This is America: Hidden Histories in American Art

On August 18, the 1882 Foundation interns presented their capstone projects at an inter(n)-generational showcase Talk Story. My project was This is America, a virtual tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum exploring hidden Chinese American histories behind four pieces. Watch my presentation here. For more details, read the tour guide below!   Museums in America have historically been places of privilege, specifically white male privilege. While many institutions today are trying to combat this– for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art adding “Native Perspectives” texts to…


1882 At: APAICS Women’s Collective Summit (Vlog!)

Emily Wang and Bianca Villao On July 25th, fellow intern Bianca Villao and I attended APAICS inaugural Women’s Collective Summit. The summit’s purpose was to “bring powerful AAPI women together to share, to inspire, and to take bold action towards creating a more representative democracy.” We met many women who are changing their communities for the better, and we left inspired to do the same. Thank you to APAICS for organizing this summit and to the extraordinary speakers! Watch the summit unfold here:


Celebrating Wong Kim Ark: The Legacy of Birthright Citizenship

Shedding light on the topic of birthright citizenship, this podcast explains Wong Kim Ark’s lasting legacy and how the establishment of birthright citizenship has affected the American view on immigrants (Chinese-Americans in particular). Join Jamelah, Abby, and Amy as they discuss immigrant portrayal in political cartoons, the "anchor baby" narrative and its double standards, and finally, the latest US policy regarding immigration.


Talk Story Review: A Conversation with Poet Wing Tek Lum

On August 4, the 1882 Foundation had the honor to host renowned poet Wing Tek Lum for Talk Story. Wing Tek’s past publications include Expounding the Doubtful Points (1987) and The Nanjing Massacre: Poems (2013). That same weekend, Wing Tek was in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, where he participated on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, Wing Tek paid the 1882 Foundation a visit to Chinatown to share his unpublished poems and working drafts of his new collection at Talk…


GUEST BLOG POST: “The Overview of the War Brides Act and Legalization of Interracial Marriage” by Jenny Chan from Pacific Atrocities Education

  This upcoming October, the 1882 Foundation will be holding its inaugural Chinese American Women in History Conference. During this conference, with the inclusion and collaboration of different organizations,  community actors, and academics, we hope to fill the gap of pre-1965 Chinese American history, with an emphasis on the War Brides Act. With that, we would like to introduce Jenny Chan, co-founder of Pacific Atrocities Education, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to raising public awareness of wartime atrocities committed in the Asia…


China Dolls

Not all China dolls are bound to break. Grace, a fugitive from her father’s abuse; Helen, a proper child of an esteemed Chinatown family; and Ruby Tom, a Japanese American  in seek of stardom at the onslaught of World War Two, are an unlikely ensemble. The three girls converge at San Francisco’s Forbidden City Nightclub against their parents’ wishes, in seek of employment as dancers. While the girls find uncanny success in the performing arts scene, war against Japan erupts on the Pacific Front, suddenly…

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