Book Review and Thoughts on “Water Tossing Boulders”

By Stan Lou OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates January 9, 2017   Some of you may know that I read and follow Chinese and Asian American literature faithfully and have written several book reviews. I am also an American Born Chinese (ABC) who grew up in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era when racial segregation was rampant in the South. Consequently, the book, Water Tossing Boulders, written by Adrienne Berard, became a “must-read” book for me. This is a documentation of the story of…

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Talk Story Reflection: Stanton Jue and his stories of War and Diplomacy

On August 28th at the Chinese Community Church in DC's Chinatown, the 1882 Foundation hosted a Talk Story Event featuring Stanton Jue and his wife Florence: we had the opportunity to learn about their experiences abroad in U.S. diplomacy. Below is a detailed review of the event from Roberta Chew for those who were unable to attend. We had a wonderful turnout to hear ninety-two-year-old Stanton Jue discuss his U.S. naval and diplomatic career. Stanton was a true pioneer as one of the first Chinese Americans to serve in…


DC Chinatown Community Activism in the 1970s: a Photo Retrospective

                        DC Chinatown in the Seventies was an active place.  Harry Chow should know.  He was a young community activist who had his hand in key activities from practicing Kung Fu to guiding afterschool programs and taking photography, including 8 mm film of events of martial artists contemporary with Bruce Lee.  He continuously worked with the community through the public libraries since then to today.  His house is a veritable storehouse of artifacts and photos of the Chinatown in the Seventies.  Harry provided a glimpse of his…


Legacies of Activism in the AAPI Community

Teofanny Saragi discusses her journey as a student activist and the empowerment and inspiration from the stories of countless others throughout history. Featuring a screening of  a documentary film she co-directed and co-produced: Model Minority Mutiny: AAPI Activism at the Claremont Colleges.  


Chinese American Authors: What They Write About and Why

Stan Lou led a round-table conversation about Asian American literature and explored ideas about what and why authors write in this genre.  He was joined by Veronica Li, a long time OCA member and author of Confucius Says and Andrew Lam, a medical doctor and author of Two Sons of China.  Other writers included Scott D. Seligman, author of biographies on Chinese Americans, and Robert Wells who wrote about Chinese in the mid-1800s.