Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

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Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC, traditional Chinese: 南加州華人歷史學會; simplified Chinese: 南加州华人历史学会; pinyin: Nán Jiāzhōu Huárén Lìshǐ Xuéhuì) is located in Los Angeles Chinatown. It was started by Paul Louie, William Mason, and Paul De Falla, with the organizing meeting held at Cathay Bank on November 1, 1975.

Chinatown Heritage and Visitors Center

Its mission, as stated on its website, is as follows:

  • To bring together people with a mutual interest in the important history and historical role of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Southern California;
  • To pursue, preserve and communicate knowledge of this history; and
  • To promote the heritage of the Chinese and Chinese American community in support of a better appreciation of our rich, multi-cultural society.

CHSSC is one of the most active historical societies in Southern California. There are monthly meetings,[1] field trips,[2] archive and library collections,[3][4][5] oral history projects, scholarships, and publications.

They purchased the site of their present building in Bernard Street in the mid 90's,[6]constructing a Chinatown Heritage & Visitors Center, which is open to the public.[7]


CHSSC have published several books; Duty & Honor in 1998, celebrating Chinese American world war II veterans,[8] and Portraits of Pride I (2004)[9] & II (2012), collections of the biographies of high achieving, yet little known Chinese Americans.

19th Century Chinese Memorial Shrine Preservation Project[edit]

In 1992 the society was able to purchase an 1880 shrine surrounded by 42 burial places in Evergreen Cemetery, which they restored, it is now a registered historic monument.[6][10]

CHSSC Honorees[edit]

Each year the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California honors Chinese Americans who have made significant contributions to the greater Los Angeles community, they have included:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hotharth, Tom (12 January 2017). "Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo frames his family legacy for Chinese Historical Society". Daily News. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ Singh Gee, Alison (26 February 2018). "Beyond Gold Mountain: Yosemite's Chinese American History". Sierra Club. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Collection, ca.1880-1933". Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Cal State LA class collects history of local Chinese American community". Pasadena Star News. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "World War II Chinese American veterans collection". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Connie Kang, K. (17 September 1992). "Chinese Group Wins Battle to Buy 1888 Shrine". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ Hemmerlein, Sandi (17 January 2017). "Welcome the Coming of Spring With These Lunar New Year Celebrations". KCET. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Catalogue - Duty & Honor". Worldcat. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Chinese in California exhibit opens". 4 August 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  10. ^ Ni, Ching-Ching (July 25, 2010). "Irvin R. Lai dies at 83; Chinese American community leader in Los Angeles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  11. ^ CHSSC 2005 Honorees Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ CHSSC 2006 Honorees Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ a b c "Honorees". Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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