Reaching for The American Dream: The Greek Story in America Exhibition Gifted By Angela G. Paterakis

Reaching for The American Dream: The Greek Story in America Exhibition Gifted By Angela G. Paterakis

The National Hellenic Museum’s core exhibit has been refreshed to include more objects, photographs, and personal stories that reflect the Greek American experience. In tracing the path of Greek immigration to America, Reaching for the American Dream: The Greek Story in America teaches about our shared heritage and preserves our history for generations to come.

The Greek Story in America encompasses thousands of unique experiences that portray the successes and hardships that contribute to the American mosaic. While creating communities, building businesses, and participating in defining moments of American history, Greek Americans have always sought to preserve their Greek identity and culture. Through educational programming, the National Hellenic Museum shares the ever-developing narratives of the Hellenic legacy and continues to protect our collective memories.


UIMA’s permanent collection exhibition, “Pushing the Limits’ features works from artists who, for their time, attempted to transcend the limitations of their chosen medium as dictated by convention and traditional art practice, towards another realm- whether it be another medium, dimension, or state of consciousness.

Tea with Clara Barton

Tea with Clara Barton

Have tea with Clara Barton at another of the Irish American Heritage Center’s Saturday Morning Tea Series.

Clara Barton (1821-1912) was an educator, civil rights activist, suffragist, nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. She spent much of her lifetime in the service of others. Find out why this remarkable woman was known as the Angel of the Battlefield.

Storyteller, playwright and actress Megan Wells portrays Clara Barton Tea with Clara Barton is Saturday, April 21 at 11am. Tickets are $25 for adults and children 12 and under are $8. Reservations are necessary. To purchase tickets, click below or call 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

Screening of “Journey of a Paper Son”

Screening of “Journey of a Paper Son”

Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago and filmmaker Ming Lai for a special screening of “Journey of a Paper Son,” which explores the rippling effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 through the eyes of one man and his family.


In “Journey of a Paper Son,” an elderly Chinese man, who’s dying from cancer, shocks his family when he reveals that he’s a “paper son” (an illegal immigrant using fake documents) and asks them for a final wish to change back his name.

In “Journey of a Paper Son,” an elderly Chinese man (Jack Ong), who’s dying from cancer, shocks his family when he reveals that he’s a “paper son” (one who illegally immigrated to the U.S., using fake documents and claiming he’s the son of an American citizen) and asks them for a final wish to change back his name. His request threatens to tear apart his family (Patty Toy Chung, Angelina Cheng, Teddy Chen Culver), testing the limits of their love. Meanwhile, his doctor (Mario Cortez) desperately tries to save him. We discover that he’s just one of countless “paper sons” who were born from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first federal law to restrict immigration to the U.S. based on race or nationality.

Click here for the trailer:

HANA Center & NAKASEC 2nd Annual Gala

HANA Center & NAKASEC 2nd Annual Gala

HANA Center & NAKASEC invite you to join them for their 2nd Annual Gala – Root to Fruit: Our Families, Our Future!

The Gala will celebrate a year of empowering advocacy and services, and reaffirm our steadfast dedication to building strong leaders, alliances, and collective power in 2018 and beyond!

6-7 PM Cocktail Reception
7-9 PM Program & Dinner

NAKASEC Organizer & DACAmented leader Jung Woo Kim

(Stay tuned – more great speakers and awardees to be announced!)

Early-bird tickets will go on sale Spring 2018

We welcome you to join us in supporting our 2nd Annual Gala by sponsoring, joining our host committee, and donating to our silent auction / raffle! Please reach out to Jeff Chan at [email protected] for more information.

For anyone who would like to support our work but cannot join us for the gala, we encourage you to donate online at

We look forward to advancing immigrant justice together with you in 2018!

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Reinterpreting Religion Opening Reception

Reinterpreting Religion Opening Reception

Curated by Lauren Leving

In many religions worldwide, especially within the most conservative sects, women are seen as second-class citizens. To be male means to hold the power. There is no denying the progress that comes with time, but contemporary interpretation of religion is still drastically lacking in regards to gender equality. Reform institutions allow female rabbis, imams, and pastors, yet a female pope is not allowed. In 2015, the Rabbinical Council of America developed a policy forbidding the hiring of female rabbis in Orthodox institutions and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints refuses to ordain women. Women, both those in leadership roles and worshippers, are often silenced in their own religious institutions—spaces which, in theory, are meant to be welcoming, and provide solace to those who seek it.

