Lunar New Year Killings Bring Focus to Guns and Mental Health Again

From the Executive Director’s Desk.

Lunar New Year Killings Bring Focus to Guns and Mental Health Again.

There is so much that we do not know about the back-to-back mass killings at Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, but two elements stand out –guns and mental health. Many people will bring attention (as they already have) to the role of guns. Warnings and calls for action deserve consideration once again, and again with another mass, senseless killing, continuously once more. (more…)

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1882’s Happy Holidays and New Year 2023

Dear Friends: I can’t believe that the year 2022 will soon be over and we start anew. It will be a challenging year, but the heart of our work remains our Talk Story programs. Whether at the Summit Tunnel in California, or at educational workshops in DC and Richmond, or among federal and private financial supporters of heritage and history, we will be guided by Talk Story principles –uncovering our stories, preserving them, and telling them in our own voices across generations. Our community is strengthened by that process. Your constant support is much appreciated. (more…)

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Happy New Year and Thank You 2022

January 1, 2022


As the old year closes and a new year begins, I want to thank you for supporting our programs big and small throughout this last year and throughout our over ten years of activities as the 1882 Foundation.
Our first Talk Story event was held at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center in 2011. That year, Stan and I established the principle that we would hold an event once a month in DC Chinatown on a Chinese American subject. The principle would become fundamental. It has guided us even when we attracted only a dozen attendees (half of whom were the speaker’s family and always my loving wife Mohkeed). We have since organized national conferences and regional workshops. We have led in the recognition and registration of national historic places and promoted innovations and partnerships in how Chinese American history and heritage are taught. (more…)

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Annual Review 2021 and Plans for 2022

The Year 2021 saw stubborn covid-induced restrictions affect our programs and goals. However, we also became comfortable with digital processes and innovations. Our professional networks strengthened. We built new collaborations and adapted public programing and research methods. It is now hard to imagine going forward without considering zoom, live-streaming, or digital displays and teleconferencing. That said, the restrictions on public presentations, the limitations on personal interviews, and closures of story sites and archives for research and networking markedly dampened program effectiveness in 2021 such that the prospects of restoring pre-covid operations while continuing the successful digital work-around’s promise a productive and creative 2022. (more…)

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Mellon Grant

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release. October 11, 2021Washington, 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…

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Covid-19 Vaccines

Dear Community Leaders: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAPI community has been disproportionately affected. Asian American are overrepresented in frontline and essential workers and had one of the highest unemployment rates in August 2020 and have been…

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