Summit Tunnel Discussion

The 1882 Foundation is pleased to invite you to a Talk Story Event on “Legacy: Film Screening and Discussion on the Summit Tunnel.”  Register for Zoom link at:  You may view the documentary film ahead of time at this YouTube link:


Bruce Lee – 1882 Foundation Talk Story

Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, actor, director, martial arts instructor and philosopher. In this event, we will explore Bruce Lee’s life and influence on Western culture and Asians growing up in the U.S. Rita Hadden is a Chinese American residing in DC. She retired from management and technology consulting, and now teaches lifelong learners in "Understanding Asia" at American University. Her great grandfather Ho Kom Tong is Bruce Lee's grandfather. Rita is inspired by both men who, in their lifetimes, have given much to humankind and the world. Rita will talk about: who was Bruce Lee? How is Bruce like Ho Kom Tong? Bruce's mother Grace Ho, and highlights of Bruce's life. Harry Chow, the son of a Chinese laundryman, was born and raised in DC. As a child, attending schools where he was the rare Asian, Harry was often bullied until he started learning martial arts. Harry met Bruce Lee several times and was inspired by him as a positive male role model. Harry will talk about Bruce Lee in DC and the star’s influence on him and on Western culture.

Community Day at the Chinese American Museum DC

All are welcome! Join us on Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for Community Day at the Chinese American Museum DC! A day of entertainment surrounded by the colors and drama of new exhibition Golden Threads: Chinese Opera in America. Experience the art form of Chinese opera with live musical, theatrical, and makeup demonstrations. A fun filled day for all ages.

Mellon Grant

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release October 11, 2021 Washington, D.C. -- The 1882 Foundation has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the inaugural Humanities in Place program. The grant will support the expansion of the organization’s cultural programming and the transformation of the 1882 Foundation’s Chinatown headquarters into a story center and social workspace that will welcome allied non-profit Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and partners in the Washington, D.C., area. “From its formation, the 1882 Foundation…


Taking a Deeper Dive: What is the Context, Historically and Culturally, of the AAPI Experience

What do we need to understand about the AAPI experience and how it is similar and different to those of other minorities and underrepresented groups? With the help of professors who teach about the Asian American experience in universities, we will examine the focal points of their courses, finding out what generated their interest in AAPI Studies and what students are interested in learning about. Our discussion will consider the connections between the work they do in Higher Education and the K-12 curriculum.