Chinatown Arts Week 2018 Video!

Thanks for joining Think!Chinatown for our first Chinatown Arts Week. We had so much fun learning about Chinatown culture together. For those who were not able to make it, or for those who want to relive it, here is an amazing video filmed and edited by Eric Jenkins-Sahlin with footage from Charlotte Li & Birdie Park. 

We work hard to create free events like ChAW for the community. With your support we'll be able to continue with more activities in 2019. Please consider contributing to T!C during this giving season,

Chinatown Arts Week 2018: The Highlights

We are so excited to organize our first Chinatown Arts Week! There are many arts happenings in the neighborhood we are working on highlighting on our new platform, HowToChinatown.NYC which will be online in a few days, but for now we’d like to share with you the events Think!Chinatown is presenting for Chinatown Arts Week:

CHINATOWN ARTS WEEK OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION

Wednesday Oct 24th 2018, 5:30-7:00pm info session, 7-9:30 celebration @ 5 Essex St

Celebrate the first Chinatown Arts Week with musical performances by Mencius Music Society, projections from Asian American art archives, tastings from Ming River Baijiu, Chinatown eats, and drinks with new and old friends. Come by at 5:30pm to hear Think!Chinatown and partners present their new map-based platform, HowToChinatown.NYC. We hope that Chinatown organizations will find this platform as a useful tool to cross promote, find synergies, and work together to strengthen the neighborhood.

Thank you to our hosts, DLJ for supporting this event.

 

THE ART OF TEA WITH LC TEA TRADING

Saturday Oct 27 2018, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm @ 123 Elizabeth St

Sit down for a few rounds of tea with Mr.Chen. Learn about his wide collection of tea, specializing in leaves from Fujian.  If you ask, he’ll share pictures of where the tea comes from and how the tea is produced. $10 a sitting (20-30 mins, and please tip if you stay if you linger). Seating is limited, so circle back around if he’s full up.

 

OPEN AIR TAICHI WORKSHOP

Sunday Oct 28th 2018, 11:00 am-12:00 noon @ Forsyth Plaza

Practice Tai Chi and make new friends with an amazing view of the Manhattan Bridge. Shifu Sherry will take us through empty hand formations. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Suggested donation: $5-$20 cash for instruction.

Sherry Zhang Xiao Qin is a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, teaching tai chi and qi gong. A native of Hubei China, she holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chengdu Physical Education Institute in Sichuan and was an associate researcher at the Chinese Wushu Research Institute in Beijing. Zhang also worked for the China Wushu Association for 15 years and was certified by the Association to teach tai chi and qi gong.

 

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE SCAVENGER HUNT

Sunday Oct 21st 2018, 1:30-4:00pm (meet up at 5 Essex St)

Urban Archive is organizing a digital scavenger hunt for Chinatown Arts Week! The Hunt will be all across Chinatown, but we’ll meet up first at 5 Essex for hot cocoa and instructions. Enter in teams, or pick up a team with new friends! Explore Chinatown’s architectural history… maybe visit a local museum, and perhaps you’ll win some prizes from sponsors Pearl River Mart and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Prominent Chinatown photographer, Corky Lee, will share stories from his series, “Bygone Chinatown” which is mapped on our HowToChinatown.NYC platform.

Thank you for DLJ for hosting the event.

 

HAND IN HAND 手牽手 A SHADOW PUPPET PERFORMANCE BY SPICA WOBBE

Sunday Oct 28, 2018 5:00-6:30pm @ 21 Pell

What are hands made for? Are they for scratching, rubbing, or counting beats? In this work a mother holds her daughter’s hand, which conveys how the previous generation took care of the next generation. It also tells how a self-taught artist, Lisa Shia, used her paintings to document her life stories growing up in Meng Xia through a scroll that she painted. The show’s elements include shadow and light, object manipulation, Kamishibai style storytelling, and music.

The show is 20 minutes and will be performed twice: 5pm in English (英语) 6pm in Mandarin (普通话) Doors Open at 4:30pm. There will be a post performance Q&A with the artist.

 

VOTESart COMMUNITY CONCERT W/ E. FUZHOU OPERA ASSOC.
Monday Oct 29, 6:00-8:00pm @ 5 Essex

VOTESart is non-partisan organization that works with musicians to engage their local communities through pop-up concerts in community spaces. The program will include a special selection of classical music for a Chinatown audience and feature excerpts of Chinese Opera performed Eastern Fuzhou Opera Association. Audience members will be engaged in bi-lingual get out the vote activities interspersed through the performance.

