dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2015 [SAVE THE DATE].

Eligibility: Graduating Seniors of Class of 2016 with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Essay Topic (500 to 1,000 words):  Over the past 100 years, the Chicago Chinatown Community has grown, not only in population but also geographically. Chinatown is no longer just Cermak Rd. and Wentworth Ave.  We now have a park (Ping Tom Memorial Park), a field house (Leonard M. Louie Field House) with a swimming pool and recently a new state-of-the-art public library. Although the Chinese Community extends far out into the suburbs, Chinatown remains a central hub for family gatherings and other “shopping” needs. With this growth the demand for social services has also increased, from educational to recreational to senior services. If not you, your parents or grandparents have benefited from this expansion. Going forward, how would you help Chinatown’s continued expansion? What would you do to inspire others to the do the same?

Chinese American Civic Council Essay Contest

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