Program Review: Film Screening at Central Library

On Wednesday July 11th I had the opportunity to attend a film screening on PBS’ The Chinese Exclusion Act hosted by the 1882 Foundation in conjunction with Arlington Public Library at Central Library. After the screening followed a discussion that lasted over an hour. From the perspective of an 1882 intern it was really great to see the local community, not just Asian-Americans, be concerned about this issue and draw parallels to present day immigration policies. During the discussion it was great to see people…

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Talk Story Review: Remembering 1882 in Today’s Immigration Debate
Ted Gong addressing the "Chinese question"

Talk Story Review: Remembering 1882 in Today’s Immigration Debate

The 1882 Foundation hosted its monthly Talk Story event on July 29, 2018 at the Chinatown I Street Conferencing Center. The event featured Ted Gong, the Executive Director of the 1882 Foundation, sharing his thoughts about the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and why it remains relevant today in current immigration debates. To supplement the conversation, the space included traveling exhibitions from the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), "Remembering 1882: Civil Rights under the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act" and…

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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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Reflections from Jennifer Sugijanto

1882 Foundation Summer Internship Reflection By Jennifer Sugijanto Jennifer is a rising second-year student at Georgetown University. She is planning on majoring in History with a minor in Biology and is on the pre-medical track. On campus, she is the newest co-chair of the Asian American Student Association (AASA), Political Awareness Committee (PAC). Through PAC, Jennifer became acquainted with the 1882 Foundation’s work and made critical contributions to the 1882 Foundation's programming as our first intern, maintaining our new office, providing multimedia and event support,…

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