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Festival of 6 coordinated exhibits illuminating various aspects of the Chinese and Asian and Asian Experiences in California.

Show Dates and Location

Exhibit Dates: October 12, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Exhibit Location: CSUEB University Library, Hayward Campus, Lower and Upper-Mall

Exhibit Promotional Statement

The CSUEB Libraries Present Six Major Exhibits on The Chinese-American Experience in California

Discover the forces that have shaped life in California for Chinese immigrants from the Gold Rush to today

Included are two large traveling exhibits from notable local historical institutions:

- Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act, produced by the Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco;

- Gateway to Gold Mountain, produced by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

Each of these exhibits consists of numerous large, free-standing graphic banners that illustrate various aspects of the Chinese immigrant experience in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special focus on the treatment by the American "host" culture that made the effort to attain full citizenship such a hard-won experience.

The Library has invited the participation of other campus groups to illustrate specific aspects of Chinese Experience in California theme:

- Professor George Miller of the CSUEB Anthropology department is coordinating a large student-produced exhibit entitled Ghosts of the Dam: The Chinese Laborers Who Built Lake Chabot;

- Professor David Woo of the CSUEB Geography & Environmental Sciences department is supplying graphic and statistical material that outlines the shifting historical demographics in recent decades within the Bay Area called Immigration and Bay Area Asians;

- Curator Lanier Graham of the University Art Gallery is producing a display that portrays Chinese high culture from 200 B.C. to the 20th century;

- Joanne Ludwig of the CSUEB Art department is producing a gallery show: Asian Pacific Islander Student & Alumni Art.


Festival Producer/Coordinator: Richard Apple

NOTE: Credits for individual participating exhibits are listed in the Guides for each.

Wall Posters for This Exhibit

Publicity Mailer for Festival

Exhibit Backstory

Six-in-One Exhibit Takes Over the Library!

As you can discern from elsewhere on this page, in 2008 the CSUEB Libraries invited 2 traveling exhibits and 4 CSUEB departmental players to participate in this unique festival centering on the Chinese Experience in California.

What is not so clear is that - at one point when all the exhibits were finally up - they seemed to overtake the library itself:

  • The Lower Mall was dedicated to the Immigration and Bay Area Asians panels, the traveling Remembering 1882 display, and the Asian Student Art Exhibit;
  • The Upper Mall was literally almost filled with the Anthropology-produced Ghosts of the Dam 10' panels and accompanying display cases;
  • Additionally on the Upper Mall, the Art Gallery's Stones & Bones display took over the Librarian's Alcove, and the Gateway to Gold Mountain free-standing panels took a footprint of 15' by 50' on the UM South Wall facing the Courtyard!

To make sense of it at this remote date, we recommend you visit the various component exhibits listed below or under the Past Exhibits tab at the top of this page.

You can link to new LibGuides for individual exhibits in this festival (as the Guides become available, links will be activated):

Traveling Exhibits:

CSUEB-Produced Exhibits:

Hope you enjoy what you see!

- DA