What Can We Do?

Philip Poon
Project: A ‘zine of photographs that capture the beauty and the complexities of a changing Chinatown, Manhattan to be distributed for free to community members. More details soon.
Alison Kuo

Project: A six-week training in Wing Chun, a Chinese self-defense form, open to community members. The training takes place from August 6-September 10, 2022 in the backyard of Baxter St. Camera Club.

Photo by Tommy Kha

Ryan Wong

Project: A two-part Zen meditation workshop – the first part of the workshop introduces the basics of meditation, the second part deepens the practice and offers participants time to reflect on how practice has helped them. The workshop will be organized for the staff of Communities Resist in Brooklyn, NY.

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Janggo Mahmud
Project: A “Cha & Paint” activity for the women’s circle hosted by Sapna NYC. Participants use the space to discuss how acts of self care are key to our mental health, or as Audre Lorde explains, to our “self preservation,“ and how it coincides with community care.
Melisa Tien

Project: “Untitled Landscape” is an ongoing human-connecting project that invites people to come together, respond to prompts about their lives, and collaborate on various exercises, in order to map out the landscape of a human life.

Photo by Tom Matthew Wolfe

Rob Chen

Project: “The Blu Room” is a one-man multi-lingual, multi-cultural theatrical act presented in a late-night talk show format on topics like the generational gap, anti-Asian hate crimes, beauty standards, mental health, and empowerment.

A live performance of the show is happening Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Prime Produce (424 W 54th St.) You can RSVP here.

Photo by Dennis Kwan

Laura Li
Project: Rooted in a feminist ethics of care, the Ciba Punch subverts the Chinese traditional ciba-making (food-making) process and reveals the often-hidden domestic labor performed by womxn. The performance will take place on Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 11am-Noon ET at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (southeast part of the park, closest to Chinatown).
Prisca Choe
Project: An installation of depictions of women pulled from genre paintings from the Joseon Dynasty to uplift the influence of women on the way we celebrate our culture despite the historical erasure of their work and power. The installation was presented at several community events including the Think!Chinatown Block Party on Sunday, August 7, 2022.
Jing (Ellen) Xu
Project: “Elmhurst Project” is a participatory art workshop inviting AAPI community members to color in line drawings of local landmarks. The workshop is happening on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 3-6pm at Moore Homestead Playground (Broadway & 45th Ave &, 82nd St, Queens, NY 11373).
Nancy Ma

Project: A sketch/short film in Hoisan and Cantonese, subtitled in English, around emotional/mental health; there will be an in-person viewing party for folks to engage with the material and each other on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 11am-12:30pm ET at The Market Line on the lower level of Essex Market, entrance at 220 Broome St.

This project is made possible with support from The Market Line.

Photo by Peter Konerko

Audrey Thao Berger

Project: A 1.5 hour dance workshop for the AAPI community exploring community and self care through dance and play. This workshop welcomes participants of all experience levels. Let’s dance!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 6-7:30 pm
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
16 spots available
Email audreythao99@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Accessibility Note: BAX is on the second and third floors of the building with stairwells that extend from the ground floor entrance to the building’s third floor. There is no elevator or ramp at this time. Please email Audrey (audreythao99@gmail.com) with any accessibility needs.


Karesia Batan
Project: A special Filipino music and dance performance, featuring a live Rondalla band and Tinikling folkdance lesson, happening Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 3-4pm at Windmuller Park in Woodside, Queens (52nd St at 39th Drive).
Hong-ling Wee

Project: A 3-hour pottery workshop open to the AAPI community to experience the malleability of clay and the joy of making. No experience necessary. Partcipants do not need to bring tools; materials will be provided.

The workshop will be happening on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128. Registration is limited to 14 people one a first-come-first-serve basis. Register by emailing dirtyapron918@gmail.com.

Update: The workshop has reached capacity. Thank you for your interest.

Carolina Do

Project: A public workshop of Buried Ruins, a full-length play with a cast of all Vietnamese and/or AAPI artists, centered on healing and processing generational trauma, as well as, living in a society that fetishizes and enacts violence against women and femme bodies. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022 at 3pm ET at the 59E59 Theatre (59 E 59th Street, Manhattan). More details soon.

Photo by Sub/Urban Photography

Karen Kang

Project: “Start with My Name.” Names carry meaning, culture, and strength. Join us in sharing your name through embroidery onto a community quilt, so we as Asian Americans can be seen and known by one another. The sewing workshop happened on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm at Museum of Chinese in America.

This project was made possible with support from Fiskars.

Cindy Trinh

Project: A ‘zine of photographs taken over the past year capturing the joy of community members coming together for various events in Chinatown, Manhattan. Follow Cindy on Instagram for updates on where you can find the 'zine.

