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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1882 At: China Fashion Gala 2020

The China Institute and the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund held the fifth annual China Fashion Gala on July 23rd with the theme, “One World in Beauty.” This event presented the fashion label Heaven Gaia and raised $500,000 for the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund, which supports women and children globally through health, culture, and education programs. The Gala opened with a recording of individual musicians playing “Mo Li Hua,” a Chinese folk song that translates to “Jasmine Flower.” The video featured accomplished…

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1882 At: CAPAL | 2020 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Be the Change: Energy & Sustainability

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) hosted “Be the Change: Energy & Sustainability” on July 22nd as the final installment of its 2020 Washington Leadership Program. This series of bi-weekly sessions provided resources to inspire civic engagement among emerging leaders. The conference’s theme, “Moving Forward,” brought awareness to the United States’ current events and their connections to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) experiences. This panel discussion focused on addressing environmental challenges, amplifying underrepresented voices, and sharing local and national sustainability…

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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…

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1882 At: CAPAL | Washington Leadership Program Session – “Hidden Faces of Immigration”

Event Speakers:  Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. | Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Jacinta Ma | Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum Quyen Dinh | Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Lakshmi Sridaran | Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Shyam Gadwal [Moderator] | Vice-President of Programs at Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars This summer CAPAL (Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership) hosted their 2020 Washington Leadership…

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