The W.O.W Project’s mission is to sustain ownership over Chinatown's future by growing, protecting and preserving Chinatown's creative culture through arts, culture and activism.


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W.O.W. Maker Series Presents: An Artist talk with Sarula Bao

WOW Maker Series presents an artist talk with Chinese American illustrator and comics artist, Sarula Bao !! She will discuss her growth as an artist and share about her identity as a queer Chinese-American and her relationship with Chinese subject matter and the ongoing process of translation of that material through an American lens. The evening will also include a conversation with fellow artist, David Lee, a reading of Sarula’s new works, and a sale of her zines at the end of the event. RSVP here.


店面 Residency: changing faces Workshop

Join us for the first portraiture workshop in the Changing Faces series with W.O.W. Artist-in-Residence Singha Hon.

Changing Faces workshops are centered around self-portraiture and making images that allow participants to ask the following questions: who are you and who am I? How am I seen and how would I like to be seen? What does it mean to change faces to survive? What does it mean to change faces to thrive and find peace?

This workshop will focus on self-portraiture, exploring the legacy and value of practicing self portraiture as a space to reflect on external and internal gazes. Participants in the workshop will be given prompts to interrogate and resolve the conflict between how they are seen vs how they see themselves, and space to create new types of images of themselves and find agency in that image. With materials to draw, collage, and experiment with, participants will be encouraged to create images that represent how they appear to others or how they feel inside, with the possibility of exploring if there are symbols, animals or other imagery, that they associate with themselves.

*Please note that we have a limited capacity of 15 for this workshop

W.O.W. Maker Series Presents: An Artist Talk with Charlene Man

We were so thrilled to have hosted the lovely lazy squatting Hong Kong artist Charlene Man for her "你講咩話? What are you saying?" artist talk. Charlene spoke about her process creating work inspired by everyday life in vibrant Hong Kong. She closed out the talk with a conversation with multidisciplinary writer, editor, and producer, Wilfred Chan.

Charlene also be shared and sold her work from her independent press, Lazy Press, which slowly publishes and produces limited edition zines, pins, prints and other ornaments to spread the love of laziness since 2016. Charlene will also be setting up a zine library of work from other HK artists in the shop for folks to enjoy.


Charlene Man was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK. She is currently based in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong and creates art which, in its joyful simplicity of composition and colour, is open to all. She enjoys taking inspirations from everyday life and approaches her work with humour and multicultural experiences.

To learn more about Charlene's work visit:

Photos by Marion Aguas

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Photo by  Michelle Moy

Photo by Michelle Moy


Join us in celebrating the launch of our annual report, share homemade mooncakes and tea in community & kick off W.O.W.’s 4th year with us! Stop by the shop anytime between 7 and 9 PM to say hello and tell us all about your summer.


THURSDAY, JULY 11 / 7-9 PM / Project Reach

Chinatown Movements: Open Mic Night is a night of stories and performances centering movements in our community! We know the personal is political, we know creative projects write our people into history, and we know that the arts are critical, always. We envision a night that embraces and holds all of that.

Flyer by Emma Tse

Flyer by Emma Tse

Flyer by Alicia Kwok

Flyer by Alicia Kwok

WOW x Grand Tea Imports Endless Summer Shoumei Tea Launch

FRIDAY, JULY 12 / 6-8 PM / 26 MOTT ST.

Chinatown family-run businesses, Wing on Wo & Co. and Grand Tea Imports, are thrilled to be collaborating on a new premium tea line for every season of the year. The collaborative line features carefully sourced tea inspired by both families' Cantonese roots and memories of growing up in Chinatown. Join us in debuting our very first tea: Endless Summer Shoumei


Across the many varieties of white tea, Shoumei (or ‘Sau Mei’ in Cantonese) stands out as a favorite amongst generations of Chinatown residents. The tea boasts a light flavor and sweet aftertaste that inspired early immigrants to make Shoumei a mainstay in Chinatown restaurants and dim-sum menus.

Shoumei’s popularity with the young and old can also be attributed to its minimally-involved production, which forgoes the roasting and fermentation process that most teas undergo--this ensures that the tea’s natural flavor and health benefits are well-preserved.