Photo by Michael Stewart

Xiaoyin Xie

Project: A letter writing workshop inviting community members to write letters to loved ones happening at the ROAR Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (at Rivington St.) on Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 12-3pm ET.

Photo by David Straange

Wynton Wong
Project: A block party for the whole family and neighborhood in the heart of Chinatown, Manhattan using music and art to reconnect our diaspora communities, across generations and borders. The block party took place on Sunday, August 7, 2022. More details here.
Tati Nguyen
Project: A storytelling pop-up book workshop at New York Public Library’s Chatham Square branch serving Chinatown, Manhattan youth, with the goal to help children tell their stories, express their truth, and take pride in their culture and identity – in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of the Arts. The workshop is happening on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 3:30pm at the Chatam Square Library (33 East Broadway, 10002). For kids ages 6 and older; with a limit of 20 kids. All materials will be provided.
Noah Wang

Project: “All That We Hold” is a piece choreographed by Noah and his collaborator, Audrey, that explores the longing to understand our ancestors through movement, narrative and music. They performed this piece at Arts on Site on August 19 and 20, 2022, and invited the audience to reflect on the same questions they pondered when creating the work.

Photo by RJ Lewis

Beata Moon

Project: An interactive piano performance and workshop for the senior community at Hamilton-Madison House in Lower East Side, Manhattan.

Photo by Douglas Gorenstein

Dana Leong

Project: A TEKTONIKmusic.org led, healing music session for the AAPI community affected by domestic and public acts of violence in partnership with Womankind.

Photo by Zoe Zhang

Annika Cheng
Project: Collaborating with Alison Kuo of Sisters in Self Defense to make garments for each of the Wing Chun students that both hold self defense weapons and band the members of the class together.
Esther Choi
Project: Office Hours #39: Responding To Sexual Harassment with Sandra Park (September 21, 2022 from 12-1:15pm ET) – An open discussion and interactive Q&A for BIPOC students and cultural workers about addressing sexual harassment in workplace and educational settings. In this 75 minute session, attorney Sandra Park will address sexual harassment in workplace and educational settings: what it is, what legal protections exist, and mechanisms for reporting it. The session will provide information and resources to understand the issue from its legal and systemic vantages. The remaining time will be reserved for an interactive Q&A. Please note this participatory event is strictly intended for students and cultural workers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC / BAME). To register, click HERE.
Sammy Yuen

Project: Presented in partnership with the Mott Street Girls and Asian American Arts Alliance, DRAWN TOGETHER by graphic designer and illustrator Sammy Yuen is an array of exquisitely detailed line drawings depicting historical New York City Chinatown businesses, landmarks and community organizations.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition goes back to these Chinatown businesses and to the Chinatown Mural Project, a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing culturally appropriate large-scale murals to the NYC Chinatown area and beyond.

The drawings will be shown at Pearl River Mart Gallery in SoHo from September 10 – December 28, 2022. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 1-3pm ET. RSVP here.

EunHea Kim

Project: A custom quadriptych mural project painted in partnership with SAYA in Elmhurst, Queens. The mural will represent timeless themes highlighting the diverse communities and unique qualities around Queens that SAYA calls home. This project aims to provide a visual identity of their own through joyful positive art in their headquarters space.

Photo by Louie Herman

Mischelle Moy
Project: The creation of two photo posters as a shopping incentives at participating small businesses in Chinatown, Manhattan including Wing on Wo & Co., KK Discount Store, and Yu & Me Books. Posters will be available at the stores starting Friday, September 16, 2022. The posters will be free with every purchase of $10 or more, while supplies last. Please check each store’s website for their hours and online order policies.
Anjali Deshmukh

Project: Giving Space/Changing Space – In the busy immigrant neighborhood of Jackson Heights, how do we give space with, to, and for each other? How do we change public spaces to support community wellness? In this interactive art experience, Anjali Deshmukh and Purvi Shah will explore how, we – as children, as women, as new immigrants, as life-long New Yorkers – give and change space, how we are part of a larger whole, and how we change the whole through the light of our presence and participation.

The workshop is happening on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 6-7:30pm at Travers Park in Jackson Heights, Queens (near 34th Avenue sidewalk benches).

Paul Jochico

Project: “Embodying Pleasure as Resistance” is a workshop focused on nurturing our inner child through play and community care. The workshop is happening on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6-8:30pm at A4 (20 Jay St. Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201). Please RSVP here.

Photo by Justin Kim

Jennifer Betit Yen
Project: A multi-media project sharing cross racial experiences of anti-AAPI discriminatory acts, both from victims and witnesses along with ideas for how to constructively handle the situations and 20/20 hindsight from the victims and witnesses, focusing on cross racial understanding and collaboration. A presentation of the work will air on TV nationwide on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the website.