"Whose Neighborhoods? The Rise, Fall, and Future of Chinatowns in the U.S."
A Zoom Conversation Featuring Filmmaker Yi Chen; Former DC Chinatown Resident Wendy Lim ’79; and Anjan Chaudhry ’09, Director of Community Empowerment, National Coalition for Asian American Community Development
~ A Program Co-sponsored by the Oberlin Club of Washington, D.C. and the Network of Oberlin Asian Alumni ~
When you visit the Penn Quarter in downtown D.C., you may not be aware of the breadth of activity and presence once associated with the vibrant Chinese community. What is the history of the Chinese community in Washington? What happened to the community? How does the fate of DC’s Chinatown compare with developments affecting Chinatowns elsewhere in the U.S.? To expand our understanding, we will engage in dialogue with a researcher, a former resident, and an advocate.
The program will draw from Yi Chen’s documentary The Past and Future of D.C. Chinatown which was produced for The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Yi is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has qualified for Academy Awards and been featured on PBS, National Geographic, Washington Post, NBC, and NPR. Yi is a recipient of the Open Society Foundations’ Soros Equality Fellowship and the DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship.
Wendy Lim ’79 lived in Chinatown in the 1960s and remained connected to the community through high school years. Wendy retired from the Smithsonian having served as Production Editor, among other assignments. At Oberlin, Wendy majored in East Asian Studies/Studio Art.
Anjan Chaudhry ’09 has been a lead organizer and advocate on issues dealing with housing and economic justice especially as these apply to Asian immigrant communities, and LGBTQ rights. At Oberlin, Anjan majored in Politics and Gender Studies.
For further information, contact Clyde Owan ’79 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.