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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1882 At: Pieces of China, “Crazy Rich Asians” Author Kevin Kwan

On August 13th, the China Institute interviewed Kevin Kwan, author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, for its “Pieces of China” season 1 finale. This online series showcases objects that represent Chinese culture and tell the story of China.  Mr. Kwan shared a photo of a stylish Christian Dior dress. “[Dior’s] taken [his] classic dress, the hourglass-shaped dress that created what they called the new-look back in the 50s… [and] added another layer with this underline of beautiful Chinese porcelain just peeking through,” he noted.…

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1882 At: China Fashion Gala 2020

The China Institute and the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund held the fifth annual China Fashion Gala on July 23rd with the theme, “One World in Beauty.” This event presented the fashion label Heaven Gaia and raised $500,000 for the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund, which supports women and children globally through health, culture, and education programs. The Gala opened with a recording of individual musicians playing “Mo Li Hua,” a Chinese folk song that translates to “Jasmine Flower.” The video featured accomplished…

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