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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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. Works Cited Political Cartoons Smart Slider with ID: 5

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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 On Sunday afternoon, Wing Tek paid the 1882 Foundation a visit to Chinatown to share his unpublished poems and working drafts of his new collection at Talk…

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1882 At: Washingtoniana’s Researching “Red Summer”

On July 16th, I attended Washingtoniana’s Researching “Red Summer” at Woodridge Library. Archivist Derek Gray from the DC Public Library, a longtime partner of the 1882 Foundation, led the session and detailed various Red Summer resources. Though Red Summer is not directly related to Chinese Americans, the 1882 Foundation is interested in the databases available to research forgotten histories and to find primary source materials. I will first explain what Red Summer is and where to learn more, ending with why I believe researching Red…

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Talk Story Review: The Eastern Wind – A Retrospective on Chinatown Activism in the 1970s

On July 18th, our Talk Story community gathered once again to hear from former DC Chinatown resident and community staple Harry Chow. Harry shared with us pictures, short videos shot on 35mm film, and newsletters from his youth in Chinatown, providing a snapshot of a vibrant and lively Chinatown experience. Harry grew up in the peak of activity and local engagement for young Chinese-Americans in the neighborhood. As a young man, he wore a number of hats for the community, including a youth program leader…

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