Join us in 3 exciting CW: Bay Chronicles events that bring to life the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing in SF Bay!
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Retracing the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing around San Francisco Bay

A PROJECT BY RENE YUNG

IN COLLABORATION WITH
SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

RICHMOND KICK-OFF
Sat., Sept. 6, 2014
10:30 am – 5:00 pm


Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804



BAYVIEW HUNTERS
POINT COMMUNITY
GATHERING

Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm


EcoCenter at
Heron’s Head Park

32 Jennings St
San Francisco, CA 94124



CHINA CAMP CELEBRATION
Sun., Sept. 14, 2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


China Camp Village
China Camp State Park
San Rafael, CA 94901




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What do you do about 100 years of history that didn’t get into the history books? Right in our own backyard, here in the Bay Area? The history of Chinese shrimp fishing around San Francisco Bay is a rich and poignant story that has faded from public memory, but now you can learn about it through our exciting new project, Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles.
 
We cordially invite you to join us in three unique public programs as we retrace this forgotten history in an interdisciplinary research and art expedition on the Grace Quan, a 43-foot replica of a 19th century SF Bay shrimp junk. Over two weeks in September, we will sail to former Chinese shrimping sites in a route that links San Rafael in the North Bay, Richmond in the East Bay, Redwood City in the South Bay, and San Francisco.
 
Our team of visual, sound, and media artists will chronicle the voyage, scientists from the San Francisco Estuary Institute will provide environmental commentary during the sails, and NPS’ John C. Muir, who led the building of the Park's Grace Quan, will be our skipper.
 
Free, land-side public programs will connect local communities and heritage to the history of Chinese shrimp fishing in the Bay. Each program will be a distinct, unforgettable experience:
 
Enjoy a fun and educational day at our KICK OFF EVENT at the magnificent Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront on September 6, from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, with tours of the Grace Quan, and a stellar program of presentations including sights and surround-sound from the sails, Richmond's little-known Chinese shrimp camps, building of the Grace Quan, and Bay historical ecology.
 
Join in our COMMUNITY GATHERING on September 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, a hidden urban gem at a thriving salt marsh in San Francisco’s India Basin. Learn about the diverse history of Bayview Hunters Point, hear community memories, and watch a sailing demonstration by the Grace Quan. Enjoy lunch with local specialties, hosted by the Bayview Historical Society.  

CELEBRATE THE EXPEDITION'S CONCLUSION on September 14, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, at China Camp Village, the only remaining historic site of the former Chinese shrimping camps around the Bay. Enjoy a magical afternoon with lion dancers at the dock, expedition tales, a pop-up sound installation, and honor this forgotten history in a ceremonial walk of remembrance.
 
Bay Chronicles will culminate in a transmedia installation at the SF Maritime NHP in 2015. Drawing together threads from diverse sources to recover forgotten history and reconnect communities with place, Bay Chronicles is the kind of cultural innovation that we at Chinese Whispers are most excited about bringing to you.

I sincerely hope you will join us at one or more of these exceptional events this September, and help us bring this overlooked chapter of Bay Area history back to life.
 
With warmest regards,
 
Rene Yung
Project Director, Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles
 
Artistic and Founding Director,
Chinese Whispers

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS 
RICHMOND KICK-OFF
Richmond
Sat., Sept. 6, 2014
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

10:30 am – 12:00 pm  
   On-deck tours of 
Grace
   Quan*

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm      
   Public program in Craneway

   with Bay Chronicles overview,
   images and surround-sound
   from the sails, and
   presentations by:
   Renowned historian of Asia
   America, Philip Choy;
   the Richmond Museum of
   History on Richmond's little-
   known Chinese shrimping
   settlement;
   NPS's John C. Muir on
   the building of the Grace Quan;
   SF Estuary Institute on the
   historical ecology of the Bay.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
   On-deck tours of Grace
   Quan*
  
  *First come first served on
   boat tours


Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way S.
Richmond, CA 94804

In partnership with Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Museum of History, and San Francisco Estuary Institute
BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT
COMMUNITY GATHERING

San Francisco
Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

12:30 pm
   Afri-Cali delectables
   by Radio Africa & Kitchen
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
   Public program in EcoCenter:
   Bayview Historical Society on
   the neighborhood's history; 
   Marine biologist Andrew Cohen
   on the Bay shrimp and its
   ecological significance; 
   Long-time Bayview residents
   Oscar James and Dorris
   Vincent on memories of the
   former Chinese shrimping
   community in Hunters Point;
   Overview of CW: Bay
   Chronicles, sights and sounds
   from the sails.
2:15 pm – 3:20 pm
   Grace Quan sailing 
   demonstration offshore from 
   Heron's Head Park

EcoCenter at
Heron’s Head Park

32 Jennings St
San Francisco, CA 94124

In partnership with the Bayview Historical Society, Aquarium of the Bay, EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, and Chinese Historical Society of America
CHINA CAMP CELEBRATION
San Rafael

Sun., Sept. 14, 2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2:00 pm
   Lion dancers dockside
   welcome
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
   Expedition stories from Bay
   Chronicles team;
   Immersive pop-up sound
   installation with sights and
   imagery from the sails.
   In the Museum: slideshows on
   ChineseWhispers: Bay
   Chronicles and SF Bay
   shrimping history. 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   Walk of remembrance honoring
   China Camp and the forgotten
   historical Bay Area shrimp 
   fishing communities.

China Camp Village
China Camp State Park
San Rafael, CA 94901

In partnership with Friends of China Camp, Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dancers
 
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Chinese Whispers: Bay ChroniclesSM is made possible by generous support from the Creative Work Fund, with additional support from the Center for Cultural Innovation, sponsors, and individual donors, and facilitation by project partners. We are a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists. Visit www.theintersection.org.
         


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Sn Francisco Estuary InstituteAquarium of the Bay SFChinese Historical Society of AmericaEcocenter at Heron's Head ParkFriends of China CampRichmond Museum of History

 

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