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Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum -- Chong Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture -- is a public institution whose mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. After closing operations in Golden Gate Park in the fall of 2001, the Museum re-opens in newly expanded facilities at 200 Larkin Street (opposite City Hall) on Thursday, March 20, 2003.

Asia Society
The Asia Society seeks to promote Americans' understanding of Asia through increased dialogue and exposure to the people, cultures, and systems of the Asia-Pacific region. Established in New York in 1956, the Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, dedicated to providing a forum for building awareness of and dialogue with the diverse countries and peoples of Asia. The Northern California Center opened in September 1998, and presents more than 30 public programs annually to a growing local constituency. Drawing on its strength as one of the nations pre-eminent educational and networking links between Americans and Asians, the Society strives to offer fresh perspectives on the forces and issues that are shaping Asia's relations with California, the United States, and the rest of the world. Through lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, cultural events and country briefings, it presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the Bay Area.

Chinese for Affirmative Action
CAA is a 34-year-old civil rights organization that advances the civil rights of Asian and Pacific Americans through a combination of direct services for low-income immigrants, local and statewide policy reform and advocacy as well as multi-ethnic coalition building. CAA has three offices. Two are located in San Francisco, in the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Visitacion Valley. In 2003, CAA opened the first public policy office focusing on APA civil rights in Sacramento.

Chinese Historical Society of America
The Chinese Historical Society of America, conceived in San Francisco in the fall of 1962, is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the study, documentation, and dissemination of Chinese American history. The Society's principles are to establish, maintain, and operate a scientific, literary, and educational organization; to study, record, acquire, and preserve all suitable artifacts and such cultural items as manuscripts, books, and works of art or their facsimiles which have a bearing on the history of the Chinese living in the United States of America; to establish a headquarters to enable the display of such items as are acquired; to issue papers and publicity pertaining to the findings of the Society; and to promote the contributions that Chinese Americans living in this country have made to the United States of America.

KTSF-TV Channel 26
KTSF-TV is a multi-lingual television station serving the rapidly growing Asian American marketplace in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1976, KTSF is an independent, full-power station, providing the Bay Area's 1.4 million Asians with news, information and entertainment in twelve languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean and Hindi. In 1989, KTSF became the first broadcaster in the nation to carry a live Chinese-language newscast. KTSF's signal reaches more than 2.75 million households in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose television market.

Explore and learn about San Francisco Chinatown, and find information about attractions, points of interest, history, events, restaurants, and culture.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF)
The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is a non-profit organization founded over twenty years ago by concerned citizens and descendants of detainees who were committed to preserving the deteriorating immigration station barracks. AIISF's primary goals are to lead the effort to preserve, restore, and interpret Angel Island Immigration Station, a National Historic Landmark, as the Pacific gateway for U.S. immigration; and to promote educational activities that further the understanding of Pacific Rim immigration in American history. (415) 561-2160.

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
NARA is a public trust on which our democracy depends. It enables people to inspect for themselves the record of what government has done. It enables officials and agencies to review their actions and helps citizens hold them accountable. It ensures continuing access to essential evidence that documents: the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, the national experience. NARA's Pacific Regional facility in San Bruno, CA is a depository and research center for historical records from Federal agencies and courts in northern and central California, Hawaii, Nevada (except Clark County), the Pacific Trust Territory and American Samoa. For additional information about records and services, phone 650-876-9009 or email sanbruno.archives@nara.gov.