Docent-led Museum & Garden Tour
Every first Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy a docent-led tour of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibit! Museum tours are held the first Saturday of every month at 11:00am. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. The tour is included with museum admission. For more information, please contact the museum at 619.338.9888 or at email@example.com.
Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour
Every second Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Explore Old Chinatown and the Japanese and Filipino neighborhoods in San Diego’s old Stingaree red light district. The tour is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the walking tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. $4.00 per adult. For more information, please contact the museum.
3rd Saturday Lectures
Every third Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Explore intriguing aspects of Chinese arts, culture, and history in a series of lectures with Senior Coordinator of Education and Exhibits Alex Stewart. Nine years preparing exhibits and education programs at SDCHM and seven years of graduate research in sociocultural anthropology at UCSD has given Mr. Stewart a wide range of expertise, and now he is eager to share this with the public. Many of these presentations feature original research on museum artifacts or firsthand ethnographic accounts from China. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the lecture by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. $5.oo for adults, free for members, children under 12, and students with valid ID. For more information, please contact the museum at 619.338.9888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16: CANCELLED
June 20: Old Teaching/New Teaching: Sectarian Debate Among China’s Hui Muslims | Distance from the Islamic world, state-imposed isolation, and the assimilating power of Chinese culture have combined to produce numerous versions of Islam within China. This lecture will differentiate China’s syncretic “old teachings” from “new teaching” movements that have arrived from the Middle East more recently. This lecture not only serves as a case study of the varieties of Islamic practice and theology, it also illustrates a division in Islam between universal standardization and local vernacularization and a wider Chinese cultural debate between local traditions and cosmopolitan modernities.
July 18: Salafis and Evangelists: Islamic Revival Among the Chinese Hui Minority | Islam in China features several layers, with each one tending to criticize those that came before it. This lecture will discuss the two most recent Muslim movements to arrive in China: the Salafiyya movement that advocates a strict, literal interpretation of Quran and Hadith, and the Tablighi Jama’at, which encourages all Muslims to embark on ascetic preaching journeys, behaving as they imagine the earliest Muslims did. Participants in these transnational movements critique elements of syncretism prevalent in many Chinese Muslim sects and aim to purify Islam by encouraging individual piety rather than any sort of coercive or political change.
August 15: China’s New Muslims: Transnational Identity Through Conversion to Islam | Why would citizens of a predominantly atheist nation join less than 1% of the population in practicing Islam? Dr. examines how several Chinese converts to Islam, or “new Muslims,” answer this question. Their stories do not neatly fit conventional sociological theories of religious conversion Instead, they relate a gradual process that includes initial encounters with Islam, intensive study of the faith, conversion, and varying expressions of a new Muslim identity. Rather than gradually succumbing to Islamic orthodoxy or passively obeying local religious authorities, converts autonomously study Islamic texts, form a variety of interpretations, and express their newfound belief in a variety of ways that often conflict with social expectations, local Islamic norms, and the moral authority of the Marxist state.