August 23rd - November 13, 2021
On March 20, a pan Asian coalition of organizations led a rally at Portsmouth Square to mourn the 8 people murdered in the mass shooting of two Asian massage parlors in Georgia, 6 of whom were Asian women, and the wave of attacks on the Asian American community. The violence stems from a history of anti-Asian racism and misogyny towards Asian womxn. These letters were written from a place of solidarity, love, and power to the Asian American community by attendees of a public rally, From the Bay to Atlanta: A Safe Space for Asian Americans to Grieve and Rage, which was organized by a coalition of pan-Asian Bay Area organizations.
This project is an extension of ongoing efforts around community safety that centers the voices and power of immigrants, working class people, women, elders, LGBTQ, poor people, and youth of the Asian American diaspora.
What will become of Toronto’s Chinatown(s)? Reimagining ChinaTOwn is a collection of speculative fiction stories set in 2050 that boldly reimagines the future of Chinatown as a shared and collective vision.
Written during the COVID-19 pandemic in the early months of 2020, each story explores a personal relationship to Chinatown in the context of the rising anti-Asian sentiment and growing uncertainty for Chinatown’s future.
As the community authors speculate on the future in 2050, their stories offer a visionary act of resistance by uncovering new possible futures and bringing to light untold pasts. Chinatown itself is an illumination of the histories of diasporas for those who know how to see. It is a both a place and a condition; between generations, between patterns of immigration, between identities, between others, between countries. By envisioning Chinatown anew, the stories create a radically more generous and expansive present moment by building a collective and shared vision for the future of Toronto’s Chinatowns.
With contributions by Eva Chu, Helen Ngo, Amelia Gan, Emperatriz Ung, Michael Chong, Georgia Barrington, Tiffany Lam, Razan Samara, Amy Yan, Eveline Lam, and Robert Tin.
Each short story is illustrated and accompanied by a virtual reality (VR) companion.
"From the Bay to Atlanta: A Safe Space for Asian Americans to Grieve and Rage" was sponsored by the following organizations:
Sacred City | San Francisco
This rapid response exhibition was supported by: #StartSmall, San Francisco Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fleishhacker Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Relief, California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, SF Arts and Artist Relief, and CCC Contemporaries.
Photo by Joyce Xi (@joycexiphotography)