What Can We Do?

2022
Philip Poon
Project: A story called “Mini in Chinatown” that capture the complexities of a changing Chinatown, Manhattan. The story was printed as a ‘zine and distributed for free to community members. A digital copy can be found here.
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Alison Kuo

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

Photo by Tommy Kha

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Melisa Tien

Project: A two-hour workshop with Asian heritage, female-identifying individuals where participants shared impactful personal experiences with each other and then contributed to a group timeline of meaningful moments in each other’s lives. The workshop is a part of “Untitled Landscape,” an ongoing human-connecting project that aims to map out the landscape of a human life. The workshop took place on September 18, 2022 in the Garment District, Manhattan.

Photo by Tom Matthew Wolfe

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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 took place on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Prime Produce in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

This project is made possible with support from Prime Produce.

Photo by Dennis Kwan

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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 was organized for the staff of Communities Resist on September 16, 2022 and on September 30, 2022 at Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

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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 welcomed participants of all experience levels and took place on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 6-7:30 pm at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Photo by CONFIDANZ

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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. The workshop happened on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the 92nd Street Y in UES, Manhattan.
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Nancy Ma

Project: A sketch/short film in Hoisan and Cantonese, subtitled in English, around emotional/mental health. There was 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 in LES, Manhattan.

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

Photo by Peter Konerko

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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 in Chinatown, Manhattan.
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Karen Kang

Project: “Start with My Name” is a sewing workshop that invites participants to share their name through embroidery. Each embroidery is sewn onto a community quilt so we as Asian Americans can be seen and known by one another. The workshop happened on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown, Manhattan. Karen will continue to hold workshops, please follow her Facebook page to learn more.

This project was made possible with support from Fiskars.

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Jing (Ellen) Xu
Project: “Elmhurst Project” is a participatory art workshop inviting AAPI community members to color in line drawings based on the neighborhood’s street style and immigrant cultures and backgrounds using a Halloween theme. The workshop took place on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 3-6pm at Moore Homestead Playground in Elmhurst, Queens.
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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 took place on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 3pm ET at the 59E59 Theatre in Midtown, Manhattan.

Photo by Sub/Urban Photography

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Karesia Batan
Project: A special Filipino music and dance performance, featuring a live Rondalla band and Tinikling folkdance lesson. The performance and workshop took place on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 3-4pm at Windmuller Park in Woodside, Queens.
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 took place on Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 11am-Noon ET at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown, Manhattan.
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Xiaoyin Xie

Project: A letter writing workshop inviting community members to write letters to loved ones took place on August 27, 2022 at the ROAR Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown, Manhattan, and on October 9, 2022 at the Elizabeth Street Garden in Nolita, Manhattan.

Photo by David Straange

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Noah Wang

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

Photo by RJ Lewis

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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. The first 50 copies sold out; please follow Cindy on Instagram for updates on where to find future prints.

Photo by Michael Stewart

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Tati Nguyen

Project: A storytelling pop-up book workshop serving youth, with the goal to help them tell their stories, express their truth, and take pride in their culture and identity The workshop took place on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 3:30pm at the Chatam Square Library in Chinatown, Manhattan.

This project was made possible with support from the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

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Wynton Wong
Project: A block party for the whole family and neighborhood using music and art to reconnect our diaspora communities, across generations and borders. The block party was hosted by Think!Chinatown and 80XSet and took place on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at the intersection of Mott and Mosco in Chinatown, Manhattan.
Annika Cheng
Project: Collaborated with Alison Kuo of Sisters in Self-Defense to make garments and accessories for each of the Wing Chun students that both hold self defense weapons and band the members of the class together.
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Dana Leong

Project: Dana Leon of TEKTONIKmusic.org led a healing music session for the AAPI community affected by domestic and public acts of violence in partnership with Womankind. The session took place online on September 12, 2022.

Photo by Zoe Zhang

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Beata Moon

Project: An interactive piano performance and workshop for the senior community at Hamilton-Madison House. The performance featured Chinese folk tunes, music of living Chinese composers, and some Western classical pieces sprinkled in. It took place September 21, 2022 at the Hamilton-Madison House in LES, Manhattan.

Photo by Douglas Gorenstein

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Sammy Yuen

Project: DRAWN TOGETHER 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, Manhattan from September 10 – December 28, 2022. There was an opening reception on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 1-3pm ET attended by community members and representatives of the businesses featured in the drawings.

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Paul Jochico

Project: “Embodying Pleasure as Resistance” is a workshop focused on nurturing our inner child through play and community care. The workshop took place on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6-8:30pm at the A4 offices in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Photo by Justin Kim

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EunHea Kim

Project: A custom quadriptych mural project painted in partnership with SAYA in Elmhurst, Queens. The mural represents 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. The project took place over the course of a week in September 2022.

Photo by Louie Herman

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Jennifer Betit Yen
Project: A multi-media project called “DiscrimiNATION” 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 aired on TV nationwide on Sunday, September 18, 2022. To watch an edited version of the program, click here. For more information, visit the website.
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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 were available at the stores starting Friday, September 16, 2022. The posters were free with every purchase of $10 or more, while supplies lasted. One of the poster designs is being sold on the artist’s webshop, click on the below to learn more.
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Esther Choi
Project: 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 addressed sexual harassment in workplace and educational settings: what it is, what legal protections exist, and mechanisms for reporting it. The session provided information and resources to understand the issue from its legal and systemic vantages. The remaining time was reserved for an interactive Q&A. The discussion took place online on September 21, 2022.
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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 explored how we – as children, as women, as new immigrants, as life-long New Yorkers – give and change space, how we are a part of a larger whole, and how we change the whole through the light of our presence and participation.

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

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Janggo Mahmud
Project: A “Chaa & Paint” activity for the Women’s Circle hosted by Sapna NYC. The women relaxed, enjoyed themselves painting, drank delicious chaa, and socialized amongst themselves. The artist encouraged the women to practice weekly habits in which they do an activity to sustain their own joy all while checking in with other women in their group as a form of collective care. The event took place on September 29, 2022 at the Sapna headquarters in Parkchester, The Bronx.