Preserving Neighborhood History with Chinatown Art Brigade

Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong and Betty Yu lead Chinatown Art Brigade, an art and activism collective addressing themes of gentrification, displacement and community resilience in Chinatown. As A Blade of Grass Fellows, Chinatown Art Brigade created Here to Stay in collaboration with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union, a grassroots organization that works with pan-Asian communities around tenants’ rights, youth leadership, and community empowerment. Here to Stay comprised a series of community gatherings culminating in public artwork and projections onto buildings and public landmarks in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Based on oral histories shared in the gatherings, the artworks celebrated Chinatown’s resilience and preserved cultural legacy.

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