Program Review: OCA Convention

On Saturday, July 21st, I had the opportunity to attend the OCA national convention to specifically observe the Your Story, Our Story session hosted by Ali Smith and Ted Gong of the 1882 Foundation. From the standpoint of an 1882 Foundation intern, it was amazing to see the enthusiasm that many in the audience had for this project. When Ted and Ali read aloud some of the stories already submitted to the Tenement/1882 Project page, some were touching and others playful. The sentimental ones inspired…

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Program Review: Two Days of Conversation & Collaboration in NYC

Sunday, July 22, 2018 — Despite the perpetually cloudy sky and the occasional torrential rainfall, Ali, Russell, Margo, Linda, and I entered New York City on with a bright attitude toward the conversations to come—I was eager to meet with several of our NYC-based collaborators, professionals from different areas of expertise, yet who all shared similar goals of illustrating and advocating for Asian American experiences. "Made w/ MSG" stickers The afternoon of our arrival, we met with Megan Elevado, design and culture historian and part-time…

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Program Review: Meeting with Alan Spears on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday July 11, 2018 I was able to attend a meeting with Alan Spears of the National Parks Conservation Association on Capitol Hill. The meeting took place in Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office with his Washington D.C. Legislative Assistant, Claytrice Henderson. A congressman of the Second Mississippi District with offices here in DC and across all of western Mississippi. Our discussion was based around activist Medgar Evers who should be recognized as a vanguard of Civil Rights activism during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.…

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1882 Foundation at GWU’s Mondays at the Museum

On April 2, 2018, at the George Washington University Museum "Mondays at the Museum" series, Ted Gong and the 1882 Foundation presented Penny Lee's film, Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968. The timing of this screening aligned with the week of the historic 50th anniversary of the civil unrest in the District following Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. After the screening, the group, some of whom are regulars to the Mondays at the Museum series, asked engaging questions, both about the specific community tensions raised in…

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Their Story is Our Story

Their Story is Our Story By Phil Tom As featured on the 1882 Foundation 50 Objects Project, as part of the partnership with the Tenement Museum. I began working for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in 2010.   In 2011-12, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis honored labor workers Cesar Chavez, Dolores Heurta and the National Farm Workers Association and inducted them into DOL’s Labor Hall of Honor. In honoring these great leaders and organization, some of my DOL Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues noticed…

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Winter 2018 Update

In November, Ting-Yi Oei presented at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies Conference in Richmond in November for the 4th consecutive year. The theme of the Conference was “Uncovering the Past to Empower the Future.” The workshop the 1882 Foundation presented fit perfectly into that theme illustrating how landmark Supreme Court cases involving Asian Americans (notably Wong Kim Ark v. the U.S., Gong Lum v. Rice, and Bhagat Singh Thind v. the U.S.) have shaped our understanding about citizenship, equal opportunity, and equal treatment…

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