A Partnership with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum & the 1882 Foundation Network.

The 1882 Foundation convenes a national network of museums, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and federal agencies to foster collaboration around civil rights education with a focus on the history and legacies of the United States’ Chinese exclusion laws. By creating space to build partnerships across sectors, we preserve and interpret the experiences of Chinese Americans through creative, generative projects. The objects and stories featured on the 50 Objects page on the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story platform reflect the breadth of efforts occurring across the country to document Chinese American history. Under the stewardship of diverse organizations and individuals, these stories are powerful touchstones to our nation’s past—demonstrating how personal experiences resonate collectively and reinforcing how Chinese American history is American history.

View the stories here.

In its first year, the 50 Objects Project featured 56 objects, bringing together over three dozen organizations and represents more than 20 community histories across the United States. The 1882 Foundation would like to thank the Tenement Museum for its partnership and recognize the following participants for their contributions to the project:

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation – Los Angeles, CA

Baldwin Chiu – Los Angeles, CA

Central Coast Chinese Association – San Luis Obispo, CA

Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Albuquerque Lodge – Albuquerque, NM

Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Seattle Lodge – Seattle, WA

Chinese American Citizens Alliance, National Archives – National

Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Chicago, IL

Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

Chinese Historical Society of America – San Francisco, CA

Chinese Historical Society of New England – Boston, MA

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee – Pacific Northwest, US

Chinese Youth Club – Washington, DC

Corky Lee – New York, NY

Gabriella Chu, 1882 Foundation [ Me + 3 ] Fellow – Seoul, Korea

Jackie and Jason Fong – Washington, DC

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site – John Day, OR

Leslie Li – New York, NY

Lily Liu – Washington, DC

Lowdown On Chinatown – San Francisco, CA

Moy Family Association – Washington, DC

Museum of Chinese in America – New York, NY

New York University – Asian/Pacific/American Institute – New York, NY

Nested Egg Productions – Honolulu, HI

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates – National

Organization of Chinese American Women – National

Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – Los Angeles, CA

Russell Gong – Alexandria, VA

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage – Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Washington, DC

Tenement Museum – New York, NY

Terry Guen Design Associates – Chicago, IL

Tom Fong – Washington, DC

University of Minnesota Asian American Studies Department – Minneapolis, MN

University of Mary Washington History and American Studies Departments – Fredericksburg, VA

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience – Seattle, WA

Wing On Wo & Co. – W.O.W. Project – New York, NY