Chinatown To Battleground
May 4–June 12, 2022
Veterans Gallery Ste. 102
Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
This Chinese American Military Exhibition celebrates the military service of Chinese Americans from the Civil War to Afghanistan. Chinatown To Battleground exhibit features over 200 personal military artifacts from Montgomery Hom’s collection along with custom designed banners and multimedia elements. These showcase Chinese Americans who served in every theater of war and in every branch of the armed forces. Designed and deployed by Montgomery Hom and Ron Chan, Co-Founders of the Chinese American GI Project the exhibit is sponsored by the American Legion Cathay Post 384, the Chinese Historical Society Of America (CHSA) the Chinese American Citizens Alliance
“The American Legion Cathay Post 384 is proud to be the first sponsor to initiate, fund and support this recognition for our Veterans. Our post has served Chinese American Veterans for over a century. This comprehensive exhibition is a long time coming to recognize that Chinese American history is American history!”American Legion Cathay Post 384 Commander Helen Wong LTC, USAR, Ret.
“The Chinese American GI Project since its inception has been affiliated with CHSA, representing our acknowledgement and support of Chinese American men and women who served bravely, often in the face of discrimination.”CHSAExecutive Director Justin Hoover
“…we are proud to support this exhibition which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of the Chinese Americans who proudly answer the call to duty and served with distinction and honor in the U.S. Armed Services from the Civil War to Afghanistan.”President of Chinese American Citizens Alliance Melanie Chan
The Chinatown to Battleground exhibit, will be deployed later in a nationwide roadshow as a source of pride for the Chinese American community and its veterans The exhibit makes its Silicon Valley/ South Bay debut during summer 2022 and is sponsored by the Chinese Historical Cultural Project (CHCP) / Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM). CHCP’s film and oral history project, War and Remembrance are part of the exhibit.
“We want to recognize Chinese Americans as part of the fabric of America and highlight our military service accomplishments and patriotism. This exhibition integrates well with our film project and provides great synergies in building a better museum experience for our members and visitors. It is a great addition to CHCP’s recognition of Chinese American contributions to medicine, science, engineering and business.”CHCP Board President David Yick,
A concurrent exhibit, May 1 – May 9, 2022, Friday–Monday. on board the USS Hornet, Sea and Space Museum features elements of the exhibition for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. The Chinese American Veterans exhibit joins programs from the Japanese and Filipino American Veterans community. USS Hornet, 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA
The Chinese American GI Project (CAGIP) was created in 2019 by Montgomery Hom and Ron Chan to promote and preserve this unique portion of America’s untold history. Their mission is to ensure that Chinese American military service is not forgotten, ignored or silent. In 2021 CAGIP published the book Fighting On All Fronts – Profiles Of WWII Chinese Americans From The Golden State.