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Undocumented Youth Express Hope for the Future in “DREAMers”

[Jens Schott Knudsen]

By Gina Chung DREAMers Directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin Written by: Alton Alburo, Krystal Ballard, Rachel Lin, Adam Odsess-Rubin, Reka Polonyi, Luis Restrepo, Aamira Welthy On Monday evening, the cast of DREAMers, a work of investigative theater presented by Theater for the New City’s NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD Reading Series in association with The Civilians Education Program, presented monologues […]

Chinatown Streetball Volleyball: Q&A with Director Ursula Liang of 9-Man Documentary

Director Ursula Liang

By Wen Hao Wang 9-Man, a sports documentary that tells the history of 9-Man Volleyball and its deep connection to Chinatown, has 9 more days to reach their Kickstarter goal. We caught up with Ursula Liang, director of the film. Read for her take on the game’s multigenerational legacy, its differences between volleyball, and Asian American […]

Post-Sandy, Housing and Environmental Issues Rampant in Working Class NY

From left to right: Bethany Li (AALDEF), Alisa Pizarro (Red Hook Initiative), Jason Chan (CAAAV), Damaris Reyes (GOLES), Garrett Wright (Community Development Project), Sukhdev Sandhu (A/P/A Studies at NYU) [Gina Chung]

By Gina Chung On Monday evening, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted a panel on the effects of community organizing in working class neighborhoods and ethnic communities that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Curated by Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellow E. Tammy Kim, the panel included staff attorneys Bethany Li of the Asian American Legal […]

58-Year-Old Ki Suk Han Fatally Struck by Subway Train

NY Post

By Gina Chung Update:  Police reportedly have the suspect in custody (via NBC 4 New York) Yesterday afternoon, Elmhurst, Queens resident and father Ki Suk Han was struck and killed by a subway train after he was pushed onto the tracks. The New York Post reports the victim, identified as 58-year-old Ki Suk Han, was attempting to […]

“DREAMers” Seeks to Tell the Stories of NYC’s Undocumented Youth

(Zhang Jun/Corbis)

By Gina Chung DREAMers, a new production presented by Theater for the New City’s NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD Reading Series in association with The Civilians Education Program, is currently seeking interviewees. Directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin, DREAMers is a work of investigative theater that aims to capture the stories of young undocumented immigrants in the NYC […]

“A Poet Whose Words Are Icebergs”: An Interview with Beau Sia

Dante Basco

By Gina Chung Spoken word poet and former slammaster Beau Sia has been performing and writing since the early 1990s, and since his beginnings in NYC at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, he has gone on to perform at the National Poetry Slam and on Def Poetry Jam, among many other venues. Last Monday evening, he performed at […]

An Evening with “The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time”


By Gina Chung “I seriously wanna get naked with all of you,” spoken word poet Beau Sia told a captivated audience last night at the Museum of Chinese in America at the launch of his new book, The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time. Perched on one of the eight wooden stools at the front of the […]

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 […]

Jeremy Lin on the Cover of GQ – Talks NY Knicks, Race and Expectations, and Next Season


An Asian American on the cover of GQ? Now this is something you don’t see too often. Jeremy Lin suits up for the cover of GQ’s November issue. Here is what the 24-year-old Houston Rockets basketball player has to say: On New York and the Knicks: “You can’t ask for a city or a fan base to […]

“A Song That Is a Storm”: An Interview with Spoken Word Artist Bao Phi

Anna Min

By Gina Chung Two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and National Poetry Slam finalist Bao Phi wears many hats; he has performed throughout the country, appeared on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and is also a community organizer and a program director at the Loft Literary Center. His first book, Sông I Sing, was published by Coffee House Press […]


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