Date: Wednesday, May 19th Time: 7pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Program Begins Location: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Reflect for a moment about Chinatown. What images are evoked? What emotions? Is the community featured prominently in any scenes from
your past? Does it play a role in your life today? How does it fit
into your plans for the future? Chances are, Chinatown means something a little different to every one of us and, regardless of our personal involvement with Chinatown, it is hard to deny the neighborhood's connection with the Chinese-American ethos.
It is therefore worth taking pause to identify our relationship with this neighborhood and further ask ourselves: What should our connection to Chinatown be? And what, if anything, does Chinatown need from us?
Young Professionals program at MOCA has invited two individuals who
have immersed their lives' work in thinking and working through these
questions - Tomie Arai, a public artist whose work fundamentally draws on and incorporates its community context, and Thomas Yu,
the Director of Housing Development at Asian Americans for Equality
(AAFE) and the Executive Director of Downtown Manhattan Community
Development Corporation (DMCDC).
Bivas Chaudhuri is an award-winning artist who was born in India. He
was always fascinated by all forms of art especially three dimensional
image making. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College after coming to
the United States in the 1980s. His bicultural background and knowledge
add a rich mosaic of ideas to his creative work. His work has been
featured in Art News, Queens Chronicle, Art Forum, Ostee Anzeiger, The
Telegraph, Economic Times, Seawanhaka, The Pioneer, Indo American Arts
Council handbook, India in New York, World journal, Artspiral, India
abroad, Deshi talk, News-India Times, Desh, Indian Express, Prabashi
Anandabzar, Basumati and elsewhere. Work was shown and appeared on
National TV, India, MalayasianTV, South African TV, Fix TV, Hungary.TV
Asia, NY. ITV, NY.
Wing Tek Lum, one of our great funder will be reciting poetry from his manuscript on the Nanjing Massacre at Asian American Writers Workshop on Friday, May 7th, at 7pm.
Asian American Writers Workshop
6th Floor, 110 -112 West 27th Street (6th and 7th)
Apart of being one of our funder, Wing Tek Lum is the author of Expounding the Doubtful Points, a collection of poetry by the 1970 Discovery Award winner speaks of
the author's Chinese American heritage: his ancestors in China, his
family in Hawaii, and forging a Chinese American identity. He also
speaks of racial discrimination and the obscenity of ethnic stereotypes
with astute and unforgiving clarity.
The Asian American Arts Centre was founded in 1974 in New York to address the distinctive concerns of Asian Americans in the United States. The Arts Centre utilizes performances, exhibitions and public education to present and interpret the ongoing synthesis of contemporary American and Asian art forms.
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