Our “Endless Summer Shoumei” pays tribute to a restaurant classic and the palates of Chinatown’s earliest wave of immigrants. Packed with vibrant young buds that deliver notes of crisp white tea and nuances of fresh green tea, the tea will refresh spirits to help make the summer last longer.


THURSDAY, JULY 18 / 7-9 PM / 26 MOTT ST.

Join us in collaboration with Asian American Writers' Workshop for the second event in our Womxn Writers at W.O.W. Series, showcasing Asian American writers' voices and stories! M/other will feature readings by poets and writers Tina Chang, T Kira Madden, and Jen Hyde. They will read from their work and participate in a Q&A/conversation centering around the theme of mothers and motherhood. Light refreshments will be provided.


TINA CHANG is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. The first woman named to this position, she was raised in New York City. She is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Hybrida (W.W. Norton, May 2019), Half-Lit Houses, and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books). She is co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008) along with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The New York Times among others.

Her work has also been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation among others.

She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and was an international core faculty member at the City University at Hong Kong

T KIRA MADDEN is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an BA in design and literature from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, is available now. There is no period in her name.

JEN HYDE is the author of Hua Shi Hua,华诗画 [Drawings & Poems from China], Ahsahta 2017. She is currently at work on Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature. 

Jen holds a BFA in writing from Pratt Institute and MFA in poetry from NYU. She is the recipient fellowships from the Asian American Writer's Workshop, The Millay Colony, and Yaddo.

She lives in Brooklyn where she is a Heart Valve Ambassador for The American Heart Association, the Assistant Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and a collaborative chapbook publisher for No Dear/Small Anchor.   


Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans–in other words, we’re the preeminent organization dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.

We’re building the Asian literary culture of tomorrow through our curatorial platform, which includes our New York events series and our online editorial initiatives. In a time when China and India are on the rise, when immigration is a vital electoral issue, when the detention of Muslim Americans is a matter of common practice, we believe Asian American literature is vital to interpret our post-multicultural but not post-racial age. Our curatorial take is intellectual and alternative, pop cultural and highbrow, warm and artistically innovative, and vested in New York City communities.

Flyer by Alicia Kwok

Flyer by Alicia Kwok


FRIDAY, JUNE 14 / 7-10 PM / DCTV

The W.O.W. Project is thrilled to be hosting the W.O.W. 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: BUILDING A CULTURAL MOVEMENT in honor of our community ♥ Help us raise $25K by the end of July to help launch us into our 4th year of programming! RSVP now by clicking the 'register' button here:

The evening of festivities will include...

Peformances by:

-3rd artist-in-residence and calligrapher, Vincent Chong

-Queer Asian American comedian, Jes Tom

-drag performer, Wo Chan The Illustrious Pearl

-a special intergenerational reading of Bridge Magazine to honor the legacy of arts and activism work in our community

-dance performance by Chinatown dance troupe, Red Silk Dancers

Artist market featuring Asian American artists and makers who similarly explore themes of identity and belonging in their work:

-Chinese American jeweler, Ada Chen

-Data visualization artist, Brian Foo

-illustrator, Vanessa Nguyen

+A radical bookshop curated by the Asian American Feminist Collective

+a photobooth by the YELLOW JACKETS

+food sponsored by neighborhood favorites Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Kopitiam

+A soft launch of our new tea line in collaboration with local family business, Grand Tea Imports will also make its debut!

Poster by  Christal Sih

Poster by Christal Sih

Graphic by  Clara Lu

Graphic by Clara Lu


SUNDAY, JUNE 9 / 2-4 PM / 26 MOTT ST.

Queer Chinatown Tour highlights the hidden histories and contemporary happenings of the LGBTQ community in Chinatown. Inspired by place-keeping and critical mapping methods, the storytelling tour will interactively engage participants with different sites around the neighborhood that hold significance to queer and trans liberation. Based on community-based and archival engagement, the tour will be created and led by queer Chinese American youth from the W.O.W. Project and neighborhood mapping collective, Chinatown Our Narratives Tours. The tour will also be multilingual and include interpretation in Chinese languages.



