Lunar New Year Red Envelope & Oral History Workshop

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Wing On Wo & Co

26 Mott Street

New York, NY 10013

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Melissa Liu, inaugural W.O.W. Project artist-in-residence, is creating a window installation that will be filled with handmade red envelopes (紅包, known as lai see in Cantonese, hong bao in Mandarin) and short-form oral history responses collected from members of Asian Communities in New York City and beyond. In the weeeks leading up to Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017), anyone identified with the Asian Diaspora celebrating the Lunar New Year is invited to participate in workshops organized by Melissa in collaboration with The W.O.W. Project, local artists, and community members and groups. Participants will have the opportunity to design and make their own red envelopes, in which they will place a question to share with a family member or friend from an older generation and collect a written response from. Participants will also receive basic training on how to conduct an oral history interview within their community, and have a safe space to discuss issues that Asian communities face in today’s political moment.

Through her window display project, Melissa hopes that the exchange of questions through red envelopes between younger and older generations will spark deeper conversations and moments of empathy that can help bridge intergenerational understanding in Chinatowns and Asian American communities through shared Lunar New Year traditions, and also result in the sharing of stories, experiences, and memories from the Asian Diaspora with locals and street passersby.

Please e-mail chinatowndiaspora@gmail.com with any questions.

Melissa Liu is first participant in the 店面 Residency, a joint initiative by Wing on Wo & Co.'s The W.O.W Project and China Residencies to launch a two-month residency in NYC's Chinatown to create storefront displays for the Lunar New Year.

The W.O.W Project’s mission is to engage the community to shape the future of Chinatown by bringing together youth, elderly, business owners, and concerned residents in conversation and innovative idea generation. More info at www.wingonwoand.co/aboutwowproject/.

China Residencies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation dedicated to creating a comprehensive directory of artist residencies in China; researching organisational best practices; and fostering successful creative exchange for visiting artists. Wing On Wow & Co’s The W.O.W Project is fiscally sponsored by China Residencies. Further information, visit www.chinaresidecies.org

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