07.30: Orientalism, Part II — “Scientific Orientalism”

Notes and questions for Part I of Said's Orientalism can be found here. You can register for our upcoming Book Chats at: https://linktr.ee/1882foundation In Part II of Orientalism, Said continues with his description of the historical underpinnings of Orientalist thinking, shifting his attention to the modern foundations of Orientalism in 18th-century Europe. As Europe / the West progressed technologically, Said explains that Orientalists began viewing Asia as a place which could regenerate Europe spiritually. Orientalism in the 1800s thus introduced a new philosophical development: the Orient as…

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1882 at (and Intern’s Thoughts): “C100 Asian American Career Ceiling Initiative: The Millennial Perspective”

On July 7th, the Committee of 100 hosted a panel discussion on challenges Asian Americans face in the workforce, specifically from a millennial generation perspective. The panelists included Julie Sohn, MBA student at the University of Michigan, Matthew Choi, Vice President at Granite Point Mortgage Trust, and John Lian, Research Fellow at Harvard University. The panel was moderated by Peter Young, C100 Member and CEO of Young & Partners. Prior to the webinar, all attendees were polled on a series of questions, such as: “On a…

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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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