 

CHINATOWN ARTS WEEK POETRY NIGHT

Tuesday Oct 30, 7:00 – 8:30pm @ HT Chen Dance 70 Mulberry

Chinatown Arts Week will close with a night of readings by Asian American writers curated by Julie Chen. Stay tuned for more info.

 

Cooking With Granny Storytelling Event: Grandma Mamie's Medicinal Chicken Soup

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Cooking With Granny comes to Chinatown! Just as you start feeling the sniffles from seasonal changes, have a taste of Grandma Mamie Chinese Medicinal Chicken Soup, a recipe that has been in her family for generations. Grandma Mamie will talk about 补品 (traditional Chinese herbs) used in soups along with the cultural stories that bring this dish to life and puts the immigrant grandmother in her much-deserved spotlight. Grandma Mamie will show a few other herbal remedies relevant to the change in weather in autumn. Learn about Chinese concepts of food as medicine and connecting to our natural environment. 

ABOUT COOKING WITH GRANNY
Cooking with Granny is a video and event series where diverse immigrant grandmothers cook and tell stories. Events include their signature Cooking & Storytelling Sessions and Grandma Dinner Parties. They have been featured on the New York Times, NBC, and Food and Wine, among others. Italian Grandma Gerarda is taking the stage with an interactive gnocchi session in October!

Follow Cooking with Granny on Twitter and Instagram @cookingwgranny. 

ABOUT THE CACTUS STORE
The Cactus Store is a shop and education center that specializes in rare and bizarre varieties of cactus and desert plants from around the world. The NYC location features a greenhouse and our new cold-hardy bamboo garden which is open to the public. Over the past few years, they have collaborated with different scientists, writers and artists to host a wide range of gatherings including poetry readings, listening parties, and small-scale performances. This year, they’ve collaborated with DLJ to open up 5 Essex Street to different minds and mediums through films, workshops and presentations in effort to provide a free, all-inclusive, alternative source for cultural and practical information connected to the natural world. Follow them @hotcactus_la

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Think!Chinatown Summer Moon Benefit Party 2018

Thank you for joining us! Thank you for supporting us!

Here is a video recap of that wonderful evening spent together in June this year! 

For a night celebrating culture and community, we gathered artists and friends to enjoy music, drinks and delicious Chinatown eats.
Chinese dancer Ling Tang graced us with her beautiful dance performance, accompanied with music by the talented Zhou Yi and Yimin Miao from the musical group Ba Ban. We were also enchanted by the award-winning vocalist Vivi Hu as well as by Chien Chien Lu and Santiago Sebastian Chiriboga from the band little BUH. 

Thank you to Sheng Lin for creating this video, and a big thanks (and music credits) to Little BUH for the amazing performance. Much love to the other performers of the night: ViVi, Meemee Chin, Ling Tang & the Ba Ban Music Society. It couldn't have been done without the generosity of all our sponsors: Ming River Baijiu, Tsingtao Brewery, Hiro Sake, Alimama, Oriental Garden & Luv Tea. To the Think!Chinatown team of volunteers & supporters...love love love!

Poetry Night! Wed June 20th, 6:30-8PM @384

Join us next Wednesday night for a very special poetry reading, hosted by our very own Julie Chen! Readers will include Cindy Tran, Sarah Wang, and Kiran Bath.

Cindy Tran is a 2018 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. A recipient of fellowships from The Loft Literary Center and Brooklyn Poets, her work appears in AAWW's The Margins, Nice Cage Magazine, and Copper Nickel, which gave her an Editors' Prize. In her free time, Cindy writes Yelp reviews, hoping that someone will search for a pork sandwich and find a poem about sandwiches and racism. Visit her at www.cindymtran.com.

Sarah Wang has written for n+1, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Conjunctions, Stonecutter Journal, Joyland, 6x6, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Story Magazine, The Third Rail, and The Last Newspaper at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, among other publications. She is the coeditor of semiotext(e)’s Animal Shelter. See more of her work at wangsarah.com.

Kiran Bath is a multi disciplinary artist from Brooklyn by way of Sydney. Her poems have been published in Tidal, Antiserious, Typishly and other journals. Kiran stays true to her Gemini ascendant and moves between dreaming up poetry to writing critical essays, to storytelling via photography to human rights activism via her attorney hat. Kiran is obsessed with the art of storytelling and is still trying to get over how bad coffee is in America.

Wine reception starts at 6:30pm and readings begin at 7pm.

Community Day, June 17th 12-6pm

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Come join us for an activity-packed Sunday, starting with an hour of Taichi from 12-1PM, followed by tours of his exhibit by James Chan himself in English and Chinese from 3-5PM. Amy Chin will be leading a Chinese-American geneology workshop at 5:00PM. Bring your friends and family!

