Asian American Entertainment in the Exclusion Era Recap

The 1882 Foundation, Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC), and Alexandria Library coordinated a program on July 11th to share the rich history of Asian American entertainment during the Exclusion Era. Between 1875 and 1943, the United States severely limited immigration from Asian countries. Ethnic enclaves developed in the midst of these restrictions, maintaining cultural familiarity and connection among Asian Americans. Eric Hung, MAARC’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Nancy Rao, MAARC’s President, researched how entertainment within these communities contributed to a lasting Asian…

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Intern’s Thoughts: Confronting Anti-Blackness as Asian Americans: An Interactive Writing & Herbalism Workshop

Wing on Wo & Co., a porcelain antiques shop located in New York City’s Chinatown and home to the W.O.W. Project, a community-based initiative focused on preserving Chinatown’s creative culture and history, hosted a workshop and fundraiser on June 25th called “Confronting Anti-Blackness as Asian Americans.” This event, held exactly a month after Minneapolis police murdered an unarmed Black man named George Floyd, was intended to help Asian Americans address anti-Blackness within themselves and their communities. Participants wrote reflections about anti-Blackness, shared their experiences in…

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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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1882 At: The Premiere of “Be Water,” A Documentary About Bruce Lee

“Be Water,” a documentary that chronicles the personal and professional life of Bruce Lee, premiered on Sunday, June 7th. ESPN aired it for “30 for 30,” its 30th anniversary celebration highlighting notable sports happenings covered by the network. The documentary’s symbolic title takes its name from a line of Lee’s poetry: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water… Be water, my friend.” Water’s fluid state enables it to penetrate barriers and take many shapes. By emulating water, Lee navigated a path into the…

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1882 At: “SOLIDARITY CONVOS: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Black Lives”

The first of a new series called “SOLIDARITY CONVOS” aired last week in a collaboration between Act To Change, an anti-bullying organization geared towards APIA youth, and NextShark, an Asian and Asian American news outlet. “SOLIDARITY CONVOS” are virtual conversations designed to promote unity among racial minorities. They have a similar setup to Act to Change’s existing series, “COVID-19 CONVOS,” which addresses the increase of racist incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Maulik Pancholy, the co-founder of Act to Change, this first installment featured…

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1882 At: NCAPA Solidarity Press Conference

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) held a press conference on June 5th in the aftermath of George Floyd’s recent death. Floyd was an unarmed Black man who died two weeks ago on May 25th. A white police officer killed him after kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes outside of a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference featured a number of speakers: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Bao Vang, Bo Thao-Urabe, Lakshmi Sridaran, and Tavae Samuelu. In each of their statements,…

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