The Passing of Michael Kwan

[7/30/20] The 1882 Foundation mourns the recent passing of Michael Kwan, who was a stalwart advocate, organizer, and leader in the AAPI community.  He was a longtime municipal judge in Utah and among his many roles was former national president of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates.  More recently, he was one of the main organizers and leaders of the celebration in 2019 of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the US Transcontinental Railroad which highlighted the major role of Chinese workers in…


An Interview With 1882’s Artist-in-Residence Shani Shih

*This interview was conducted by Talk Story Director Stan LouThe 1882 Foundation has sponsored the Chinatown Art Studio for the past two years under the inspired leadership of artist-in-resident Shani Shih and look forward to the beginning of this summer's virtual version. Shani is a talented artist with a great passion to pass on her knowledge to aspiring young artists in our community. This is a part of her continual selfless contributions for us. We had the opportunity to engage Shani in a very open…


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…


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…


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


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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