As residents of Chinatown continue to face mass displacement from gentrification, it is more critical now than ever to uplift and celebrate the efforts of housing justice organizers, especially women leaders whose efforts often go unrecognized in our histories. This event will highlight the work of three generations of women housing organizers with Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities and their Chinatown Tenants Union. The panelists will discuss past and contemporary struggles for housing justice and their own lessons learned from organizing in Chinatown. The panel will also prompt attendees to connect the displacement occurring across neighborhoods in New York City from Chinatown to East Harlem, Brooklyn, and The South Bronx in a united fight for affordable housing and a more livable New York. Panelists include Ms. Liang, Helena Wong, Mimi Yaw, Melanie Wang, and Emily Mock. The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Urban Democracy Lab at New York University, Diane Wong

Graphic by  Clara Lu

Graphic by Clara Lu

Graphic by  Clara Lu

Graphic by Clara Lu


FRIDAY, MAY 24 / 7-9 PM / 26 MOTT ST.

Sites of resistance line Chinatown’s streets. On Mott Street in 1982, over 20,000 garment workers once left their jobs and marched on strike to fight for better working conditions. They flooded Columbus Park with fiery multilingual speeches and protested to call for justice. Hear firsthand from core organizers of the 1982 Strike — former garment workers, organizers, and union representatives — as they share memories of the strike and lessons learned from how they mass mobilized the Chinatown community. Panelists include May Chen, Connie Ling, and Shui Mak Ka. The panel will be moderated by writer and cultural organizer Huiying Bee.


Chinatown Movements: Past, Present, & Futures is an intergenerational series of five public events that highlight historic and contemporary movements focused on labor, housing, and LGBTQ justice in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The series includes panel discussions, film screenings, bilingual walking tours, and a culminating open mic. Chinatown Movements is the first series of its kind in the neighborhood to engage community members in understanding how we can learn and build from Chinatown’s historic social movements to address similar, pressing present-day concerns.

Chinatown Movements: Past, Present & Futures is generously funded in part byHumanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and theCitizens Committee for New York City's Neighborhood Grant.


SUNDAY, MAY 12TH / 5-7 PM / 26 MOTT ST.

Join us in celebrating the second year of Resist Recycle Regenerate. This year’s fellows will present their end-of-year art projects, a culmination of skills they have learned from guest artists and shared through community papermaking workshops. Incorporating handmade paper recycled from Lunar New Year confetti, these projects reflect on the twin themes of myth and memory. By weaving together their collective and personal histories as daughters of the diaspora, these projects explore themes of family, Chinatown history, and women-centered storytelling.

Papercut by Bonnie Chen

Papercut by Bonnie Chen

Flyer by  Juliet Phillips



Celebrate the start of spring with a W.O.W. original plant as tiny or large enough for your New York apartment. All pottings are our own porcelain creations with select pieces in collab with Chinatown bred ceramicist Val Chan of Hungry Mosco ♥


Val Chan grew up in Chinatown, NY on Mosco Street. Hungry Mosco started out as a personal project documenting family recipes of her friends and loved ones. Her fascination with food and the

W.O.W. Makers Series Presents: An Artist Talk with Jia Sung

April 26th / 7-9 PM / 26 Mott St.

Join us for an artist talk with Singaporean Chinese artist and educator, Jia Sung as she talks about her process creating work that explores notions of identity and language, cultural dislocation and belonging. Jia will also be reading some of her poetry and selling her beautiful zines, tarot cards and prints at the end of the event.


Jia Sung is an artist and educator, born in Minnesota, bred in Singapore, now based in Brooklyn, and received a BFA from RISD in 2015. She is currently a 2018-2019 Smack Mellon Studio Artist and Van Lier Fellow, and an art director at Guernica.

Her paintings and artist books have been exhibited across North America, including the Knockdown Center, RISD Museum, Wave Hill, EFA Project Space, Lincoln Center, Yale University, and MOMA PS1, and in publications including Hyperallergic, Jacobin Magazine, Asian American Writers Workshop, and The Guardian. She has taught workshops at organizations like the AC Institute, Abrons Arts Center, and Museum of Chinese in America.

