Explore the shops and streets of New York City’s Chinatown as they’re illustrated live in this special storytelling event.
Chinatown, one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, is a place rich with art, culture, and history. It's a vibrant community that gathers and cherishes people of all backgrounds, and one of the rare places in the city where small businesses still dominate. Still, the narratives surrounding Chinatown are so often crafted by outsiders and onlookers. In partnership with Welcome to Chinatown, a grassroots initiative aimed at supporting Chinatown businesses which have been hit especially hard during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re exploring some of the true stories of Chinatown.
Join us for a night of real stories from the people who lived them, illustrated live by artist Felicia Liang, who has been illustrating her favorite local storefronts as part of her #supportchinatown series. You’ll explore locals' favorite bars and restaurants, contemporary art and historic stores, and the memories that make them incredible. Unseen, overlooked, and forgotten narratives of Chinatown will be shared by three storytellers, each of which celebrate their personal moments of magic inside Chinatown.
You’ll quite literally see the story — and Chinatown — come to life through their eyes.
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses following the rapid decline in business as a result of COVID-19 and increased xenophobia. Welcome to Chinatown serves as a free voice to generate much needed momentum for one of New York City's most vibrant neighborhoods, and offers resources to launch a new revenue stream during this unprecedented time.
Felicia Liang is a Brooklyn-based Taiwanese-American artist whose works celebrate identity and the power of visual storytelling. Since the pandemic, she's been working on a #supportchinatown series drawing Manhattan's Chinatown storefronts to preserve an important neighborhood for her and to let people know where to get takeout and delivery. She's worked with Pearl River Mart and Jing Fong, and looks to continue working with the community during these challenging times. She specializes in colored pencil and digital illustrations, focusing on food, travel, and Asian American culture.
Once registered, you'll receive a password-protected link to participate in the Zoom experience in your confirmation email.
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There are 275 spots available on this experience.