Through Chinatown’s Eyes First Episode: April 1968

Through Chinatown’s Eyes First Episode: April 1968 The first in a series of short documentaries, April 1968, examines the impact of the civil disturbances and street violence in DC on Chinatown after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in April 1968.  The story, from the perspective of people recalling events as school children and young adults in Chinatown, explores ideas about ethnic identity and race relationships.  It tells how the street violence affected the growth of the neighborhood and its commercial development. The film…

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Talk Story Event: Lion Dance in DC

1882 Foundation will be hosting its Talk Story Event on Lion Dance in DC at the Chinese Community Cultural Center on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. Come learn about the cultural and historic significance of lion dancing in DC! At this Talk Story Event, Raymond Wong, long-time Chinatown community leader and founder of the Kung Fu Association in DC and the Wong People Lion Team will demonstrate lion dancing techniques and the history of lion dancing in DC. Date: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 Time: 5PM - 7PM Location: Chinatown Community Cutural…

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Talk Story: Ricki’s Promise: A Film Screening, Nov 29

Talk Story Events Ricki’s Promise: A Film Screening And Meeting with Producer/Writer Changfu Chang Sunday, November 29, 2015, 1:30 to 4:00 pm   Chinese Community Church 500 I (Eye) Street NW, Chinatown, Washington DC When internationally adopted American teenager Ricki Mudd returns to China to live with her long-lost birth family for a summer, she pieces together fragments of her mysterious past, exploring culture, tradition, politics and past choices that shaped her life. “Ricki’s Promise stands out as a more complex work...with many moments of unexpected sweetness and authenticity” says the…

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Talk Story: Rabbit on Bumpy Road, June 21

Tom Hom: Rabbit on a Bumpy Road A Story of Courage and Endurance Sunday, June 21, 1:30 to 3:30 PM Chinese Community Church, 500 I (eye) Street, NW Chinatown, Washington DC The road to the American Dream is filled with challenges. For Tom Hom, born the Year of the Rabbit, his journey took him to become the first minority American elected to the San Diego City Council, and to a seat on the California State Assembly. A “living legend” in San Diego, according to UT San Diego, Tom’s…

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Talk Story: Chinese Americans in Vaudeville 1920s -1930s, March 15

Sunday, March 15, 1:30 to 3:30 PM Chinese Community Church, 500 I (eye) Street, NW Chinatown, Washington DC   Chinese Americans in Vaudeville 1920’s - 1930’s  & Alexandria’s Immigrant Oral History Project Krystyn Moon, Director of American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, examines the topic of Chinese Americans on the Vaudeville stage and the ways in which they broke stereotypes through their singing ability, comedic patter, use of dialect, and dancing. We will also hear about the oral history project underway at the City of Alexandria about immigrants since the 1970s…

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Talk Story: LION DANCE: Finding the Inner Lion, January 18

Sunday, January 18, 5:00 to 7:00 PM Chinatown Community Cultural Center 616 H Street NW, Suite 201, Washington DC 20001   LION DANCE: Its History in DC, or Finding the Inner Lion As the Chinese New Year comes, so do the lions! The cymbals! The drums! The acrobatics! Oh my! But, how do you know a good lion dance from a mediocre lion dance? What is its history in DC? And, what does it mean to the inner lion (meaning the guy or gal within the beast)? Join us for a…

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