At a glance


965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108




Open Tues.–Fri. 12–5pm
Open Sat. 11am–4pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays

CHSA will be closed from December 22 - January 2

Contact info

(415) 391-1188 x101




  • Near BART
  • Near MUNI
  • Indoors
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Kids

Share This Event

< Back To All Events

Underground Chinatown: Racism at the Fair — The 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
Apr 02, 2015 to Apr 02, 2016

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (PPIE), the Chinese Historical Society of America presents Underground Chinatown, a penetrating look back at a troubling aspect of the PPIE, also known as the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. The exhibition focuses on a popular attraction in the 1915 Fair’s “Joy Zone” that fascinated visitors with false portrayals of Chinese culture. With this presentation, CHSA explores persistent racial myths and stereotypes and their complex impact on our community. For more information, please visit our website at

Similar Events

City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair

Feb 21, 2015 to Jan 03, 2016
California Historical Society
Journey inside the PPIE to see what fairgoers encountered 100 years ago in the grand palaces, exotic foreign pavilions, and the amusement midway known as the Joy Zone. Learn what distinguished this world’s fair through vintage photographs, souvenirs, and other artifacts.
Learn More

Hakone’s Centennial: A Century of Beauty and Endurance

Feb 28, 2015 to Jan 30, 2016
Hakone Foundation
Hakone is the oldest Japanese estate garden in the Western Hemisphere. It was founded by Isabel Stine, a San Franciscan who was so enthralled by the Japan Pavilion at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition she wanted to have her own Japanese garden and retreat.
Learn More

Pacific Worlds

May 30, 2015 to Jan 03, 2016
Oakland Museum of California
Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and re-positioning the State as “the East Coast of the Pacific,” Pacific Worlds weaves together objects and ephemera from the Oakland Museum of California’s collections along with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices.
Learn More

City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair

Feb 21, 2015 to Jan 10, 2016
Palace of Fine Arts
After the fair closed, this ephemeral “city within a city” was all but erased from the landscape. The only building saved from demolition—and still standing in its original location—was the Palace of Fine Arts. Repaired in the 1930s, reconstructed in the 1960s, and recently restored, this beloved city landmark is one of architect Bernard Maybeck’s San Francisco masterworks.
Learn More