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Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest


Invites High School and College students to participate in a Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest based on the What We Wore: Celebrating Chinese Fashion Heritage exhibition.

Contestants will be asked to pick a favorite garment on which to base their design.
Fabrics need not be the same. Costs will be the responsibility of the contestant but it is suggested not to exceed $100.

Garments will be judged by a panel on creativity, design, execution, resourcefulness and relevance.  Fabrics need not be the same. Elements of design can be embroidery, beading, fabric painting or appliqué.

You will be asked to keep a journal for this contest.  Garment can be modeled by designer or someone of his/her choosing.  Garments to be presented in April at a date to be selected.  Finalists will show at the May 19 Gala and receive their monetary prize.

Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest


2018 Brochure coming soon

2018 Brochure coming soon. Bookmark this page so you don't miss out on our exciting 2018 offerings!



Dear Museum friends and family,

Like all 501(c)(3) organizations, we rely mainly on individual donations and grants, so your financial support is vital to our daily operations and will enable us to continue our mission. This #GivingTuesday (November 28) please consider making a donation to the Museum through the Chinatown Museum Foundation. Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2M total in donations on Facebook starting at 8am ET, up to $1K per fundraiser and $50K per nonprofit.

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Thank you for your support.

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion

We are very excited to partner with Chicago Cultural Alliance and act as one of the host museums for "Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion" to be held Spring 2018. The event will consist of a showing of cultural objects, presentation of dance, and discussion on the intersection and process with curator and choreographer. Selected choreographers will develop new movement (or pull from existing repertoire and re-work) in partnership with and in response to objects and themes present in collections at the host museum. Choreographers/dance companies who are interested in participating please see the link for more details.



Announcing the appointment of Mabel Menard as Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Announcing the appointment of Mabel Menard as Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago

The Chinatown Museum Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mabel Menard, MS, MA, MBA/HRM as the new Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, effective October 16, 2017.

Hong Kong-born Ms Menard has over 20 years of experience in social services and management and has been a strong supporter of the museum’s programming and fundraising efforts. She was a 2016 recipient of "The President's Volunteer Service Award" for her various volunteering activities, including Year Up of Chicago, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and Junior Achievement, and has served on several nonprofit boards. She received her Bachelor’s degree and her first Master’s degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and a second Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While working full time in social service administration, she obtained her MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. She has been on the faculty for the School of Business, the College of Social Sciences, and the College of Humanities and Sciences at the Chicago campus since 2009.

As the Executive Director, Ms Menard will focus on promoting the museum’s mission through external operations such as community relations, fundraising, programming, and education. We look forward to her leadership and vision in steering the museum towards visibility, expansion, and sustainability.


Chinese War Brides Act

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center is excited to host a new temporary exhibition, 1946 Chinese War Brides Act – H.R. 4844, which helped create a newly structured family system and stabilized the Chinese American communities. Come see the documents and pen used by President Harry S. Truman to sign H.R. 4844 into law. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (美州同源會) - Chicago Chapter. We thank the Chinese American Citizens Alliance – National Lodge for its generous loan.


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