Herstory – The Legal History of Chinese-American Women

March 9, 2019 – June 1, 2019

The earliest Chinese American women who came to the U.S. in 1785 were mostly merchant’s wives and housemaids. In the following 165 years, these women pioneers established an impressive legal history. They not only fought to become American citizens but also fiercely fought for their right to be treated with dignity as human beings. Our exhibit showcases the legal milestones and often harrowing stories of these brave women. Before their lives and accomplishments are completely lost in the annals of history, we aim to tell her story. We finally give voice to those Chinese American women who paved the way for our past, present and future. This is a grand departure from the typical exhibit with historical posters and documents. Art speaks louder than words! Through video, sound and painting, the exhibit is an unprecedented multi-media art installation meant to memorialize and celebrate these courageous Chinese American women.

On weekends, Tuesdays, and Thursdays it is open to the public for private tours (at least four people) by appointment only at 11am and 2pm. Cost is $5 per person. To make an appointment, please email: or call 619.338.9888.