July 23 Weekly Book Chat Update: Notes / Readings on Returning Home

Following last week's discussion of Orientalism, we're shifting our focus to the idea of homeland — as culture, as concept, as a real or imagined place. In an era where xenophobia and racism reign and mass consumption has reduced “culture” to a corporate buzzword, the question we want to focus on this week is: what does a meaningful connection to homeland look like?  “Here on the earth where bones are buried, the question remains: if the birds of history alight by a ritual of body…

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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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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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July 16 Weekly Book Chat Update: Notes on “Orientalism”, Chapter I

Our first book for our Weekly Book Chats is Orientalism, by Edward Said. You can find the registration link for the Book Chats here: https://linktr.ee/1882Foundation under "Weekly Book Chat Registration"   Why we chose this book:  Said’s Orientalism paved the way for modern studies of colonialism. Using the term “Orientalism” to refer to depictions and fabrications of the “East” by Western colonial powers such as the late British empire, Said outlined a theory of cultural imperialism, arguing that Western depictions of “Eastern” culture were driven by a false…

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1882 At: MOCA Forum on “Asian American Allyship for Black Lives Matter”

Co-written by: Saniya Han & Kyle Wang The Museum of Chinese in America hosted a forum on “Asian American Allyship for Black Lives Matter” on June 19, or Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the emancipation of the formerly enslaved in the U.S. and also marks the anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. For the panelists, — former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, President-Designee of Queens College Frank Wu, and their moderator, MOCA director Nancy Yao Maasbach — the focus of the conversation echoed the…

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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…

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