Cycle 3: Spring 2018
March 20, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Two public programs focusing on the future of LES/Chinatown and beyond. See below.
THE FUTURE OF CHINATOWN
Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 2:00PM
In this discussion, we will explore Chinatown as an enclave for immigrants; the specifics of Manhattan’s Chinatown as well as Chinatowns
as a nation-wide network. What is the future of Chinatown? Who are the shareholders? What are their goals? Who writes its future? What are
Chinatown’s less visible social infrastructure and social networks? Is Chinatown representative of changes in other neighborhoods and
Organized by Andrew Shiue (Beyond Chinatown) and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong
with Wellington Chen, Alan Chin and Stephen Fan
+ Andrew Shiue is the founder and editor of Beyond Chinatown, a platform that aims to show Chinese arts and culture as diverse and
dynamic and observes how people approach this culture and heritage.
+ Wellington Z. Chen is the Executive Director for the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation — a non-profit
community organization created to mitigate the lingering effects of 9/11 on the area. Chen has led successful campaigns for the formation
of two of North America’s ten Chinatown Business Improvement Districts. He is currently on the board of the NYC Housing Conference
Advisory Board; the NYC Regional Economic Development Council; the NY Chinese Opera Society; The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
and the YMCA of Greater New York.
+ Alan Chin was born and raised in NYC’s Chinatown. He is Contributing Editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and a
contributing photographer to The New York Times, amongst other publications. Chin is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s
Graduate School of Journalism, and his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The New York Times twice nominated
Chin for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and 2000.
+ Stephen Fan is the founder of S!Fan Designs, a design and research collaborative in New York, and is a fellow at the Institute for
Public Architecture and Urban Design Forum.He is the editor and curator of SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the
Contested American Landscape, which has been exhibited at the Museum of Chinese in America and the Oslo Architecture Triennale.
Tactics for Strategic Action
Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 4:00PM
This workshop explores urban tactics for shaping the future of our communities. While unpacking some of the complex dynamics shaping our
current political climate— new immigration policy and legislation to the rise in race-based antagonism, the discussion will focus on how
we can proactively contribute to shaping NYC as a Sanctuary City.
with Lillian MacEachern, Joshua Bardavid
+ Lillian MacEachern has 15 years of experience working in both the public and private sector. She has had a longtime passion
for political engagement and activism, working with underserved communities, and volunteering with several nonprofit boards. She has also
greatly enjoyed being a mentor with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the Forte Foundation.
+ Joshua Bardavid, the principal attorney at Bardavid Law, P.C., has fought for immigrant rights since he began practicing law
in 2002. Prior to going into private practice, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in West
Africa and the Middle East.