Unless otherwise noted all programs will be presented in English. All programs and events are free and open to the public.
6:30 - 8:00
Join renowned architect and Chinese American studies historian Philip P. Choy for an insider’s guide to the history and architecture of San Francisco’s Chinatown in his book San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture. In this lecture and slide presentation, witness the triumphs and tragedies of the Chinese American experience in the United States from the city's earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an "oriental" tourist attraction as a pragmatic means of survival.
Mr. Choy co-taught the nation's first college level course in Chinese American history at San Francisco State University. He has served on numerous boards including the California State Historic Resource Commission, the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board, and the Chinese Historical Society of America. He is the recipient of the prestigious San Francisco State University President's Medal.
This program will be conducted in English.
3:30 - 5:00
Choose your own design and learn how to apply it with henna.
Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will show you how, and will help apply a design on participants.
Program limited to 25 people.
For ages 12-19.
This event requires a signed parent permission form for those under 18.
To request a form and sign up, or for more information, please contact Lisa Fagundes firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415 355 2822
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Over 400 years old, the Hamamatsu Festival is a celebration held each year in the town of Hamamatsu, Japan, from May 3 to May 5. Local towns which participate in the kite battles and float parades of the festival create cotton banners, called tenugui, with unique designs and colors that act as logos to help spectators identify the different groups competing. The library will be presenting over 100 of these tenugui cloths, along with the history of one of Japan’s most prominent events.
International Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor
*Funded by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.