“Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism” Exhibition

The Museum of Chinese in America

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Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism features a comprehensive timeline on the gallery’s perimeter walls that traces 200 years of racism against Asians and Asian American Pacific Islanders, culminating with an expanded look at the past year’s spike in anti-AAPI violence. Artist Homer Shew will bring these events to life with specially commissioned murals that reflect the strength of communities throughout this long history. Commissioned pieces by J CHEN PROJECT and ARKAI will complement the exhibit run on select days.

At the heart of the exhibition are the artwork, multimedia, and material objects submitted by the public through MOCA’s OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection, which documents the agency and generosity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation efforts, transnational interconnectedness and organizing in digital and physical spaces, and the resourcefulness individuals have embraced to: counter anti-AAPI hate, cope with pandemic life, and tackle issues around social justice.

A projected soundtrack and video in the gallery weaves together excerpts from hours of oral histories recorded in the past year for the OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection to tell a multi-dimensional story of the pandemic through an AAPI lens.

The Responses exhibition concludes with a space for visitors to leave their own responses, using their choice of materials: written text, drawing, or collage. These visitor responses will then be added to the OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection in a growing display of resistance and reflection to counter hate and fear.

Since the launch of the OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection in April 2020, hundreds of people have submitted artwork, essays, and multimedia projects creations to form a collective historical record of how COVID-19 has affected Chinese American and AAPI communities. Hundreds more responded to MOCA’s REMEMBER, RECORD, RESPECT outreach campaign and PSA video launched in the wake of the tragic shooting deaths of six women of Asian descent and two other victims in Atlanta and submitted stories in response to the latest wave of anti-AAPI hate and violence.



from July 15, 2021 to September 19, 2021

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