Roots California Excursions 2017
Locke: May 27; September 30
Monterey: June 17
Napa: July 15
$90/ CCC Contemporaries
Package of 3 Excursions:
To book, contact: [email protected], or call
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC)
750 Kearny St., 3/F
San Francisco, CA 94108
CCC is pleased to announce the 2017 Roots California Excursions season. The day-long excursions to various California sites of Locke, Napa, and Monterey are study-led tours that immerse participants into the unique forgotten stories of the first Chinese Americans in California.
On Roots California Excursions, participants will explore California’s rich history through the lens of the Chinese American experience that tap into a deep universal connection of the historical experience. “During the trip, I made unexpected connections to my own family history,” says a participant. “It was so relevant too and I felt a real connection to the stories and the sites.”
Learn how the first Chinese Americans in California contributed to the state’s development as an agricultural and economic powerhouse of today. From planting the first vineyards in Napa and asparagus fields in the Sacramento Delta, to establishing a strong legacy of fishing in Monterey, Chinese Americans have fostered the early development of California as a tycoon of industry and progressive thinking. Designed and led by CCC’s Education and Engagement Director, Darin Ow-wing, a 4th generation Chinese American with long-standing ties to California, Roots California Excursions are a lens to California’s diversity and social justice.
Join CCC in 2017 to explore and gain a fresh perspective on California history!
Tours have a few pick up locations depending on the trip. Bus pickup will be around 9am and return around 6pm.
San Francisco: Locke, Monterey, Napa
East Bay: Locke
South Bay: Monterey
Specific pick up locations will be emailed to participants after booking. Times may vary depending on excursion. Call for more information.
LOCKE: Travel back to the only town inhabited exclusively by Chinese in America
Home to pioneers, who brought critical expertise and labor to the building of early America, the town of Locke in the Sacramento Delta is the only town inhabited and designed exclusively by Chinese in America. Locke was one of hundreds of Chinese communities that once existed across the American West and remains as a poignant reminder of their early presence.
The most popular tour, this Roots Excursion visits the original Chinese school, gambling hall, association, and bunk house. Explore the town, have lunch at the wonderful Locke Garden, and shop for arts, crafts and historical curios. The day is finished by touring a local family farm!
MONTEREY: Voyage to the fishing villages that shaped Monterey
“Imagine, just 100 years ago, Chinese people were being driven out of their
villages and depicted as these demons who were going to destroy America. Monterey ties into that history really well.” - Bryn Williams, Stanford University archeologist
Monterey delves into the fascinating history of early Chinese fishing villages. Landing in Monterey in the 1850s, the first Chinese families created the abalone and squid industry in the area. Journey with a 5th generation descendent of the first Chinese fishing village settlers, Geraldine Low-Sobado, who will share knowledge about the archeological excavation and courageous efforts to promote remembrance of the village, along with current projects by Stanford, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the local merchants to restore a place in history for the Chinese pioneers. Steinbeck readers will learn the surprising connection of the Chinese community with Dr. Ed Rickett’s pioneering research on coastal biodiversity. Interact with a working replica of a fishing boat used by early pioneers.
NAPA VALLEY: Trek to the world’s premiere wine region and imbibe in its rich history
In the 1800’s, Chinese nearly created the entire early economic infrastructure of the world famous Napa Valley. How did they do that? The Chinese planted the first vineyards in Napa, dug the first wine caves, erected majestic stone bridges, extracted mercury valued in the millions of dollars, and built the first roads and railroads.
Join CCC’s Director of Education Darin Ow-Wing on a personal journey as he narrates both the historical contributions of Chinese while reflecting on his personal experiences of growing up in his hometown of Napa. Discover the surviving evidence of Napa’s success, including an outing to a century old winery and stone bridge, plus viewing a stunning contemporary mosaic that uniquely portrays the Chinese experience in America. Optional wine tasting included for an additional fee.
About Roots California Excursions and the Him Mark Lai Learning Center
Roots California Excursions are immersive study tours that journey through California’s forgotten stories. These study-tours are for intellectually curious participants, hungry for relevant connections to history through a educator-designed framework and authentic experience with the site. Experience history through a Chinese American lens for deep engagement on how oppressed peoples contribute to California diversity and social justice as part of CCC’s mission to elevated underserved communities and give voice to equality. Roots California Excursions are designed and led by CCC’s Education and Engagement Director, Darin Ow-wing, a 4th generation Chinese American with long-standing ties to California. Roots California Excursions are a program of the Him Mark Lai Learning Center, the CCC’s education and community engagement hub, founded in honor of Him Mark Lai by the late Mrs. Laura Lai, Dr. Rolland and Kathryn Lowe, with support from Dr. Richard and Tatwina Lee and the CCC Board of Directors. The vision of the Him Mark Lai Learning Center is to honor the Chinese American historian’s legacy by providing a voice for equality about experiences from history, and fostering interest and involvement about contemporary issues.
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, a non-profit organization established in 1965, has managed the Chinese Culture Center since 1973 in San Francisco’s Chinatown. CCC elevates underserved communities, and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. CCC has over five decades of experience embedded in the community leading complex public art projects and events supported by Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, among others.
CCC’s curatorial perspective integrates innovation, respect for tradition, a sense of the power of place, and a commitment to engagement with the local community through a process-driven lens. In the last decade, the organization has sought opportunities throughout the neighborhood for the presentation of art, from Portsmouth Square as the “living room of Chinatown”, to vacant storefronts, to Chinatown’s network of alleyways, through which the community’s lifeblood flows. Moreover, deep engagement with artists steeped in a social practice approach to art-making has been a core to its programming.