"Where Are You Really From?" follows artist James Chan’s journey through his own genealogy research, as he learns more about his paternal family history. Beyond his grandparents, Chan never knew how he was related to family members he had met throughout his life. Family reunions were a foreign concept to him and the nearest relatives were thousands of miles way.

Using secondhand accounts, historical research, photos and unreliable personal memories, Chan takes the winding path to document his family’s history before it is lost forever. Along the way, he confronts key moments of reflection on personal identity and relationships. The discoveries, family stories, musings, and challenges encountered during the project are presented in a series of illustrations and paintings.

James Chan's "Where Are You REALLY From?" opens Wed Jun 6

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Think!Chinatown Community Art Space @ 384 Broadway, NYC

June 6 – 23, 2018

Opening reception: Wed June 6 at 6 – 9 PM

Hours: [Tues – Fri] 6:30 – 8:30pm  [Sat & Sun] 2 – 6pm

Where Are You Really From?  follows artist James Chan’s journey through his own geneology research, as he learns more about his paternal family history. Beyond his grandparents, Chan never knew how he was related to family members he had met throughout his life. Family reunions were a foreign concept to him and the nearest relatives were thousands of miles way.

Using secondhand accounts, historical research, photos and unreliable personal memories, Chan takes the winding path to document his family’s history before it is lost forever. Along the way, he confronts key moments of reflection on personal identity and relationships. The discoveries, family stories, musings, and challenges encountered during the project are presented in a series of illustrations and paintings.

About the Artist
James Chan received a BFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University. He plans to continue working on the Where Are You Really From? project to learn more about his family and the history of overseas Chinese.

Hashtags: #JamesChanIsFrom #thinkchinatown #384BroadwayNYC

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @thinkchinatown

 

THINK!CHINATOWN X Chashama host: COME YOU BACK TO MAYNILA BAY by Karl Orozco

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  • Think!Chinatown Community Art Space @ 384 Broadway
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12th from 6-8pm
  • Open Hours: May 13-27 / Monday and Tuesdays (2-7pm), Saturdays and Sundays (12-6pm)
  • Workshop Dates: Sundays (May 13, 20 and 27*) from 1-5pm
  • Closing Reception: Sunday, May 27th from 4-6pm

Come You Back to Maynila Bay is a community engagement printmaking project by Karl Orozco that uses hand-carved mahjong tiles to retell family narratives of his lola’s1 underground gambling den in the Philippines. In partnership with Think!Chinatown and ChaShaMa, Orozco will activate the space at 384 Broadway to create a public game hall and lead intergenerational printmaking workshops with Chinatown's youth and elders.

As a Filipino-American artist and educator, Karl Orozco’s work grapples with the legacy of colonialism and seeks to challenge assumed notions of family, migration and power. Influenced by Tagalog creation myths, sociolinguistic research, and historical accounts of colonial resistance, Orozco has deconstructed meaning throughout the traditional Chinese mahjong tile set and reinterpreted them for a Philippine worldview. Orozco wrestles with the cultural dominance of the Philippines and seeks to reclaim a visual heritage lost through centuries of inter-Pacific trade, Spanish colonization and U.S. imperialism.

Orozco will run printmaking workshops throughout Sundays in May where he will invite audience members to play games of mahjong and create printed “bills” recording their winning hands. Inspired by his lola’s Manila gambling den - conceived to keep her absent husband homebound - and by his own childhood experiences being told that mahjong was “a game for adults”, Orozco hopes to create an inclusive gaming space where participants of all ages feel engaged and leave lucky.

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Karl Orozco is an artist and educator based in Queens, NY. Orozco is a teaching artist at the Queens Museum where he teaches sequential art, printmaking and animation. Orozco was a fellow at the 2018 Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo. In 2017, his sci-fi comic Low Tide was featured in New Frontiers, a comics anthology and exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum dedicated to the life and activism of actor George Takei. He is the upcoming 2018 National Artist-In-Residence at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV where he will continue his mahjong print practice and transform the downtown Vegas gallery into a public casino.

384 Broadway is a temporary art space presented by THINK!CHINATOWN and Chashama. With the mission to increase representation of Asian American artists and themes of concern to our community, this project seeks to test new ways galleries in Chinatown can better engage the neighborhood with cross-cultural and inter-generational practices. This project is not a commercial endeavor and is largely run on the energy of community volunteers. 

THINK!CHINATOWN is a collective of neighbors and advocates working to keep Chinatown a vibrant place of inter-generational learning, cultural production & civic engagement. We are here to listen, to respond, and to build Chinatown's capacities as a strong immigrant neighborhood of NYC. Our mission is to attract & connect resources for Chinatown organizations & businesses using the tools of design & community engagement. Join us in connecting past, present & future to ensure a resilient Chinatown.

