The doors of The Museum of Chinese in America are back open after a fire that nearly devastated their collection. Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism will open on July 15th. It is an exhibit that helps to navigate through a plethora of targeted assaults across the country, and a way to explore solutions, including raising a collective voice against anti-Asian hate and violence.
Chilean-born New York street artist Dasic Fernandez was the commissioned artist for this year’s NYC DOT’s ‘Asphalt Art Activations‘ mural project on the historic Doyers Street in Chinatown. Her mural, which was unveiled this week, is entitled Rice Terraces and spans the entire 4,851 square feet, at 200 feet long. The artwork was unveiled this week.
A women-led team consisting of Rachel Chaos of Chaos Built, A+A+A Design Studio’s Andrea, Ari and Ashley, and the mural artists, Kat Lam, Rose Wong, Jennifer Palomaa, sarula Bao, Jia Sung, Vanessa Nguyen and Chanel Miller, with Volunteer Coordinator, Alison Chi and On-Site Coordinator, Alice Liu, along with Yin Kong, project curator and producer joined forces with Think!Chinatown to launch ‘Assembly for Chinatown‘ ~ beautifully personalized open-air outdoor dining spaces on nine sites for thirteen businesses (and more to come).
NYC Landmarks Preservation commission voted June 22, 2021 to designate the Kimlau War Memorial in Chinatown a New York City Landmark. The Kimlau War Memorial is significant for its association with the architect Pay G. Lee, and for its importance as a monument dedicated to the contributions of Chinese American veterans.
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s We Are More public art campaign celebrates the expansive diversity and individuality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City and around the country. It responds to and rebukes the harassment and violence that has become increasingly severe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The titular work in the campaign is a direct address to the bigoted and confining stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans in popular culture; other works ask questions both poignant — “When will we stop feeling afraid?” — and pointed — “When will you love us like you love our food?” Still more feature vibrant portraits representative of defiant and proud Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers. Phingbodhipakkiya juxtaposes rich tones and energetic shapes with the language of sorrow and anger to show that despite what AAPI people have faced in New York and elsewhere, they remain undeterred and steadfast members of the cities they call home.
Addressing anti-Asian racism in our city, artist, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya seized the moment, creating portraits of Asian people with the wording, I Am Not Your Scapegoat and This is Our Home Too. The project, entitled ‘I Still Believe in our City’ is a series of 45 individual pieces of artwork, located in this cities busiest places ~ subway stations in Brooklyn.
Congratulations to Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya for making the cover of Time Magazine, The Story Behind Time’s Cover on Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Crimes, March, 2021.