Oct. 2 -23: Souls of NYC Chinatown: Passion, Hope, Resilience Art Exhibition Featuring Arlan Huang, Tomie Arai, James Chan, Louis Chan, Edward Cheng, Bonita Lei, Lanny Li, Mei Lum, Elim Mak, Cindy Trinh, Alvin Tsang, Siyan Wong, Betty Yu, Shaoyi Zhang, David Zheng at New York Arts Center; Opening Reception on Oct. 2

Artwork by a group of 15 local artists will be featured in the “Souls of NYC Chinatown: Passion, Hope, Resilience Art Exhibition” at New York Arts Center from Saturday, October 2 through Saturday, October 23, 2021, Curated by Siyan Wong, the exhibition highlights the people who dedicate their lives to serving the Chinese community, and celebrates the everyday folks who strive for a better life despite extraordinary challenges.

The opening reception is Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at New York Arts Center, 78 Bowery, Suite C1, NYC 10013.

Gallery hours are Monday thru Thursday, by appointment only at soulsofchinatown@gmail.com; The gallery is open to the public on Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 6 pm.

Participating artists include Arlan Huang, Tomie Arai, James Chan, Louis Chan, Edward Cheng, Bonita Lei, Lanny Li, Mei Lum, Elim Mak, Cindy Trinh, Alvin Tsang, Siyan Wong, Betty Yu, Shaoyi Zhang, and David Zheng.

Presently, the loss of a place to live and not having a job that pays is real in Chinatown. Wages simply did not keep up with the greater increase in rents. This shrinking Chinatown due to skyrocketing real estate prices is not happening in isolation. Rather, it is a microcosm of a bigger national and international problem for everyday working people.

The way we think and prioritize “for the greater good” is at the precipice of change. The pandemic stopped the everyday working people from the rush to have more and be more. Finally, with the brakes on, we can ask, “What for?” and “What’s going on?” The people recognized in the exhibition are passionate about the survival of other members of the Chinese community, because their vision places community over self gains. We celebrate late professor Peter Kwong, late photographer Corky Lee, Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, dancers and choreographer H.T. Chen and Dian Dong, and others.
We, as artists, join together in the hopes that through unity, we as a community of residents, workers, small building owners and businesses, and Chinatown-is-our-second-home enthusiasts will come out on the other side of the pandemic better and stronger.

For more information, contact curator Siyan at soulsofChinatown@gmail.com

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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