Vermont Humanities

How Do We See Chinatowns?

Painting of two girls in 1950s San Francisco in a corner under a streetlamp
Vermont Reads

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 begins 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.

Vermont Humanities*** July 5, 2023