Talk Story Review: “Jooksings” in China

On March 17, 2019, over 50 individuals attended our monthly Talk Story event on "Jooksings in China." The 1882 Foundation was proud to host local community memberes Dan Lee, Helen Lew, and Rita Moy as they shared their experiences learning about their heritage and visiting China. The trio shared their experiences of being a “Jooksing” in China. The direct translation of Jooksing is “empty bamboo” and was often used as a derogatory term for those who look Asian in appearance, however, have adapted to Western…

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Talk Story Review: Helen Zia + “The Last Boat Out of Shanghai”

On February 16, 2019, nearly 100 people packed the I Street Conference Center in DC Chinatown for our monthly Talk Story event: we were honored to host a special guest, author and activist Helen Zia, as our speaker. Zia is in the midst of a national tour promoting her newest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution. Her remarks and the excerpts she read exposed the inherited trauma of intergenerational memory in the Chinese diaspora, underscoring…

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Talk Story Review: Community Collaboration & 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
Photographer Corky Lee at Transct

Talk Story Review: Community Collaboration & 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

For the first Talk Story event of 2019, the 1882 Foundation hosted a discussion on community collaboration regarding the upcoming 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Featuring this event was Corky Lee, a New York-based photographer and activist whose work captures Asian American experience that is usually overlooked by the mainstream media. Corky Lee introducing his work Our Executive Director Ted Gong kicked off the event by reflecting on previous anniversaries and how they addressed Chinese laborers’ contribution to the railroad…

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Talk Story 2018 Season Finale: Wong Chin Foo and “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

On December 17, 2018, the 1882 Foundation and an enthusiastic group of supporters gathered together at the Xfinity Store in Chinatown. It was a Monday night, at the end of a workday, yet the reception space at the back of the showroom pulsed with energy. While our events are normally held on Sunday's, the 2018 season finale of our Talk Story season was unique in that we wanted to commemorate the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which occurred with the passage of the Magnuson…

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Talk Story Review: Hunan Delegation & The Chinese Exclusion Act

On Wednesday, December 14, 2018, the 1882 Foundation had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of professors from China’s Hunan Mass Media Vocational and Technical College at Xfinity Chinatown. The College, located in Changsha, has nurtured thousands of mass media production professionals for Hunan Broadcasting System, one of the most influential and innovative state media groups in China. The visitors were interested in American short documentary production and expressed an interest in viewing 1882 Foundation's award-winning film Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968 produced by Penny…

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Talk Story Review: Hazel Ying Lee Film Screening

This month’s Talk Story began with a screening of A Brief Flight, a documentary about Hazel Lee. Lee was a Chinese American pilot who flew for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during the Second World War. She had a passion for flying, and despite her parents’ opposition, became one of the first Chinese American women pilots of her time. After living in Canton from 1933-1937 and repeated unsuccessful bids to join the Chinese Air Force, Lee moved back to the U.S. After the attack…

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