MOCA and AAWW
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) are pleased to announce a creative partnership between MOCA’s Archeology of Change and AAWW’s Open City projects. The collaboration will engage the public through documentary oral history, public forums, social media, and the arts to generate on-the-ground perspectives on gentrification and neighborhood change in New York Chinatown—one of America’s oldest and largest urban Chinese communities.
According to MOCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions Cynthia Lee, “Despite its historical place as one of the city’s earliest sites of ethnic mixing and transformative New York culture, Chinatown is often consumed and stereotyped as a perpetually foreign and exotic place. We are hopeful that this joint project between MOCA and AAWW will spark constructive dialogue among Chinatown’s diverse stakeholders, New Yorkers, and the general public; and inspire new ideas and possibilities for our community’s future.”
MOCA’s engagement with writer Lena Sze and community activist/public artist Tomie Arai yielded 28 oral histories with Chinatown residents, business owners, and workers. The conversations which began in 2007, will continue as a series of public forums tackling issues revealed through the interviews. Community members, policy experts, artists, and leaders in the field will be invited to give the local a larger societal, environmental and political context. The project will culminate in the artist’s vision of Chinatown Re-Map—an online, interactive portal to “places that matter” in Chinatown. Mapped sites will be presented through the lens of neighborhood stakeholders through mixed-media formats such as podcast videos, historical images, and soundscapes; and will serve as an ongoing digital map that can be updated through the museum’s continual engagement with multiple constituents and generations of Chinatown stakeholders, and potentially through partnerships with local, regional and national institutions.
AAWW launches OPEN CITY: Blogging Urban Change, an interdisciplinary community-based arts project featuring the production of an Asian immigrant/Asian American neighborhoods blog. Through interactive sound, video, and multi-media postings and ongoing creative commentary offered by our Organizing Fellows and other Open City staff and volunteers, this dynamic blog will act as a creative hub and information portal about these pressing issues in Manhattan’s Chinatown/LES neighborhood as well as multi-ethnic Asian neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.
Where is Chinatown? Narrative Remappings
Open City is hosting an event at MOCA on Saturday May 7. Please contact us in advance if you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed (limited space).
Ever wonder what your favorite Asian American writer thinks about Chinatown? Want to share your story of the neighborhood or capture your grandma’s memories? Come to a reading and community oral history open house we’re hosting at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and tell us who you are, why Chinatown (any Chinatown!) matters, and how you’re a part of it. Featuring: Henry Chang, Cristiana Baik and R.A. Villanueva, Ed Lin, Zohra Saed, and Kelly Tsai.
Where is Chinatown? Narrative Remappings
AAWW event at MOCA, 215 Centre Street, NY, NY 10013
Sat May 7, 11-5pm
Reading from 11-12:30. Admission: $7, Seniors and Students (w/ ID): $4, Children under 12 in groups less than 8: free
AAWW and/or MOCA Members: Free.
Oral history open house from 12:30-5. Free and open to the public, but sign up ahead of schedule for your interview slot and bilingual interviewer, if needed. Details below.
Tell us your Chinatown story.
Did you grow up playing ball with Asian, Black, and Latino kids
at Columbus or Sara Roosevelt Park?
Are you a shopkeeper or resident who’s witnessed the dramatic demographic changes along East Broadway and on the Lower East Side?
Do you work in one of the stalls on Canal Street?
Do you use the extensive Chinatown bus system to commute?
Are you a third-generation from the suburbs or other newbie who now calls Chinatown home?
Are you a former garment worker who still calls Chinatown home?
Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will host an oral history open house from 12:30-5pm on Saturday May 7th @ MOCA, 215 Centre Street, NY NY 10013. Fellows and volunteers from Open City, our local blog about the three major Chinatowns in New York City, will be there to collect and record your tale.
Sharing your story will only take half an hour!
Translators for Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Hindi/Urdu, and Dari/Farsi available, but email us in advance to coordinate and schedule an interview slot (with a translator).
Drop-in storytellers also welcome but space is limited! Stories about any and all Chinatowns encouraged! For more or to schedule an interview, contact Lena at firstname.lastname@example.org
欲知更多详情，请访问www.aaww.org 或 openthecity.org