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See & Do: The Dance and the Railroad


David Henry Hwang’s play is back on stage! On Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm, join MOCA for a special performance of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at the Signature Theatre with an exclusive post-performance Q&A. The story is about two Chinese workers struggling through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of […]

Asian-American Candidates Make Chart-Topping Gains in Congress

Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng celebrates her victory at the packed Plum Restaurant in Bayside, Queens. Photo by Christina Santucci

by Melody Ju Congress got a shot of color this past Tuesday, when the electorate voted a record-high number of Asian-American candidates into office. Among the fresh faces is Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, who’s always been one for firsts – at 21, she became the youngest person elected to the Hawaii state legislature, and at 28 she […]

“Extreme Makeover” at MOCA: a Fresh New Look for Stereotypes, Starting from the Drawing Board

The curator, panelists, and contestants at Wednesday night's panel
Photo by Nancy Bulalacao

By Melody Ju This past Wednesday night, a roomful of museum-goers, academics, and comic book aficionados played judge on the Museum of Chinese in America’s “Extreme Makeover: Comic Book Edition,” where local graphic novelists unveiled their original re-imaginings of the Asian heroes and villains they thought were flat, offensive, or just plain stupid. Marvel’s Yellow […]

CAAAV Guided Tour Gives Insight into East River Waterfront Campaign’s Success

By the waterfront, Helena Wong, executive director of CAAAV, speaking about Chinatown tenants' struggles.

By Wendy Wong CAAAV’s Take Steps for Chinatown walk-a-thon fundraiser was rained out last month. However, undeterred, CAAAV members gave a guided walk this Wednesday evening to celebrate the victories of their East River Waterfront Campaign as well as raise awareness for ongoing issues they were addressing. The organization, founded in 1986, was originally the […]

Hibakusha: Hope and Peace in the Aftermath of Nuclear Destruction


By Waseem Mainuddin Steve Nguyen’s upcoming project, Hibakusha, documents the life of Kaz Suyeishi, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and lecturer who talks about the aftermath of nuclear destruction. Suyeishi travels to New York  for an interview with the local channel 4 News and Paul Tibbets,  the pilot whose aircraft  dropped the a-bomb on Hiroshima. […]

A Night of Performances and Fashion at AsianinNY’s Moon Festival Celebration


By Wendy Wong Did you break out the moon cakes this weekend? AsianinNY kicked off Chinatown’s mid-autumn festivities with their 4th Annual Moon Festival and Fashion Show, as Saturday night’s event fused East Meets West in a blend of food, drinks, fashion, art, music and dance. The celebration attracted a mix of young and old, […]

Say You Heard My Echo: Exploring Post-9/11 Politics in Poetry and Prayer

From left to right: YaliniDream, Kelly Tsai and Adeeba Rana.
Photo by Beto Sepulveda

By Melody Ju On 9/11, stories scattered and collided, wound together and fell apart. A decade later, spoken-word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai collects pieces of the aftermath: shreds, shards, and hollows of emotion; radiation in the form of shell shock and discrimination; and blast damage from the event that rocked the public, personal and political […]

See & Do: Civil Rights and Sports in RightsFest 2012


By Melody Ju In the year that double-amputee Oscar Pistorious makes history by qualifying for an Olympic final in London and that we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the Fred Korematsu Institute brings its third annual RightsFest Film Festival—which opens dialogue on the intersection between civil rights and sports—to New York City, fittingly the […]

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

Courtesy of Alison Kuo

By Alison Kuo These guys are the essence of what’s amazing about Columbus Park in New York City’s Chinatown, a place where old people congregate to jam Peking Opera. Jam hard, too. Their music is not for wimps. It is loud, percussive, and strange, full of high-pitched wailing and gender swapping, and sometimes you have […]

Civil Rights and Sports in RightsFest 2012


The 3rd annual RightsFest, presented by the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, is coming to New York City, September 6-8 at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street  New York, NY 10013). The Korematsu Institute describes their inspiration for this year’s festival line-up: Inspired by the national dialogue about sports and equality during the height of “Linsanity” […]


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