Avery Shorts Live ••• Thursday, May 28, 2020 ••• 21 ••• Irene Sunwoo

    In no particular order, things and people, public and personal, past, present, and still to be digested:

  1. Tuan Andrew Nguyen, “A Lotus in a Sea of Fire,” at James Cohan Gallery.
  2. Christine Sun Kim’s performance at the Superbowl...
  3. ...and her incisive critique of its televised coverage.
  4. Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California by Charlotte Brooks.
  5. “How Chinese Sci-Fi Conquered America,” a profile on translator Ken Liu.
  6. Toshiko Mori, architect. The first tenured female faculty at Harvard GSD and the first woman to chair its Department of Architecture. At a GSD Open House (circa 2002?) her introductory remarks to prospective students were tinged with disbelief and defiance: “I am not a man, I am not white, and I am the Chair of Architecture” (paraphrased from memory).
  7. Last fall, while walking through a 2019 “European Capital of Culture,” a man trailed me for about one hundred feet repeatedly shouting “konichiwa” — with an expectant smile.
  8. When Linsanity Happened,” video. (“He could have been average, and it still would have meant something.”)
  9. While in a (pandemic-induced) YouTube vortex, the realization that 1960s pop group The Association included a Filipino-American guitarist and vocalist, Larry Ramos.
  10. Hua Hsu, writer.
  11. J. Meejin Yoon, architect and Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.
  12. Mary Ping, founder of Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
  13. Karen Wong, Deputy Director of the New Museum, boundless supporter of the Asian American community and its young creatives. The Don.
  14. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) successfully brought the case Lower East Side Organized Neighbors v. The New York City Planning Commission to the New York Supreme Court earlier this year to contest a developer’s proposal to build four megatowers in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. “This legal victory will prevent developers from tripling the density of the neighborhood by adding almost 3,000 new luxury units,” AALDEF stated in a press release. If realized, the project “would have had devastating impacts on Asian and Latino low-income residents, including NYCHA tenants, and spell the end for affordability in the neighborhood.” In court, the organization – which “protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans” – represented the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON), National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NMASS), Youth Against Displacement (YAD), Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association (CSWA), and residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
  15. Anicka Yi, artist.
  16. Tracy Ma, graphic designer (behind the foundational Avery Shorts identity).
  17. Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit,” at the Sculpture Center – postponed, but previously on view at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.
  18. The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination by Robeson Taj Frazier.
  19. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
  20. StopDiscriminAsian, “a coalition of workers within arts and culture who are confronting the racism, xenophobia and violence towards diasporic Asians that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  21. May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Did you know?


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