Program Review: Women at Work

On Friday, July 27th, the 1882 Foundation interns had the opportunity to attend a Women at Work mentoring session specifically organized for our cohort as we start our careers. Michelle, Linda, Margo and I met with experienced women in a variety of fields for an informational conversation on their experiences in the workplace and decision processes in shaping their career. We met with our host, Lily Cua, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Optoro, a reverse logistics company, along with Sojin Kim, a member of the…

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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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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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