1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre, 150th Year Commemoration Events on October 17th & 22nd

The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre of 1871 was the worst mass-lynching in California history. It kicked off a decade of rampant Anti-Asian violence and legislation including the Chinese Exclusion Act, even as Chinese immigrants were hard at work building the infrastructure of California's future. Despite its severity and importance, this chapter of history remains largely unknown.


The UCLA Chancellor's Arts Initiative, UCLA Asian American Center, UCLA Asia Pacific Center has partnered with the Chinese American Museum to commemorate the massacre's 150th anniversary with a series of 3 programs, a teacher's workshop, a commemorative performance of music, movement, and VIP guest speakers, and a scholars panel.


The commemorative performance will take place at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument -- the site of Los Angeles' original Chinatown, where the massacre took place, and will be livestreamed on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 pm. Please see below for further information about the performance and additional commemorative events that may be of interest.


Sponsored by University of California Los Angeles Chancellor's Arts Initiative, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, UCLA History-Geography Project, Chinese American Museum, Scripps College Music Department


With support from the UCLA Chancellor's Council on the Arts, Helen & Morgan Chu Chair's Fund , Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair's Fund , Xiangli Chen China & Beyond Forum , Stanley Kwok Lau & Dora Wong Lau Endowment


Watch the Livestream Event




Watch the "Reflecting on the Past to End Racial Violence" Panel Discussion




K-12 Teacher Training Workshop (Online)

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm


Commemoration Program with Music & Performances (Livestream)

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm

1871 LAC

The musical program will feature the cast and crew of the podcast drama Blood on Gold Mountain (2021) including narrator Hao Huang with accompaniment by Psychopomp Contemporary Ensemble and original songs by The Flower Pistils. Movement artist Young-Tseng Wong will help bring the story of life, and the UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble will make a special appearance.


"Reflecting on the Past to End Racial Violence" Panel Discussion (Online)

Featuring Hao Huang (Scripps College), Eugene Moy (CHSCC), Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA), Karen Umemoto (UCLA), and Min Zhou (UCLA)

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm

1871 LAC Program

The 1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre was one of the bloodiest massacres against Asians in the US on record. It was the first in a series of riots and killings documented in places like Rock Springs Wyoming, San Francisco, and other towns along the Pacific Coast. It was in the midst of these attacks that the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed. A distinguised panel of speakers will shed more light on this little known chapter of Los Angeles and U.S. history in search of insights that might help us address the rise of anti-Asian hate we see today.