Talk Story Review: Asian America Rising with 1882 Summer 2020 Interns

On Sunday, July 12th, a group of 1882 Summer Interns led a discussion on current issues within the Asian and Pacific Islander American community. The speakers gave a general overview of various political, cultural, and social challenges that Asian Americans currently face — with the caveat that they are first, not representative of Asian America and second, not experts on any given issue. Interns Lauren Eng, Saniya Han, Susan Li, Hayle Wesolowski, and Kyle Wang (read more about them at Our Team) discussed five main…

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Talk Story Review: American Exodus with Professor Charlotte Brooks

The 1882 Foundation hosted a Talk Story on June 21st with Charlotte Brooks, an Asian American history professor at The City University of New York, Baruch College. Ms. Brooks studies race, immigration, and the Chinese diaspora. During the event, she discussed her newest book, American Exodus: Second Generation Chinese Americans in China: 1901-1949, which explores the little-known history of native-born Chinese American citizens who left the United States to settle permanently in China during the first half of the 20th century.   After brief introductions by…

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 On Sunday afternoon, Wing Tek paid the 1882 Foundation a visit to Chinatown to share his unpublished poems and working drafts of his new collection at Talk…

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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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Talk Story Review: Music of Asian America

Written by Amy Dai and Jiajia Zhang Speaker Eric Hung addressing Talk Story attendees Introduction  On June 30th, the 1882 Foundation was proud to host Mr. Eric Hung to present at our monthly Talk Story. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Hung serves as the director of the Music of Asian America Research Center and is an Associate Professor of Music History at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College. His research focuses on Asian American film and experimental music. Ted Gong, Executive Director of the 1882 Foundation, commenced…

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