Chinatown Art Brigade makin' moves...

It's been a busy summer with the Chinatown Art Brigade these past few months. Peep the Facebook page for updates on what we've been up to: https://www.facebook.com/ChinatownArtBrigade/

 

Chinatown Art Brigade

So incredibly excited & honored to be in the company of two inspiring, passionate, talented artists -- Tomie Arai and Betty Yu -- as part of the newly formed Chinatown Art Brigade. 

We'll be collaborating with CAAAV this summer on a project called 'Here To Stay' -- a series of creative workshops with tenants and volunteers, culminating in several large-scale outdoor projections that will address gentrification and resilience in Manhattan Chinatown.

Grateful for support received from the 2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement grant and an Art and Social Justice Grant from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation for this project. Stay tuned for more updates.

Community silkscreen wall  |  Design by Tomie Arai for the Chinatown Tenants Union 2016 Lunar New Year party
Photo credit: Betty Yu

Asian American Oral History Collective @ Brooklyn Museum

  Sharing some work as part of the Asian American Oral History Collective at the Brooklyn Museum tonight, followed by performances from some more friends! Art Off the Wall: According to What? Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6–9:30 p.m. Ai Weiwei: The Seed is made possible by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian American Arts Alliance, Kundiman, and CUNY Asian/Asian American Research Institute.

 

Sharing some work as part of the Asian American Oral History Collective at the Brooklyn Museum tonight, followed by performances from some more friends!

Art Off the Wall: According to What? Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6–9:30 p.m.

Ai Weiwei: The Seed is made possible by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian American Arts Alliance, Kundiman, and CUNY Asian/Asian American Research Institute.

NYCAASC's Weaponizing Experience: APA Arts & Activism Workshop

April 2014

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Met some inspiring artists at this panel, including photographer Nabil Rahman and his amazing go-getter and fundraising event planning spirit; Fred Ho collaborator and freedom singer, spiritchild, who opened up with a beautiful piece on art and liberation; and artist, Nina Kuo, who shared her work and experiences as part of the Godzilla Asian American Art Network. The lovely Fay Chiang sadly couldn’t make it, but Bob Lee of the Asian American Arts Center dropped some knowledge from the sidelines. Thanks to Ying for moderating, and to Tomie for throwing my name in.

Third World Newsreel + City College of New York's Digital Workflow Workshop

March 2014

I was invited to speak at a CCNY/TWN workshop on digital workflow, based on my experience as an Assistant Camera person. It was great to meet the fellow panelists (Jeff Lee, Jessica Carey, Morgan Wajda-Levie, Melissa Hacker) and learn from their experiences. At the end of the night, I walked away with my brain stuffed with knowledge from an impressive presentation given by AbelCine’s Jeff Lee!

TWN/CCNY’s Herman Lew opened up the workshop with his “dinosaur” film camera, and the always amazing JT Takagi ran the show.

Workshop info: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/calendar/event.cfm?customel_datapageid_1813=171893

TWN’s Facebook post: http://on.fb.me/1ieHHN2

HERE TO STAY screening with FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES

January 2014

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My first short documentary video piece, made while I was part of the TWN Production Workshop, is screening with one of my favorite NYC Chinatown documentaries, made nearly 40 years ago.

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Wednesday, January 22 - Courthouse Theater @ Anthology

6:00 PM Documentary Series

Activism and Film in NYC’s Chinatown

Presented by Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel (TWN) is a media arts organization dedicated to fostering the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent social issue media made by and about people of color. TWN also has a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year on film and video production. TWN is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and Materials for the Arts, as well as individual donors. Visit www.twn.org.

Third World Newsreel (TWN) and New Filmmakers are proud to present two independent documentaries about social justice activism in New York City’s Chinatown.

FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES by Christine Choy (1976, 50 min)

Christine Choy’s From Spikes to Spindles is a classic documentary film about New York City’s Chinatown in the seventies. This raw, gutsy portrait captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join forces to protest police brutality and hostile real estate developers. With bold strokes, it paints an overview of the community and its history, from the early laborers driving spikes into the transcontinental railroad to the garment workers of today.

HERE TO STAY by ManSee Kong (2008, 7 min)

ManSee Kong’s Here to Stay illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as an elderly man and fellow tenants in an endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit. A TWN Workshop production and part of the Call for Change Series.

More info