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How Do We See Chinatowns?

Digital Event
June 29, 2023: 7:00 pm

Join Herb Tam, curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), for a presentation and discussion exploring the history of Chinatown representations.

Tam will begin with a close reading of Images from a Neglected Past, Basement Workshop’s seminal 1979 exhibition and mural documenting Chinese American history. This will frame a journey into MOCA’s vast image archive of pop cultural depictions, maps, family snapshots, restaurant menus, Chinatown street photography, and work by contemporary artists.

The talk connects the public imaginings and self-representations of Chinatowns to formations of Chinese and Asian American identity today.

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About Herb Tam

Herb Tam from the Museum of the Chinese in America HeadshotHerb Tam has been the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) since 2011. He recently co-curated Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism (2021) and The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging (2019).



Vermont Reads Underwriters

Vermont Reads 2023 is presented with support from The Trout Lily Foundation and The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

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June 29, 2023
7:00 pm
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Jacob Pelletier