San Francisco's Bowl of Rice Party banner, 1940


This banner was probably used during Bowl of Rice party events in San Francisco in February 1940. Between 1938 and 1941, Chinese Americans led fundraising efforts, known as Bowl of Rice parties, to raise money to aid Chinese civilians suffering in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). Leaders organized Bowl of Rice party events in San Francisco’s and New York’s Chinatowns, along with in over two thousand communities across the country. The drives featured parades, concerts, pageants, and other activities. Participants displayed banner such as this one along parade routes.

To learn more about the history of Bowl of Rice parties, please see this blog post:

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Date Made: 1940

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, San FranciscoAssociated Place: China

Referenced: Philanthropy


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Credit Line: Daniel Ostroff

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.0216.01Accession Number: 2017.0216Catalog Number: 2017.0216.01

Object Name: banner

Physical Description: fabric; wood; paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 77.5 cm x 53 cm x 1 cm; 30 1/2 in x 20 7/8 in x 13/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1864974

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