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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