*Note: We will not be accepting any walk ins. Please RSVP through Eventbrite! Donations go towards making the Makers Series possible.


Poster by Jessica Peng

Poster by Jessica Peng



Join us at Wing on Wo & Co. on April 12th for a discussion with sinθ magazine (Sine Theta Magazine) staff about nurturing a lively and rewarding virtual community of diasporic creators and learn about the inner workings of a vibrant publication!

ABOUT sinθ magazine:

sinθ magazine (aka Sine Theta Magazine) is a print creative arts magazine by and for the Sino diaspora. Founded by three women in Switzerland, the U.K., and Singapore in 2016, we feature the works of Sino creatives from around the globe in quarterly issues. We have now expanded to a staff of 15, and our core leadership remains all-women. So far, we’ve published 10 themed print issues of around 50 pages each and interviewed poets, musicians, artists, activists, film directors, and other creatives in order to foster constructive conversations about the creative process and the "third space" identity of living and working in the diaspora.

店面 Residency: An artist talk with vincent chong

March 26th / 7-9 pm / 26 mott st.

Join us for an evening of casual discussion with the W.O.W. Project's third artist-in-residence, Vincent Chong and residency coordinator, Clara Lu. Vincent will share reflections on his 6-month residency co-producing work with over a hundred community members through his 16 bookbinding, seal engraving and calligraphy workshop sessions and how this has impacted his interests in representation through art on paper and how materials are used to express the complexities of our identities. Vincent will also share insights on his collaboration with writer and community organizer Huiying Bee on Sonic Reverberations, a series of workshops aimed to grow writing and bookmaking skills and inherently hold space by and for QTPOC. Sonic Reverberation workshop participants will also be sharing their work produced during the workshop sessions.

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A guzheng artist with clara lu & Kayla Briët

March 10th / 7-9pm / 26 mott st.

Please join us as China Residencies and W.O.W. Project present a guzheng artist talk with talented artists, Clara Lu and Kayla Briet. Kayla and Clara will each start off with a song, then weave together stories of how they came to learn and teach themselves the guzheng with the meaning, shape, and history of the instrument (as well as all the sister instruments), especially in the diasporas.

*Note: Donations of $15 or more go toward honorariums & travel for the artists and treats for our audience :)


Kayla Briët is an artist exploring themes of identity in multiple mediums of storytelling: film, music, and virtual reality. As a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught composer, Kayla Briët scores her own films and creates music in styles ranging from cinematic to alternative pop to electronic. She performs live as a one-woman band, with her keyboard, guitar, loop pedal and guzheng zither, a traditional Chinese instrument. Recently, Briët was named a 2017 TED Fellow, 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow, 2016 Adobe Creativity Scholar, 2016 MIT Chamber Scholar for her interest in blockchain technology, and a 2016 Oculus Launch Pad Artist for virtual reality. Currently, she is creating and directing documentary and experimental film as well as immersive experienan artist exploring themes of identity in multiple mediums of storytelling: film, music, and virtual reality. es in the virtual reality space.

Clara Lu is a queer Chinese-American artist, born and raised in Queens, New York. She enjoyed engaging in her Shanghainese heritage and seeks out more ways to celebrate the dialect and culture. As a multidisciplinary creative, she thrives off of quirky, off-beat, concepts and creativity. Her interests primarily lie in bridging design, art, and social change through grassroots, community-based initiatives.

Confetti papermaking workshop with museum of chinese in america

march 9th / 1-3pm / MOCA

During Lunar New Year, you may have seen the Wing On Wo team around Chinatown collecting confetti from the Lunar New Year firecracker ceremonies. At this special workshop, join the fellows from Wing On Wo & Co’s Resist Recycle Regenerate project in transforming this confetti into paper pulp and then recycled paper!

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Through Queer Lenses: Orientalism & Traditionalism

Friday, March 1st / 7-8:30PM / 26 Mott St.

