I got an opportunity to visit this museum for free (courtesy of Target free Thursdays) on a sunny afternoon. This museum was on top of my to-go list for a while.
The museum itself is quite small, although I heard that the old site was even smaller. Upon entry the museum is partitioned off to a few room. There’s a wall with influential Chinese Americans and on it you will find Yahoo’s Jerry Yang, the first Chinese governor Gary Locke. Rapper Jin the MC is placed right next to Bruce Lee which was one interesting juxtaposition.
You will find old movie posters of Caucasian Hollywood actors playing Chinese guys with the fumanchu mustache. Another interesting artifact is a little booklet for U.S. troops to use during World War 2 in the Pacific. There is a wall with old immigration documents from the late 1800 to early 1900′s, I didn’t even know so many Chinese people immigrated to the U.S. at that time. Check out all my pictures for a good sense of what the museum is about.
I think this museum is a must see for every Chinese American. Especially since it is free on Thursdays.