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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1882 At: Asian American Call With the Movement for Black Lives

Following recent momentum around the Black Lives Matter movement, many Asian-Americans have sought out ways to educate themselves on anti-Blackness, stand in solidarity with Black communities around the nation, and work with Black Americans to dismantle white supremacy. To this end, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) co-hosted an event with dozens of AAPI-centered organizations. The event brought together representatives from M4BL and AAPI community, creating  an audience of nearly 5,000 in an urgent call for action directly from one of the most prominent forces…

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1882 At: IGNITE | Young Women Vote Virtual Summit

Co-written by: Sabrina Brogniart & Saniya Han IGNITE hosted the Young Women Vote Virtual Summit to educate young voters on effective voter engagement strategies for upcoming elections. IGNITE alumna who have ran — or are currently running — for elected office spoke about their experiences and advised the audience on how to encourage civic participation from their peers. The keynote speakers for this event were Congresswoman Susan Brooks (5th District of Indiana), Valerie B. Jarrett (Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School), and…

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“Ethnic” Food and the Cultural Legacies of Orientalism

Links to this week's readings can be found at: https://linktr.ee/1882WeeklyReadings This week, we're looking at the messy intersections of food and culture with hopes of untangling the ways in which Orientalist tropes often reappear in disguise as multiculturalism. Can food truly act as a space for unproblematic cultural exchange? How can we create a vision of multiculturalism that centers not only the food itself but the people who make it?  Readings: Anthony Bourdain (articles linked above) — In an era in which the hunger for “culturally authentic”…

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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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