- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
The Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County (CAWC) was informally founded in 1961 by a group of women who were brought together by the common thread of preserving Chinese culture through educating their children. While the children attended weekly Chinese school and learned the Chinese language, the mothers would socialize playing a game of mah jong while discussing different topics. The winnings from these weekly gatherings soon filled their "bank" (a metal coffee can). Eventually, the discussions ensued starting a cultural club; a club that would support, educate and befriend the entire community. The CAWC’s mission is to "preserve Chinese culture and traditions and serve the community where needed." The founders combined cultural activities with fundraising to create opportunities to educate the community and generate revenue for future organizing efforts. These efforts are documented in this exhibit.
Reception April 29, 2012 4-6 p.m.