Thursday, May 13, 2010
Experience + Exchange: A Conversation Between Community Champions

 (image by Simon Birtall)

Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Time: 7pm Doors Open | 7:30pm Program Begins
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? 
The 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).   

: $10 suggestedFree for MOCA members!
Please RSVP by May 17th to Jenny Wong at, and include any questions you'd like to ask our panelists!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wing Tek Lum Reading In New York

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.

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