The Histories All Around Us: Listening Session & Workshop

Tuesday, May 30 from 02:30pm EDT - 04:30pm EDT
Think!Chinatown Studio, 1 Pike Street, New York, NY 10002
Presented By Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan
Sponsored by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Think!Chinatown

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Join Think!Chinatown’s Storytelling Lead, Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan, for an interactive evening of stories about personal landmarks located in Manhattan’s Chinatown. We’ll hear from some Chinatown residents, who recorded their favorite memories of Chinatown as a part of Think!Chinatown’s Landmarks Project, an ongoing audio exploration of memory and place that gives contributors and participants a chance to visit and remember personal landmarks in the community. Attendees of this event will also have an opportunity to revisit some of their own personal Chinatown landmarks through a storytelling workshop.

During the storytelling workshop, Rochelle will guide attendees as they think about the stories all around them and how they can start to document their special memories of a cherished neighborhood. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own memory items (e.g., photos, flyers, voice memos, music) to share.

About Think!Chinatown

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Think!Chinatown is an intergenerational nonprofit organization based in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The mission of Think!Chinatown is to foster inter-generational community through neighborhood engagement, storytelling, and the arts. It believes that the process of listening, reflecting, and celebrating develops the community cohesion and trust necessary to take on larger neighborhood issues. The goal is to overcome barriers of community organizing where socio-economic factors, language, and cultural barriers create challenges for immigrant communities’ autonomy to make decisions in their own neighborhoods. Think!Chinatown pushes from within its own neighborhood to shape better policies and programs that define public spaces, celebrate cultural heritage, and innovate how collective memories are represented.

Program Support

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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