Category: Collections

Michi Kobi Papers (TAM 697)

Michi Kobi (1924-2016) was born Michiko Kobinata Okamoto in Sacramento, California on November 2, 1924. She was one of over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in camps established by Executive Order 9066. She was 18 years old when she and her mother were sent to Tanforan Assembly Center and then …

Krishna Reddy Papers (MC.244)

Krishna Reddy (1925-2018) was a highly accomplished artist, art educator, and author who made major contributions to revolutionizing the technology and artistic possibilities of intaglio simultaneous color printmaking. Born in India, Reddy first studied sculpture in Santinketan, West Bengal, and traveled to Europe in the 1950s to study under sculptors Henry Moore, Ossip Zadkine, and …

Pauline Park Papers (TAM 663)

Pauline Park (1960-) is a New York City-based transgender activist. She is the president of the board of directors and former executive director of Queens Pride House and chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), both of which she co-founded. She led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by …

Tomie Arai Papers

Tomie Arai (1949- ) is a third generation Japanese American artist and activist who has been challenging the mainstream art community and advocating public and community art since the late 1960s and 1970s.  She was involved with the Basement Workshop, an Asian American artists’ collective, in the 1970s, and from there continued her community work …

Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS 381)

Shu Lea Cheang (1954- ) is an installation artist, filmmaker, and media activist. Born in Taiwan, she graduated with a BA in history from the National Taiwan University in 1976 and later graduated with an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1979. Cheang’s work has encompassed numerous formats and often covers politically …

EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)

New York City-based Asian American artists founded the artist collective EPOXY in 1982. The group takes its name from epoxy resin, a binding agent which forms through the combination of two different compounds, and their namesake serves as a symbol of their mission to create collaborative art. They believed that collaboration would create works that …

Collection of Japanese American Newspapers (TAM 688)

The Japanese American Newspapers Collection contains 18.6 linear feet of publications from fifteen different Japanese American newspaper titles dating from the mid-1940s through 2014. The collection includes extended runs of Hokubei Shimpo and New York Nichibei, as well short runs of regional papers and international editions of Japanese newspapers from the late twentieth century. The …

Gloria Wong Chung Papers and Photographs (TAM 559)

Dr. Gloria Wong Chung (1925-2007), a leader in the struggle for healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and one of the first female Asian/Pacific American psychiatrists, was born in Taishan, Guangdong Province.  In 1929, she and her family came to the United States, settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Dr. Chung graduated from the …

Soh Daiko Records (TAM 634)

Formed in 1979, Soh Daiko is the first taiko group on the East Coast. At the time of its founding, Soh Daiko and taiko (drumming) offered a striking and powerful rebuff to the notion that Japanese women were “quiet.” Taiko has deep roots in Japan but is relatively new to North America. It was first …

Rocky Chin Papers (WAG 325)

Rocky Chin is a civil rights attorney and community leader long engaged in labor and human rights advocacy. Born in Washington D.C., Chin earned his BA at Lehigh University, MA at Yale University, and JD at the University of Southern California. He was appointed to be the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and …