Thank you to Tsingtao Beer for sponsoring the reception.

Hashtags: #ComeYouBack #thinkchinatown

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @thinkchinatown

Everyday Chinatown Project on extended display to the end of April

T!C's Everyday Chinatown Project got a little love from Sinovision last week. Check out this great video by Jane Shi and Gabriel Garcia Rosa. 

Visit these locations to see and hear this community project.

·        心目華埠藝術空間 Think!Chinatown Art Space 384 Broadway

·        華埠眼鏡公司 Chinatown Optical 40 Mott St

·        寶榮行 Po Wing Hong 49 Elizabeth St

·        珠江 Pearl River Mart 395 Broadway (Mezzanine)

Art X Archives Exhibit Extended to April 22nd

T!C's residence @ 384 Broadway has been extended! We are happy to announce that T!C will continue to bring you programming for a couple more months in our pop-up space in partnership with Chashama.

Enjoy an extra few weeks to visit this amazing exhibit curated by Stephanie Tung. Come explore exhibited archives of contemporary Asian American Art. 

Wanna learn more? Check out this video made by T!C member, Hai-Li Kong, about the Epoxy Art Group in interview with featured artist, Ming Fay.

Check out the EVERYDAY CHINATOWN Project before March 31

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Many New Yorkers, Chinese or not, frequently pass through Chinatown to peruse the fresh markets, to eat dim sum, to wander.  Of course, these brief visits rarely grant a full understanding of life in everyday Chinatown.  EVERYDAY CHINATOWN captures stories of daily neighborhood life (beyond the bubble tea) through displays of Chinatown objects and the narratives associated with them. We collected and recorded these stories through a series of conversations with Chinatown community groups and collaborated with local businesses to display these objects throughout the neighborhood. 

Try out an EVERYDAY CHINATOWN story by dialing the number and extension in the image above to hear a story about the bagua. Like it? Then visit the locations listed here before March 31.

·        心目華埠藝術空間 Think!Chinatown Art Space 384 Broadway

·        華埠眼鏡公司 Chinatown Optical 40 Mott St

·        寶榮行 Po Wing Hong 49 Elizabeth St

·        珠江 Pearl River Mart 395 Broadway (Mezzanine)

'EVERYDAY CHINATOWN' Project @ Tribeca Art + Culture Night

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Dances @ T!C 384 Broadway

Our"Everyday Chinatown" and "Art Across Archives: Postcards from Chinatown" exhibits are running until March 31st. 

As part of Tribeca Arts + Culture Night on March 14, around 300 people came to celebrate the EVERYDAY CHINATOWN Project and meet the voices behind the stories.  The evening of celebration started off with a papercut demo with artist Xinsong at Pearl River Mart, whose SPARKLING papercut installation is on view at the store. The festivities continued in our main art space at 384 Broadway with a Chinese dance performance by Ling Tang. It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces alike - thank you to all those who came and volunteered! 

EVERYDAY CHINATOWN is running until the end of March, so make sure to stop by one of our four window displays and dial-in to listen to community members like Richard Young, Sophia Ng, and Meemee Chin share their stories, ranging from tales about teapots to sea cucumbers. 

·        心目華埠藝術空間 Think!Chinatown Art Space 384 Broadway

·        華埠眼鏡公司 Chinatown Optical 40 Mott St

·        寶榮行 Po Wing Hong 49 Elizabeth St

·        珠江 Pearl River Mart 395 Broadway (Mezzanine)

Have a Chinatown!Thought? Interested in sharing a Chinatown story? Contact us at hello@thinkchinatown.org.

 Our EVERYDAY CHINATOWN Project Team: Richard Young, Meemee Chin, Yin Kong, Simon Wu, Amy Chin, Jennifer Lai, Aaron Reiss,  (Luke Cheng, and  Belinda Lin didn't make it into the pic!)    And a big thanks to our community partners for lending us a space in their shop to display the project: Sophia Ng (Po Wing Hong), Kenneth Ma (Mott Optical), and Joanne Kwong (Pearl River Mart)

Our EVERYDAY CHINATOWN Project Team: Richard Young, Meemee Chin, Yin Kong, Simon Wu, Amy Chin, Jennifer Lai, Aaron Reiss,  (Luke Cheng, and  Belinda Lin didn't make it into the pic!)  

And a big thanks to our community partners for lending us a space in their shop to display the project: Sophia Ng (Po Wing Hong), Kenneth Ma (Mott Optical), and Joanne Kwong (Pearl River Mart)