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RESILIENCE! Conversation connecting Chinatowns
January 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
2020 has been an intense year of change, and the pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to our lives. More than many other metropolitan areas, Chinatowns across the U.S. and Canada have been disproportionately impacted by the surge in xenophobic rhetoric about the “Chinese virus”, the rise in anti-Asian sentiment, gentrification and residential insecurity, and the decline in business that has forced many Chinatown businesses to struggle and shutter. In the face of these challenges, Chinatown groups have come together to support and uplift these communities. This discussion, connecting Chinatowns across North America, highlights the relief efforts and creative approaches to navigate ever-changing pandemic policies.
RESILIENCE! is hosted in conjunction with the exhibition WHAT REALLY DEFINES US? …IT’S COMPLICATED, currently on view at the Chinese American Arts Council in New York. The show, featuring works by women artists Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme, and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, explores the complexities of racial identity and labor in the domestic realm within the Asian-American and Latin-American diaspora. These immigrant groups have greatly shaped the U.S. and are often the silent, “unseen” characters in the systems and institutions that support, feed and clean American homes.
• Chinatown Business Improvement District / Partnership (Wellington Chan, Executive Director)
• Welcome to Chinatown (Jennifer Tam, Head of Marketing & Communications)
• Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority — SCIDpda (Jamie Lee, Director of Community Initiatives)
• I Love YYC (Alice Lam, Director)
• Calgary Chinatown Business Improvement Area (Terry Wong, Executive Director)
• Friends of Chinatown Toronto (Annie Wong and Shellie Zhang, Members)
Moderated by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong