Greetings friends and first-time visitors to SDCHM,

Established in 1996, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is one of few US institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese American experience and promoting Chinese art and culture. In its twenty years of operation, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building in what was once San Diego’s historic Chinatown district into a state-of-the-art multi-site museum that plays a critical role in the cultural life of the San Diego community

It is with great honor and responsibility to serve as SDCHM’s new Executive Director, succeeding founding Executive Director, Dr. Alex Chuang, who retired in July 2016. I now have the privilege of overseeing museum operations, staff, and a collection of more than 2,000 artworks, as well as our educational and outreach activities and initiatives. As a longtime academic and professional expert and advocate for Asian art, I’m compelled to build upon our rich foundation to expand SDCHM’s impact locally and globally.

As a museum and community organization, we believe that celebrating diversity and multiculturalism is important. With a year-round program of special exhibitions, a dynamic program of educational programs (including our lecture series and historical walking tours), and classes and workshops for kids and adults, we hope you’ll make SDCHM your own, whether your visit is virtual or in person.

We look forward to continuing to refresh our galleries and to further invigorating our public programs with you, our patron, in mind. While we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, we are an evolving museum. The Board, Staff, and I wish to hear from you about how to make your museum even more relevant and responsive to the community.

We are a Chinese culture-driven museum, yet we believe SDCHM is for everyone! We look forward to seeing you at the SDCHM soon.

Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres

Executive Director, SDCHM