BOK KAI TEMPLE MUSEUM

HEATHER YOUNG

The Bok Kai Temple Museum is a project I've been wanting to do for many years. The project involves the construction of a museum that will house over 300 Chinese American artifacts from the mid 1800s. The Bok Kai Temple itself was built in the mid 1800s and remains one of the only fully functioning Doaist temples from that time.


As project manager I coordinated a graduate level internship with San Jose State University's Anthropology Department to catalog and identify these artifacts. I'm working with contractors to restore two rooms in the temple that will hold the museum as well as curators and state historic departments. To raise funds for the museum a Kickstarter campaign was launched in March of 2016 and hit local media outlets from Chico, California to the Bay Area.

Some of our artifacts

Some of our press


KCRA 3 Common Ground Explores Chinese Artifacts

Through my experience in video production and media I'm created a media plan that helped the project gain awareness. Currently I manage the web page and Facebook page for the project. Our Kickstarter campaign helped us raise $23,000 in funds with another $24,000 in private donations. You can find more information about the project on our project page, website or on Facebook page.