Join us *this* Friday for our final 店面 residency event! ‘Through Queer Lenses: Orientalism & Traditionalism’ is a panel discussion asking queer artists with Asian heritage how they make work in light of both orientalism and traditional culture, in order to celebrate QTPOC lives, narratives, and stories. We are so thrilled to have Wo Chan, Rin Kim and Ka-man Tse in conversation with our 3rd artist-in-residence Vincent Chong.

RSVP through eventbrite here.

Resist Recycle Regenerate Confetti Collection

SAturday, February 16th // 12:30-2pm

Join us for our annual confetti collection led by our youth art and activism program Resist Recycle Regenerate (RRR) from 12:30-2PM on Mott Street just a hop skip and a jump away from W.O.W.! The RRR fellows will be clad in vibrant red jumpsuits forming a street-cleaning task force to collect the colorful paper casings from the fireworks of Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Super Saturday. The collected bounty of street-trash will then be transformed into paper mulch during free community papermaking workshops in collaboration with our community partners in March. We will have gloves, RRR plastic bags, brooms and dust pans for anyone who is keen on joining us anytime between 12:30 and 2pm on the 16th!

Follow @wingonwoandco on twitter for live location updates !

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Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration'

Saturday, February 16th // 4-8pm

Abrons Arts Center, Wing On Wo & Co.’s W.O.W. Project, and YELLOW JACKETS bring in the “Year of the Pig” with a celebration for the Lower East Side and Chinatown communities. Join us for live performances, art activities, karaoke, DJ sets and refreshments from local restaurants."The Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration" is presented as part of the ICPP Curatorial Leadership Fellowship, with support from the Ford Foundation.


Abrons Art Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. As a core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.


The W.O.W Project is a community-based initiative that reinvents, preserves, and encourages Chinatown’s creative culture and history through arts, culture and activism. Located inside Wing On Wo & Co., the oldest continually-run family business in New York's Chinatown, The W.O.W Project was established by fifth-generation store owner, Mei Lum, to bring concerns of a rapidly changing Chinatown into a resident-led space for intergenerational dialogue and action. Since its inception in 2016, The W.O.W. Project has held numerous panel discussions about the role of art and social change, an annual storefront artist-in-residency program, film screenings showcasing Asian American women filmmakers, and several Chinatown storytelling open mic nights, that have reached over 1,000 residents. Our core mission is to create space for conversations to happen across language barriers and generational gaps to actively shape the future of Chinatown.


YJC is an intersectional collective of queer Yellow American femmes collaborating towards futures that center marginalized bodies.

店面 Storefront Residency Opening Reception

Thursday, January 31st // 7-9PM

Join us for our 3rd artist-in-residence Vincent Chong's opening reception of his Lunar New Year installation! Vincent's works as well as handmade books, calligraphy and seals by workshop participants will be on view in Wing on Wo's window. Food and drinks will be provided on a first come first serve basis.


W.O.W. Project's third 店面 artist in residence, Vincent Chong, is a queer, mixed-race Chinese American artist. Vincent is interested in representation through art on paper and how we can use these materials to express the complexities of our identities - queerness, transnationalism, etc. On one hand these workshops will introduce participants to the traditional tools and strategies used to study Chinese calligraphy. On the other, they will function as spaces of discussion about how we carry traditions as young people -- how we acknowledge and imagine the narratives of those erased through history, and how we establish agency and ownership within these traditions.

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W.O.W. Project's third 店面 artist in residence, Vincent Chong, is a queer, mixed-race Chinese American artist. Vincent is interested in representation through art on paper and how we can use these materials to express the complexities of our identities - queerness, transnationalism, etc. On one hand these workshops will introduce participants to the traditional tools and strategies used to study Chinese calligraphy. On the other, they will function as spaces of discussion about how we carry traditions as young people -- how we acknowledge and imagine the narratives of those erased through history, and how we establish agency and ownership within these traditions.

