MOCACITIZEN Building Community: A Conversation with Gordon Chin & Tarry Hum

Thu, Nov 5, 2015 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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San Francisco’s Chinatown was the birthplace of Chinese America, while Brooklyn’s Sunset Park has become one of New York City’s Chinatowns. Join Gordon Chin and Tarry Hum as they discuss the evolution of these two neighborhoods and consider how their social, economic, cultural, and political landscapes have been shaped.
Followed by book signing.


Gordon Chin is a community leader, activist, and founding Executive Director of San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC). His new book, Building Community, Chinatown Style, presents a comprehensive history of San Francisco Chinatown. From the immigration policies that affected the birth of the neighborhood, to the growth of political leaders from Asian American activism in the 1960s, the book traces the challenges and successes of generations of Chinese Americans. Chin’s book is described as “an insider’s account of the community development activists and organizations that significantly shaped life in San Francisco and created long-lasting meaningful and positive social change.”


Tarry Hum is a professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY. Growing up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, she has observed different waves of immigration through her personal connection with the neighborhood. Her book, Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, observes the neighborhood economy, politics, planning and demography in relation to the whole city. Hum’s book also addresses the effects of gentrification on the rapidly changing environments of immigrant communities in New York City. Within the context of Sunset Park “Hum pays close attention to the complex social, political, and spatial dynamics that forge a community and create new models of leadership as well as coalitions.”


This program is held in conjunction with the current exhibitions SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape and Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968.


This program is co-sponsored by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).

This Free First Thursday program is made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation


Image of Ping Yuen Mural, San Francisco courtesy of Gordon Chin.