Event Recap: G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative – Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

On June 10, 2021, the G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative and FSCIRE hosted Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes. The panel, moderated by G20 Interfaith Anti-Racism Initiative Chair Audrey E. Kitagawa over Zoom, was composed of Erika L. Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to President Biden and AAPI Senior Liaison; Jacinta S. Ma, Director of the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Representative Grace Meng from New York in the U.S. Congress; California State Assemblymember David Chiu, the first Asian…

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Event Recap: Talk Story- The History of Martial Arts in DC

  On July 25th, 2021, the 1882 Foundation held its first event of three discussing martial arts in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Panelists Master Raymond Wong, Sunny Luk, and Harry Chow discussed their kung fu experiences as Chinese Americans in the D.C. area.  The panelists first discussed how and why they got involved with kung fu. Self-defense was the common thread between the three panelists, but the media also played a substantial role. Wong was intrigued by 70s spy movies. As a result, his…

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1882 At: (Stay)* At Home for the Holidays with Bryan Eng and CAMDC

The Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C. sponsored a live virtual holiday concert on December 15th featuring Bryan Eng, a Chicago-based singer, jazz musician, and actor. He was accompanied by Sam Wolsk, DW Jazz Orchestra founder, on trumpet. Bryan and Sam perform "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." Bryan and Sam performed their own jazz renditions of songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Like Someone in Love,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Happy Elf.” The duo…

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1882 At: Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

On December 9th, Chinese American World War II veterans were recognized in a virtual ceremony with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. Featured speakers included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Officers of all military branches expressed their gratitude in between military band performances of patriotic songs as well. One in five Chinese Americans volunteered to fight and serve in World War II, totaling…

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Humanities DC Humanitini Happy Hour – Dear Chinatown, DC: Voices from the Neighborhood

On October 29th, the Dear Chinatown, DC project hosted an event in Humanities DC's Humanitini programming series, which brings people together monthly to hear from guest speakers about topics relevant to DC's history and culture. Traditionally hosted at a local restaurant or venue for happy hour, our team took to Zoom instead to present on contemporary issues, a rich history, and challenges for the future in regards to DC's Chinatown neighborhood. The panelists included Jack Lee (Chinese Youth Club), Shirley Woo (Chinatown Service Center) and Ted…

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1882 At: A Conversation with Grammy Award-Winning Composer Christopher Tin

The Chinese American Museum in Washington, D.C. and Washington Performing Arts held a conversation with Christopher Tin, a Grammy Award-winning composer of orchestral and choral music, on August 19th. The event promoted his new album, “To Shiver the Sky,” released on August 21st, which set a record as the highest-funded classical music Kickstarter campaign ever. “To Shiver the Sky” combines numerous languages to chart the history of flight exploration. The title was inspired by a line in Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “The Conundrum of the Workshops”: “They builded…

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