Workshop schedule**:

11/27 6:30-8:30: Calligraphy Class 行草書 Running and Grass Script

12/1 12-4 PM: Basic Bookmaking: Softcover

12/16 12-4 PM: Basic Bookmaking: Accordian 

12/18 7-9 PM: Calligraphy Class: Holiday Cards 

1/8 7-9 PM: Calligraphy Class: Spring Couplets 

1/15 7-9 PM: Calligraphy Class: Spring Couplets

**Please sign up for the corresponding workshops you'd like to attend through our Eventbrite link :) 

**Please sign up for the corresponding workshops you'd like to attend through our Eventbrite link :) 

Sonic Reverberations: A QTPOC Writing & Bookmaking Workshop

Session 1: 1/6 & 1/13 , Session 2: 1/20 & 1/27

How can writing help heal? How do we find and create safety within ourselves? Who are the QTPOC writers we write in conversation with? As our communities, bodies, and psyches continue to be under attack, how can we be our greatest resource? Over the course of two sessions, we will hand make books and write. We will read the work of queer and trans writers and artists, and delve into the sonic — the embodied emotions that move us — to write our truths and stories. You will create softcover books and write in community with other QTPOC writers and facilitators.

All materials will be provided at no cost. No prior experience necessary. Snacks provided. Apply by 12/30:

January 6, 2019 & January 13, 2019, 1-5pm
January 20, 2019 & January 27, 2019, 1-5pm

This workshop is a collaboration with Huiying B. Chan, a creative writer and cultural organizer from NYC, and Vincent Chong (莊志明), a queer, mixed-race Chinese American artist who is the current artist-in-residence at Wing on Wo. It is held as part of a series of workshops organized by The W.O.W. Project. Huiying's work is at the intersections of writing, healing, and cultivating community through cultural programming. Vincent is interested in representation through art on paper and how we can use these materials to express the complexities of our identities - queerness, transnationalism, etc.

These workshops aim to be spaces to grow our writing and bookmaking skills and inherently hold space by and for QTPOC. We will talk about how we in the diaspora both carry and create tradition, and how we build on narratives that may have been erased in histories. Ultimately the goal is to find our power in our voices and truths and creating, unafraid.




tues, nov. 6 // 7-9pm

Join us as LA native and Founder of WAPOW magazine, Wendy Chung talks about how she started and envisioned the bilingual print magazine to be a resource to share information and highlight personal stories in a time of rapid neighborhood change and urban development in LA's Chinatown. Wendy will be in conversation with Diane Wong, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at NYU Gallatin School. We're so excited to be hosting Wendy after meeting her during our west coast tour a year ago to date!

WAPOW / 華報 is a bilingual print magazine in LA Chinatown centered on storytelling, civic engagement and cultural stewardship. WAPOW is published seasonally with 10k copies printed each run, shared in Chinatown and affiliated Southern California communities. It is structured as a service learning project, engaging a multigenerational team of contributors to research, write, illustrate and distribute each issue. 


Wendy Chung (鍾佩晶) was born and raised in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. She grew up visiting LA Chinatown with her family on weekends, eating pho and exploring the bustling plazas. Wendy is a second generation Chinese American. Her parents came to Los Angeles in 1979 as Vietnam War refugees. Her professional background is in urban planning, mass communication and local economic development. In the past, she has worked in local government, specializing in economic development, civic engagement and housing issues. She is currently transitioning into family business, taking over her parents' 30-plus year-old electrical supply house. 

Wendy is passionate about community engagement and creative media. In 2017, she created WAPOW, a bilingual print publication in LA Chinatown that engages a multigenerational team of volunteers to produce a magazine highlighting local Chinatown news and culture. Prior to starting WAPOW, Wendy first got involved in Chinatown organizations through her graduate studies at USC. In 2016, as part of her Dual Master's in Urban Planning and Public Administration, Wendy completed an independent research project examining local economic development in Chinatown, where she remains involved as an active member of Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Wendy's Bachelors of Arts is from UCLA in Anthropology and Communication Studies.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 16th & 23rd // 7-8:30PM


W.O.W. Project's third 店面 artist in residence, Vincent Chong is a queer mixed race Chinese American artist, offering workshops in Chinese calligraphy throughout the fall. Vincent is interested in representation through art on paper and how we can use these materials to express the complexities of our identities - queerness, transnationality, etc. On one hand these workshops will function as introductory courses, introducing participants to the traditional tools and strategies used to study Chinese calligraphy. And on the other, they will function as spaces of discussion to chat about how we carry traditions as young people -- how we acknowledge and imagine the narratives of those erased through history, and how we establish agency and ownership within these traditions.

