“Next Chapter”: AZN Zine’s Second Issue

AZN Zine released its second issue, “Next Chapter,” in December. This new publication strives to connect and empower global Asian communities by serving as a space for Asian creators to share their work. The issue contains poetry, short stories, photography, music, and artwork that “[center] on how growth is necessary to move on to the next chapter.”  Click here to read AZN Zine’s second issue, “Next Chapter.”Click here to read AZN Zine’s first issue, “Outsider.”

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1882 At: “Asian Americans on Celluloid” Launch

On November 14, the Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC) launched “Asian Americans on Celluloid” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. This film timeline gives students a fun way to learn how Asian American representation and experiences have changed over time.  The initial release contains 20 viewing guides and four introductory essays on Asian American filmmaking eras. MAARC intends to expand it to 45 films over the next year. Eric Hung, MAARC Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Irene Chien, Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg…

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1882 At: (Stay)* At Home for the Holidays with Bryan Eng and CAMDC

The Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C. sponsored a live virtual holiday concert on December 15th featuring Bryan Eng, a Chicago-based singer, jazz musician, and actor. He was accompanied by Sam Wolsk, DW Jazz Orchestra founder, on trumpet. Bryan and Sam perform "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Bryan and Sam performed their own jazz renditions of songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Like Someone in Love,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Happy Elf.” The duo…

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1882 At: Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

On December 9th, Chinese American World War II veterans were recognized in a virtual ceremony with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. Featured speakers included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Officers of all military branches expressed their gratitude in between military band performances of patriotic songs as well. One in five Chinese Americans volunteered to fight and serve in World War II, totaling…

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1882 At: A Conversation with Grammy Award-Winning Composer Christopher Tin

The Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C. and Washington Performing Arts held a conversation with Christopher Tin, a Grammy Award-winning composer of orchestral and choral music, on August 19th. The event promoted his new album, “To Shiver the Sky,” released on August 21st, which set a record as the highest-funded classical music Kickstarter campaign ever. “To Shiver the Sky” combines numerous languages to chart the history of flight exploration. The title was inspired by a line in Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “The Conundrum of the Workshops”: “They builded…

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1882 At: Pieces of China, “Crazy Rich Asians” Author Kevin Kwan

On August 13th, the China Institute interviewed Kevin Kwan, author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, for its “Pieces of China” season 1 finale. This online series showcases objects that represent Chinese culture and tell the story of China.  Mr. Kwan shared a photo of a stylish Christian Dior dress. “[Dior’s] taken [his] classic dress, the hourglass-shaped dress that created what they called the new-look back in the 50s… [and] added another layer with this underline of beautiful Chinese porcelain just peeking through,” he noted.…

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