In Search of Roots Exhibition

2009-2010 Roots Interns during their trip through their ancestral villages

On Saturday February 5th 2011 at 2pm, we will be celebrating the opening of our In Search of Roots Program’s exhibition opening. This exhibition is the anthology of the 2009-2010 Roots interns’ explorations and discoveries, and narrates a search for a self-made personal identity that evolves beyond mere recorded history. An understanding of this history, however, allows us to contextualize the powerful impact of heritage upon a dynamic twenty first century identity. Join the CCC in support of the Roots interns’ continued exploration of this cultural discourse, and experience their journey firsthand.

For twenty years, the Roots program has assisted young Americans of Chinese ancestry in their search for a greater appreciation and understanding of their complex identity. Each year, teams of interns engage this task via genealogical research and self-study. Interns begin the yearlong process by researching their own origins in the histories of the people of the Pearl River Delta and Chaoshan regions of Guangdong Province, and the generations of migration to the United States. Interviews with family members and research at the National Archives in San Bruno allows each intern to sketch an image of their ancestral family and of the individuals and events that through family history, Diaspora, and individual choice shaped each intern’s own unique, contemporary identity. This research and study comes full circle during a journey to interns’ ancestral villages in China. Often complex and emotionally overwhelming, this process helps dwarf the gap between past and present, and puts into personal perspective the continuity of an individual journey reflected against that of an entire culture.

Update: The Roots Exhibition is up, running, and getting rave reviews! Check out the Rooters’ creative process here:
The In Search of Roots Exhibition is open in the CCC gallery until April 20th. The gallery is open from 10am until 4pm Tuesday Through Saturday.