*Please note that we have a limited capacity of 15. We will also be setting up in Columbus Park on Saturday 10/20 from 12-4pm for anyone who can’t make it to our Tuesday night sessions.




Thursday, July 19 // 7-9PM // Project Reach NYC 39 Eldridge St.

Join us for a night of storytelling and honoring the voices of writers, artists, and creators across the diaspora. We know the personal is political, we know that creative projects write our people into history, we know that the arts are critical, always. We envision a night that embraces and holds all of that. 




SAturday, June 23 // 7-10PM // DCTV 87 Lafayette

Join us for an evening of festivities in celebration of the W.O.W. Project's 2 Year Anniversary! Drawing inspiration from our year of growth and regeneration, the evening will include:

+W.O.W. Artist Market featuring Chinatown Art Brigade, Christal Sih, Clara Lu, Emily Mock, Jia Sung, Vincent Chong and W.O.W.'s very own limited edition designs by Juliet Phillips!

+Performances featuring Clara Lu, Ja Wapangsak, Judy Lei, Margaret Yuen, Reonda, and Tomie Arai

+Food & Drink from Chinatown local businesses Oriental Garden, Kopitiam, and Lucky King Bakery,

Purchase tickets here and follow event sneak peeks here.

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Thursday, June 14 // 7-9pm


How do oral histories document generations past and present? How do these stories shape our future? What are the stories you have been waiting to tell? Four multimedia storytellers, scholars, and organizers share their work documenting personal, local, and global stories of the diaspora. 


Nyssa Chow is a writer, new media storyteller, and educator. She is a professor at S.U.N.Y. Purchase teaching writing for film, and theories of meaning creation in narrative works. As the former Teaching Fellow at Columbia University OHMA, she worked to help students bring the practice of oral history and narrative storytelling together. In her public talks she often emphasizes the importance bringing the human experience into historical scholarship, and the importance of engaging in public facing work.She is a graduate of the Columbia University’s MFA program, and the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program.She is the 2018 Recipient of the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, won for the book project, Still.Life. The project also won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. She’s a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. She was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant, and in 2014, she won the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting.


Tao Goffe born in London and raised between the UK and US, Tao Leigh Goffe is a cultural critic specializing in the narratives that emerge from histories of imperialism, migration, ang globalization. Her interdisplinary research examines the unfolding relationship between technology, the senses, memory and nature. Tao has held academic positions at New York University, Princeton University and Hunter College CUNY. She received her PhD from Yale University and Bachelor's degree from Princeton University. In 2019, she will begin a joint position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She has extensive experience as a researcher and public speaker. Her strengths are in communicating complex ideas to groups with varying levels of expertise, including both specialist and non-specialist audiences. She has undertaken internships in a variety of fields at the United Nations, Merrill Lynch, and the Museum of Chinese in America, in publishing, curating, and social media.

Diane Wong is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where she writes on race, gender, and the gentrification of Chinatowns. As a writer, educator, and multimedia storyteller, her research stems from a place of revolutionary praxis and deep love for community. Her current research explores how gentrification led displacement politically impacts the Chinese immigrant communities in New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, American Political Science Association, and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and it has appeared in a variety of publications, journals, anthologies, and podcasts. Diane is currently a visiting scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University where she is finishing her dissertation and working closely with The W.O.W. Project and Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队. 

Huiying Bernice Chan is a creative writer, multimedia storyteller, and aspiring healer with roots in Chinatown and the Toisanese diaspora. Huiying received the 2016-2017 Knafel Fellowship to travel solo to Chinatowns in eight countries around the world to document global migration and resilience across the diaspora. As a current Open City Fellow with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Huiying is covering stories of intergenerational arts and activism in Chinatown. Their writing has recently been published in Culture Push's PUSH/PULL Online Journal, The Blueshift Journal, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology. Huiying is continuing to dream a life that is oceanic. 



