The San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum is pleased to announce Jiātíng gùshì (“Family Stories”): Intergenerational Oral History Project at the SDCHM, which will involve the community in exploring innovative ways to engage visitors with the history of the San Diego Chinese community.  Through this project, the SDCHM will invite museum community members to share stories with their family through oral history interviews to take place via a series of public workshops. Workshops will take place at the Pei Chen Liu and Tsuan-Nien Chang Library at the Museum’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension (328 J Street, San Diego 92101) starting July 27, 2019.

Each workshop will see Museum stakeholders share stories related to one of six different themes, inspired by objects of the Museum’s permanent collection. The themes include:

      • Ah Quin: a founding father of San Diego
      • Chinese markets in downtown San Diego
      • Chinese laundries in downtown San Diego
      • Stories of Chinese-American veterans
      • The Chinese Mission Church
      • The creation of the Asian-Pacific Thematic Historic District in downtown San Diego

Workshops will take place in English, Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and/or Cantonese, depending on the language preferences of participants.  

These workshops will mark the start of an ongoing oral history program here at the Museum. Interview conversations will be recorded as audio, transcribed, and made available for public consultation at the Museum starting November 2019. We are excited to watch the project develop.


Get more information about upcoming Oral History Workshops on our events calendar


  •  July 27, 2019, featuring special guest, Murray K. Lee (historian, WWII Veteran, and advocate for Chinese-American Veterans in San Diego).
  • August 31, 2019 (details to be confirmed)
  • September 28, 2019 (details to be confirmed)
  • October 12, 2019 (details to be confirmed)
  • October 26, 2019 (details to be confirmed)
  • November 9, 2019 (details to be confirmed)

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, (particularly by new and/or underserved audiences), and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. The $3,665 received from California Humanities will go toward the purchase of equipment and supplies for project workshop sessions.  

Some support was also received from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, through its Community Enhancement Program, for FY19-20.  Thank you to District 1 Supervisor, Greg Cox, and to District 4 Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher, for your recommendations!

Additional support will be needed to fund staff time dedicated to the project. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in support of this project, you may do so online (using the “Donate” link to the left of this text), via the phone (619-338-9888) or by mail (404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101).

Our Tax Identification Number is: 33-0179740.