Here are a few projects THINK!CHINATOWN has been working on. Let us know if you'd like to contribute or collaborate!
HowToChinatown.NYC is a narrative map-based web platform. By creating a well-designed framework where a community that cares about Chinatown can contribute content, this platform is able to highlight Chinatown small businesses and cultural organizations with cultural context. The mission of this project is to strengthen understanding of Chinatown’s products, services, and cultural assets’ full value, and to empower all New Yorkers to deepen their relationship with this culturally rich neighborhood.
The map will also feature information about historic architecture through our partners, Urban Archives, prominent Chinatown-based photographers (such as Corky Lee), and festivals like Chinatown Arts Week. Other curated content will be added moving forward, creating a resource for neighbors and visitors looking to deepen and exchange knowledge of Chinatown. When this platform launches, it marks only the beginning of engagement with community contributors, working to add more information.
Let us know if you’d like to contribute, or if you know of a business or culture group that wants to participate.
Chinatown Arts Week
In conjunction with the launch of HowToChinatown.NYC, Think!Chinatown is organizing Chinatown Arts Week to celebrate culture in our neighborhood. Events will include tai chi workshops on Forsyth Plaza, traditional Chinese performance arts at the bamboo garden on 5 Essex , a shadow puppet performance at 21 Pell, a historic architecture scavenger hunt with Urban Archives, and an Asian American poetry reading night, while highlighting exhibitions happening in the neighborhood. We hope that Chinatown organizations will find our platform as a useful tool to cross promote, find synergies, and work together to strengthen the neighborhood. More information will be available about the festival at www.howtochinatown.nyc/chinatownartsweek2018
Think!Chinatown is leading a small series of workshops with a local community groups in Chinatown. The workshops will center around telling and recording stories related to objects you might find in the homes, public spaces, and business of Chinatown.
The series will culminate in displays in shops around Chinatown such as, Po Wing Hong, Chinatown Optical, and Pearl River Mart along with the Think!Chinatown community art space at 384 Broadway. People passing by will be able to call in with their phones to hear an audio story from a Chinatown senior about each object in Cantonese, Mandarin & English.
Think!Chinatown Community Art Space @ 384 Broadway
384 Broadway was 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 was not a commercial endeavor and is largely run on the energy of community volunteers.
Exhibitions to date: Eating Bitterness (Luke Cheng and Simon Wu), The Inscrutable Chinese (Homer Shew), Between Here and Home (Alan Chin), Thank You, Enjoy (Katie Salisbury), Come You Back To Maynila Bay (Karl Orzorco), Where Are You REALLY From (James Chan)
Art X Archives: Postcards From Chinatown
What does yesterday’s art have to say about our contemporary moment? Art Across Archives asks us to rethink the archive as a space for play and a source for new ideas in the community. Featuring work by Ming Fay and the Epoxy Art Group, drawn from the collections of the Asian American Arts Centre, the Asia Art Archive in America, and selections by the Asia/Pacific/American Institute at NYU of materials from the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU. This exhibition is made possible by the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).
Curated by Stephanie Tung and Produced by Think!Chinatown
Create NYC Culture Plan: Workshop for Chinatown Input
Think!Chinatown designed and facilitated a multi-dialect workshop to ensure that Chinatown's voice was included in the city-wide, Create NYC Culture Plan. Watch this video to learn more. [Video credit: Eric Jenkins-Sahlin]