Reinterpreting Religion is a group exhibition featuring seven artists from the U.S., the U.K., and Italy including: Giulia Bianchi (Milan, IT), Alexandria Eregbu (Chicago), Sarah Maple (Sussex, UK), Yvette Mayorga (Chicago), Roni Packer (Chicago), Lakshmi Ramgopal (Chicago), and Kristine Stolakis (San Francisco). These artists employ photography, installation, painting, sculpture, and video to examine the nuances of spirituality. Their bodies of work highlight the ways feminism, religion, and perspectives shaped by life experiences coalesce to cultivate individualized systems of belief that move away from stringent guidelines outlined by the conservative structures of worship. Raising questions of ownership in regards to religious practices, the artists in Reinterpreting Religion use their artwork to reclaim power against unjust systems, not just for themselves but also for the subjects depicted in their work and for their audiences.

Religion does not lie on a single plane. It is layered; each congregant has ownership over her perspective. Rejecting blanket statements and cultural stereotypes, this exhibit showcases differing feminist interpretations of contemporary religion and spirituality. Reinterpreting Religion highlights the ability to pick and choose fragments of religion; each artist creates her own way of worship, forming an intersectional spirituality that includes multiple viewpoints and cultural practices that stay true to one’s self and set of beliefs. This exhibition brings to the forefront opinions typically ignored in conservative institutions and encourages viewers to stop relying on tradition, be receptive of new schools of thought, and learn to be unafraid of otherness.

Tea with Sojourner Truth

Tea with Sojourner Truth

Join activist Sojourner Truth for tea in another in our Saturday Morning Tea Series.

Sojourner Truth was born a slave but escaped to freedom with her infant daughter. She went on to become an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, perhaps best known for her speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”

Actress Pamela Welcome weaves first-person stories of Truth’s activities and her political perspectives with renditions of spirituals like those Truth sang as a preacher.

Tea with Sojourner Truth is Saturday, June 2 at 11am. Tickets are $25 for adults and children 12 and under are $8. Click below to purchase tickets or call 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

What does it mean to be Chinese in America?

What does it mean to be Chinese in America?

What does it mean to be Chinese in America? This question could be asked of any immigrant community. “Who are we” resonates across cultures and nations. In today’s political environment, this question of identity is even more important.

According to Van C. Tran, a Columbia University professor whose research focuses on post-1965 immigrants and their children. According to Tran, “First generation” means the people who come to this country and become Americans, he says. The second generation is their American-born children, and so forth.

Tran says, there is a pattern that academics have recognized in the first, second and third generations of Americans who came out of the immigration wave a century ago. The first generations, the grandparents, tried to blend in. The second generation, their children also try to blend in.

The third generation discovers their roots, recovers what they can and claims the culture proudly.

As part of the closing reception of the ORIGIN Youth Group’s exhibit on bridging the intergenerational gap among Chinese Americans, The Chinese American Museum of Chicago would like to discuss these generational layers through the lens of several people from vastly different backgrounds.

The museum has invited Chicago-based painter Mark Yee and storyteller Ada Cheng to be our key speakers on Saturday, June 2, from 2pm to 4pm. Mark and Ada both followed non-traditional paths for both artists and Asian Americans – Mark going into business and then painting and Ada being a sociology professor for 15 years before pursuing performance.

We will also plan to have a professor discussing ethnicity and identity and a other panelists bringing unique views on the topic of generations and identity.


The rest of the ORIGIN exhibit and programming can be found here:

Merula Concert

Merula Concert

Come listen to the Merula choir as they sing jazz, pop, folk and blues from Swedish composers and singers to kick off summertime. Songs include jazz selections made popular by Monica Zetterlund, an ABBA tribute, Hooked on a feeling, and a medley from the movie Ronja Rövardotter. Admission is $10 for anyone over 12 years.