Talk Story Review: Flower Drum Song

Talk Story featured a presentation and discussion of portions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical movie from 1961, Flower Drum Song, at the regular monthly event on September 15, 2019.  The program was moderated by former OCA-DC board member Jenny Cho, author of Chinese in Hollywood, and she included a brief history of Chinese and Asians involvement in movies, dating back to the silent film era.  She told about the classic 1916 film, The Curse of Quon Gwon, Anna Mae Wong, and other historical facts. But…

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Paper Son

When I became aware of this novel, it became a “must-read” for me.  It certainly met my first prerequisite for my reading tastes, i.e. it was an Asian American story.  But I learned that the story is set in the Mississippi Delta region - the place where I was born and raised, the place that impacted my life so profoundly, the place for which I will always have strong and mixed feelings – and I knew I had to see what the book had to…

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1882’s Ting-yi Oei Honored as Virginia Asian Advisory Board’s Community Leader of the Year

On September 13th, the 1882 Foundation's very own Curriculum & Education Director Ting-yi Oei was honored as the Virginia Asian Advisory Board's Community Leader of the Year. The award recognized Ting-yi's contributions and dedication to honoring the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, officially recognized by the state of Virginia on May 10th, 2019. Ting-yi was nominated by Ted Gong, our executive director, to honor his work done through 1882 as Curriculum & Education Director with education programming and workshops throughout Virginia public…

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Daughter of Fortune

I am an immigrant who ventured across the Pacific Ocean on an Air China Boeing 777 to "take over the economy", or so I have been informed by the media. When I first picked up Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune, a historical fiction regarding the California Gold Rush, I was fifteen and ignorant--a history enthusiast carrying a number of assumptions gathered from the books I had read. I had never considered using a figure of speech so rudely hyperbolic as "taking over the economy," but…

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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…

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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: https://youtu.be/5EP61TlzlEA

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