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.
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.
September 19: NO LECTURE
Oct. 17: Ancient Myths, Heroes, and Sage Kings | Most people are familiar with the exploits of Greek and Roman gods and heroes, but few are familiar with the legendary figures of Chinese mythology. This lecture will use cross-cultural comparisons to introduce some Chinese creation myths and legends of famous heroes. We will learn about the mythical first man, Pangu 盤古, explore the legendary filial piety of Emperor Shun 虞舜, and compare the archer, Hou Yi 后羿, with other archetypal heroes like Gilgamesh and Hercules. Come hear these nearly forgotten ancient stories and discover some universal elements of our ancient world heritage.
Nov. 21: The Zhou Dynasty 周朝: Confucius, Laozi, and the Mandate of Heaven | This lecture on the formative period of Chinese civilization begins with an explanation of how the Zhou Dynasty (1122-221 BCE) founders established a lasting theory of sovereignty in claiming the Mandate of Heaven to justify their seizure of power. However, this mandate only lasts as long as emperors maintain virtue and order. As the mandate fell from the dynasty’s grasp, numerous thinkers theorized strategies of proper governance and social organization that could restore order. This talk will discuss the formation and lasting legacies of the Chinese philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism, three ways of thinking forged during the chaos of the Warring States Period (476-221 BCE) that still bear enormous influence today.
Dec. 19: The Rise and Fall of the Qin Dynasty 秦朝 (221-206 BCE) | The Qin Dynasty is one of the shortest and most influential dynasties in all of Chinese history. The self-proclaimed first emperor is remembered as a tyrant and great civilizing influence. He united seven warring states with brute military force, a strict legal code, inhumane punishments, and censorship of all opposition. However, his achievements in standardizing currency, roads, and written language as well as replacing the feudal system with a strong centralized bureaucracy laid the basic foundations for the imperial system that would last for the next two thousand years. In examining the life of the first emperor, we will explore some fundamental human dilemmas such as the need for violence to create peace, the exchange of freedom for order, and the barbarity of civilization.