Category: Collections

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 … Continue reading “Tomie Arai Papers”

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 … Continue reading “Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS 381)”

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 … Continue reading “EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)”

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 … Continue reading “Collection of Japanese American Newspapers (TAM 688)”

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 … Continue reading “Gloria Wong Chung Papers and Photographs (TAM 559)”

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 … Continue reading “Soh Daiko Records (TAM 634)”

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 … Continue reading “Rocky Chin Papers (WAG 325)”

Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)

Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art studio in 1968 and participated in the Bay Area’s performance art scene in the 1970s. After moving to New York in the early 1980s, he began … Continue reading “Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)”

Peeling Records (TAM pending)

Peeling (1995-2005) was a New York City-based collective of writers, performers, directors and producers. Using autobiography as a departure point, their collaborations were an exploration of contemporary Asian American identities through the development of original theater work. Originally founded in 1995 as “Peeling the Banana” by director/performer Gary San Angel at the Asian American Writers’ … Continue reading “Peeling Records (TAM pending)”

New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) Records (WAG 319)

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) is a union fighting for structural change in the taxi driving industry, ranked by the Department of Labor as the most dangerous job in the country. Founded in 1998 by members of the Lease Drivers Coalition (LDC), an advocacy project of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), the … Continue reading “New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) Records (WAG 319)”