Chinese American Museum DC

Chinese American Museum DC

The Chinese American Museum is the first and only museum in our nation's capital dedicated to the Chinese American story ... its history, culture, and voice. Just an idea in 2017, the museum is now open to the public as we continue to build an institution worthy of this great

Chinese American Museum DC

The Chinese American Museum is the first and only museum in our nation's capital dedicated to the Chinese American story ... its history, culture, and voice. Just an idea in 2017, the museum is now open to the public as we continue to build an institution worthy of this great history and legacy. For a team of museum experts, development gurus, historians, and cultural experts that launched a new museum during the height of a global pandemic, we, like many, have changed the metrics that we use to evaluate success. Online registrations now supersede museum foot traffic, online memberships trump event attendance. No matter the metric, our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in thoughtful, meaningful ways. We are more focused on building a sustainable community instead of a one-time touch. We value creating meaningful visitor/user experiences that are shifting the way people see and think about AAPIs. Today we reach more than 250,000 households across the country. Our events often have over 1,000 registrants, and the number of repeat visitors and attendees remains high. Most importantly, our community expresses that this is “their” museum, one that sees them for what they are, Americans.

About the Organization:

The Chinese American Museum is the first and only museum in our nation's capital dedicated to the Chinese American story ... its history, culture, and voice. Just an idea in 2017, the museum is now open to the public as we continue to build an institution worthy of this great history and legacy. For a team of museum experts, development gurus, historians, and cultural experts that launched a new museum during the height of a global pandemic, we, like many, have changed the metrics that we use to evaluate success. Online registrations now supersede museum foot traffic, online memberships trump event attendance. No matter the metric, our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in thoughtful, meaningful ways. We are more focused on building a sustainable community instead of a one-time touch. We value creating meaningful visitor/user experiences that are shifting the way people see and think about AAPIs. Today we reach more than 250,000 households across the country. Our events often have over 1,000 registrants, and the number of repeat visitors and attendees remains high. Most importantly, our community expresses that this is “their” museum, one that sees them for what they are, Americans.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

The Issue:

Chinese in America have played an important role in the building and enrichment of America. Unfortunately, their story and legacy are underrepresented if not erased from American history. The last 250 years are marred by 81 years of legalized exclusion, anti-Chinese hate and violence, and discrimination. But this history is also full of great triumph and achievement. Generations of Chinese Americans have built railroads, forged innovation, and industry, fought for this country, and contributed to the arts and American culture. Representation matters. History matters. When AAPIs are not seen or missing from the pages of record, any group in this country will continue to not be recognized as equally American if at all. If the contributions of Chinese Americans and other AAPI are not known, then our history will be forever incomplete and foster inequality.

The Solution:

The Chinese American Museum is the first and only museum in our nation's capital dedicated to the Chinese American story ... its history, culture, and voice. Just an idea in 2017, the museum is now open to the public as we continue to build an institution worthy of this great history and legacy. We present the Chinese American narrative as an important part of American history, not something adjunct to our national story, rather an indelible part of this nation … from the early impact of Chinese trade on the newly formed U.S., to the Chinese in America that fought for this country in every conflict since the Civil War. We highlight the challenges within Chinese American history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and today’s anti-Asian hate and violence. We also celebrate the accomplishments of great Chinese Americans from early pioneers and advocates to the visionaries of today. The Chinese American Museum continues to develop into a world-class destination, both in-person and online. In 2021 alone, we launched more than 40 online programs and 6 exhibits reaching thousands of people across the country and overseas. Now, we continue that momentum with both in-person and virtual exhibits and events. In addition to exhibits and programs, we are broadcasting the Chinese American story through new “seat at the table” young professionals’ programs, educational material, and online social media content. We are reaching new audiences by engaging other partner and networks, even beyond the AAPI community. As a museum, we are not by definition an advocacy organization, but we do believe that telling underrepresented histories and giving Chinese Americans more representation is a critical tool for advocacy itself. Knowledge and familiarity create a path to equality. We are not just a museum for Asian Americans. We are museum for everyone ... and a place for important conversations about how all groups in this country have an important story to tell and crucial role in our country's success.

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