On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience

May 18, 2001 – September 30, 2001

See Family Portrait, 1914. Top Row: Ray and Milton. Bottom Row: Eddy, Fong See, Florence, Letticie and Bennie. Courtesy of Leslee See Leong.

Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

West Hall

Relating history from a personal dimension, this exhibition tells the story of 6 generations of a Chinese American family in Los Angeles from 1867 to the present. With artifacts, archival materials, photographs, and fine art from over 50 local and national collections, the exhibition examines the events and influences surrounding Chinese immigration in California and the United States, and the circumstances that transformed the Chinese in America into Chinese Americans. Also included is the re-created environment of a trans-Pacific steamship.

The exhibition is based on the book On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family by Lisa See and was produced by the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California.

It is coordinated by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Studies Program and sponsored by Bank of America.

No photography permitted.