Talk Story Review: Flower Drum Song

Talk Story featured a presentation and discussion of portions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical movie from 1961, Flower Drum Song, at the regular monthly event on September 15, 2019.  The program was moderated by former OCA-DC board member Jenny Cho, author of Chinese in Hollywood, and she included a brief history of Chinese and Asians involvement in movies, dating back to the silent film era.  She told about the classic 1916 film, The Curse of Quon Gwon, Anna Mae Wong, and other historical facts. But…

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Talk Story Review: A Conversation with Poet Wing Tek Lum

On August 4, the 1882 Foundation had the honor to host renowned poet Wing Tek Lum for Talk Story. Wing Tek’s past publications include Expounding the Doubtful Points (1987) and The Nanjing Massacre: Poems (2013). That same weekend, Wing Tek was in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, where he participated on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, Wing Tek paid the 1882 Foundation a visit to Chinatown to share his unpublished poems and working drafts of his new collection at Talk…

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Talk Story Review: The Eastern Wind – A Retrospective on Chinatown Activism in the 1970s

On July 18th, our Talk Story community gathered once again to hear from former DC Chinatown resident and community staple Harry Chow. Harry shared with us pictures, short videos shot on 35mm film, and newsletters from his youth in Chinatown, providing a snapshot of a vibrant and lively Chinatown experience. Harry grew up in the peak of activity and local engagement for young Chinese-Americans in the neighborhood. As a young man, he wore a number of hats for the community, including a youth program leader…

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Talk Story Review: Music of Asian America

Written by Amy Dai and Jiajia Zhang Speaker Eric Hung addressing Talk Story attendees Introduction  On June 30th, the 1882 Foundation was proud to host Mr. Eric Hung to present at our monthly Talk Story. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Hung serves as the director of the Music of Asian America Research Center and is an Associate Professor of Music History at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College. His research focuses on Asian American film and experimental music. Ted Gong, Executive Director of the 1882 Foundation, commenced…

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Talk Story Review: My China Roots

Introduction On May 12th, the 1882 Foundation hosted its monthly Talk Story event with Lie Huihan. Huihan is the founder of My China Roots, a Beijing-based company helping people find their ancestral history. The 1882 Foundation’s Executive Director Ted Gong kicked off the event by explaining his own ancestral history, which he learned about using the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California’s publication A Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History. Chinese family history is recorded in a jiapu/zupu, or genealogy book. Jiapu (家谱)…

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Talk Story Review: Rooting for Truth – A Sojourner Returns to the Family Villages

The April Talk Story on April 14, 2019 started off by wrapping up the March Talk Story with Rita Moy discussing her trip to Toisan and finding her roots as a second-generation Chinese American. She discussed the urbanization of villages and rice patties into high-rises and went to nearby villages depicting houses and how people lived in the villages. Carole Louie then discussed her experience as she learned about Yangshi Lei, the Lei family architects who designed and built the buildings and gardens for the…

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