Our Mission 

To collect, preserve and share the local Chinese American experience, history, and culture with our diverse community

Who will tell the stories?

Only you can tell the story of your family’s immigration to America. We want to honor those who left their homeland in China to provide a better life for themselves and their families. The Chinese Historical Society will collect, preserve and document these stories for present and future generations before they are lost. We will share these stories with the public so that our contribution to Memphis and the Mid-South will be recognized.

What can you do to help?

  • Any documents, photos, letters are accepted for preservation. These items can be digitized, if you would like to keep the originals. Contribute to the story of the Chinese experience in Memphis and the Mid-South.
  • Volunteer: help the Society to achieve its Mission by planning events to make our Society more visible to the public.
  • Identify: help us to identify places for future historical markers.
  • Participate in the oral history interviews for Your Story.
  • Become a member and join us in creating a Chinese Historical Society for present and future generations.


It’s Time to Tell Our Memphis Story!

The Pink Palace Museum is planning an exhibition in 2021 on the history of the Chinese in Memphis and the Mid South. Chinese Historical Society (CHS) is a proud community partner in the first–ever exhibition in Memphis.

Join and support this community effort. Here is how you can help:

  1. Tell us your story through an oral interview – your reminiscences will help tell the Chinese story of Memphis and the Mid South.
  2. Another way to help is to provide artefacts that can be on loan or a donation to the Pink Palace, who is seeking to create a permanent collection on Chinese objects. Artefacts can be an object(s) that are meaningful to your family or was a part of your store; photos that illustrate celebrations, store life, childhood, milestones; documents can be passports used by your grandparents, newspaper articles, citizenship documents, certificates, books; Chinese clothes, etc.

Although the exhibition does not open until 2021, CHS has already begun working with Pink Palace. Please contact the following people to schedule an interview, to donate an artefact, or ask questions:


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