Out with the Old, In with the New

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There has been a lot of change here at SDCHM in the past twelve months. Three familiar faces left and were replaced by three new ones.  And then two of those new faces left and were replaced by two even newer ones. One staff member left for China (and we sincerely hope he comes back to us). One committed volunteer moved away.  We lost several longtime SDCHM members and supporters.

Overall, however, 2012 has been good to SDCHM.

Over 3,800 people visited our museum in 2012. Due to the diligence of Agnes and Alex Chuang’s fundraising efforts and the generosity of many members, the museum met our fundraising goals. We joined the San Diego Museum Council. The museum opened two temporary exhibits in the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Extension and held 11 different events.  We co-sponsored a film at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and another for the 75th observance of the invasion of Nanking.

As we look forward to 2013, we are participating in that age-old American ritual of making New Year’s resolutions.  We wanted to share a few with you here:

One staff member said she would like to improve our community outreach through the arts next year. (Stayed tuned for some exciting news regarding this in the Spring.)  Another staff member wants to help the museum become even more energy-efficient. (We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with SDG&E, who we know will help us in this effort.)  And another wishes to broaden our reach through social media and make some exciting updates to this blog.  What are some of your resolutions or wishes for the new year?

The museum will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but we will see you right back here on January 2, 2013.

Until then, best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2013 from your favorite Chinese Historical Museum,



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