“Institutions like MOCA are facilitating the destruction of our community under the cover of social justice,” said activist Yanin Peña.
While visitors watched performances in the museum’s lobby, protesters pressed placards against the windows, chanting slogans like “Boycott MOCA” and “Chinatown is not for sale.”
Artists Colin Chin and Nicholas Liem decried MOCA’s acceptance of $35 million in funding from NYC as part of a jail expansion plan.
Like all histories, LA Chinatown’s story is one that is fundamentally about people.
The artist collective accused the Museum of Chinese in America of benefiting from mass incarceration.
Protesters rallied today in support of Jing Fong, the neighborhood’s last unionized restaurant and a popular meeting ground for arts events.
We started Chinatown Pretty out of admiration for this overlooked community, for both their fashion blog–worthy outfits and their active and independent lifestyles.
Michelle Sui’s film Street Angel wanders through the streets of Chinatown, spotlighting the stories of elderly immigrant residents.
The announcement quelled concerns by community members that the city had neglected its pledge to help recover the museum’s damaged archives.
Some 200 boxes have already been recovered and are “very much salvageable,” says museum president Nancy Yao Maasbach.
Tens of thousands of unique cultural items were severely damaged. The museum launched a fundraising campaign, and Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to secure temporary locations for tenants displaced by the fire.
From Bangkok to New York City, Cindy Trinh’s documentary photography series No Boundaries captures Asian and Asian-American experiences through food, labor, and culture.