Safe Harbor: Shanghai Conference and Exhibit Highlights Little Known History

1-Day Conference October 31, 2019
6-Month Special Exhibit

For Jewish people escaping Nazi escaping Nazi Europe in the 1930s, few countries were willing to take them in. During World War II, Shanghai, China offered a rare, safe harbor, sheltering almost 20,000 Jewish refugees.

Life for these “stateless” in Shanghai would prove harsh and challenging, particularly under increasingly restrictive Japanese occupation. Confined to a “ghetto” by Japanese authorities, Jewish refugees found themselves caught between both theaters of the war.

The Chinese American Museum in Washington DC, will host a 1-Day conference on October 31, 2019 and curate a special, 6-month exhibit at the site of the new cultural museum, currently in development. The exhibition will highlight the history, stories, and global implications for the Jewish diaspora in Shanghai. An exhibit, conference, and online media will include personal stories of survivors, refugees, and descendants that settled in the United States. The event will be at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 (just several blocks from the museum) from 9:30am to 2:00pm. $25.

On Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:30pm, view a screening of the documentary, “Above the Drowning Sea.” The film will be shown at the University of California Washington Center (next door to the museum). $10. Requires separate registration.

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The Chinese American Museum Foundation is a non-profit, non-political, non-geopolitical 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to establish a new museum dedicated to advancing the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the Chinese American experience by highlighting shared cultural exchanges and stories of the spirit, resilience, and contributions of Chinese Americans throughout our past, present, and future.