The Wing on Wo Project (WOW) celebrated its third anniversary on Friday, June 14th and I was invited to read poetry from the pages of Bridge Magazine, a legendary Asian American publication of Basement Workshop that was in print from 1971-1985. In the words of poet Lawson Inada, Bridge was ‘proof that we were a Movement’; it was an archive of activism that documented and celebrated what it meant to be an Asian in America. Acknowledging the past contributions of Asian American artists is just one way that the WOW project is building a new intergenerational cultural movement that is inspiring young APA cultural workers across the country.
The Chinatown Art Brigade is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a 2019 Create Change Laundromat Project Residency. This is a year-long residency and financial support for our Here to Stay: Housing for the People Mapping Project; a collaborative, critical mapping project centering on place-keeping efforts in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The HFTP is a bilingual multimedia project featuring short video and audio testimonials from tenants who are directly impacted by displacement. CAB will be working on the final edit of short films with the goal of completing additional videos about public housing in Chinatown. An important component of this project will be the development of a bilingual multimedia website that will allow viewers to access the map and videos about the community, view archival materials about housing activism, receive know your rights information, and learn about the long history of CAAAV’s tenant organizing in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
This support will cover the Brigade’s ongoing cultural production with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU), and the completion of additional videos for the mapping project and the design and development of a multimedia website dedicated to this mapping project. 2019 will mark our second year as Artists in Residence with the Laundromat Project and we would like to thank the LP for it’s sustained investment in the work we are doing in the Chinatown community.
Here to Stay Philadelphia 2018
On May 4, 2018, the Chinatown Art Brigade collaborated with Asian Americans United’s Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) on a projection event that amplified Know Your Rights information for undocumented immigrants. Working in close partnership with The Illuminator, and through a series of community planning workshops and convenings, the project culminated in a large scale outdoor projection in Philadelphia Chinatown. CAB and CYOP celebrated the community’s resistence to ICE and are working towards generating a nation wide response to stop ICE and overturn the government’s repressive immigration policies.Read More
The recently formed Chinatown Art Brigade and founding artists Betty Yu, ManSee Kong and Tomie Arai are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grant and an Art and Social Justice Grant from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation for our project ‘Here to Stay’ a collaboration with the grassroots organization, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. Here to Stay will be a series of large scale public projections that address gentrification and change in NY Chinatown . For more information about the Here to Stay project please visit:
The Chinatown Art Brigade has also received support from the Asian Women's Giving Circle through their 2016 grants for Women, Arts and Progressive Social Change.
In 2010, I was one of six artists selected through a public process to create artwork for a new subway station for downtown San Francisco. Co sponsored and managed by the San Francisco Arts Commission Public Art Program and the SFMTA, the Central Subway Chinatown station will be located on the corner of Stockton and Washington streets, and has been scheduled for completion in 2018.Read More