SATurday, May 12 // 5-7pm


Join Resist Recycle Regenerate fellows in celebrating their end-of-year art projects, a culmination of skills they have learned and shared through the series of community papermaking workshops. Incorporating handmade paper recycled from Lunar New Year confetti, these projects weave together and reflect on themes of lineage, personal/collective histories, and the role of art in centering women and resisting forces of erasure and invisibility. The RRR Fellows projects respond to questions of Chinese-American identity and heritage, contextualizing our lives within local and national histories of migration.

The afternoon will begin with a walk-in showcase from 5-6pm and conclude with a conversation from 6-7pm with the fellows about their experience being a part of the Resist Recycle Regenerate program as well as how they developed their projects from inception to implementation.

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Friday, APril 20 //7-9pm


Recognizing that gentrification is not isolated but part of a larger system of dispossession, Diane Wong and Mei Lum wanted to learn how other communities were fighting for their homes and neighborhoods. Bringing their work from east to the west coast in October 2017, Diane & Mei were able to learn from tenants, organizers, small shop owners, restaurant and garment workers, artists, allied researchers, and nonprofit workers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Seattle Chinatown. Together they share their reflections and stories of those they connected and built with during their time on the west coast. RSVP here !

Friday, April 13 //7-9pm

As a concluding event of this series, we will be holding screenings of all three filmmakers' films at 26 Mott St. Next up is a 3-part screening collaboration with Third World Newsreel and Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队. 


This event will prioritize youth attendees, but also welcomes the public (with limited tickets, so please do RSVP in the link in the bio!)


Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues. It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them. Ultimately, whether documentary, experimental, narrative, traditional or non-traditional, the importance of the media promoted by the organization is its ability to effect social change, to encourage people to think critically about their lives and the lives of others, and to propel people into action.


This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join forces to protest police brutality and hostile real estate developers. With bold strokes, it paints an overview of the community and its history, from the early laborers driving spikes into the transcontinental railroad to the garment workers of today. 

FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Christine Choy and a newly remastered HD version is now available

From Spikes to Spindles is co-presented by Third World Newsreel -- celebrating 50 years of progressive, alternative, independent media by and about communities of color and social justice issues #TWN50Years(


Love and labor intersect in "Resilience", a 18 minute short documentary in which I, the director, document the impact of sweatshop conditions on my family life. The film follows the lives of me, my sister Virginia, and our mother, Sau Kwan, an immigrant from Hong King who works in a garment factory. "Resilience" captures Kwan as a passionate leader in the movement against inhumane sweatshop conditions in the United States.
Resilience had its US debut at the 2000 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York and its’ International debut at the 2001 Mayworks Festival in Toronto, Canada. Resilience was also screened at the Directors Guild of America for the 2002 Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival.


Farewell, New Southwind is an observational documentary following a lively restaurant worker on the last day of a popular home-style Hakka Chinese restaurant in New York City, shuttering after 30 years of operation. The film is in Cantonese, with bilingual Chinese + English subtitles.

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Friday, April 6 //7-9pm


What can elderly Chinese Cuban women in Havana teach us about the fight to preserve Chinatown in New York City? How does Johannesburg’s Chinatown relate to Black and Asian race relations in the U.S.? Where is home for the lineages of immigrants in the diaspora? The Chinese diaspora is worldwide. Immigrants have created home in countries where one may not expect to find thousands of Chinese restaurants in one city (Lima, Peru). In one year, Huiying Bernice Chan traveled solo to seven countries using Chinatowns as a starting point to learning about global stories of migration, activism, and resilience across the diaspora. Beginning in Latin America, stopping in South Africa, traversing Asia, and ending in Australia, Huiying shares their journey. 


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Come join us as we wrap up the W.O.W. Project's Second Storefront Residency with our Artist-in-Residence Emily Mock! 

The night will feature a casual conversation and discussion of Emily Mock's work and experiences during her 6 month long residency, as well as interactive activities and a guzheng musical performance by Clara Lu.The event will include a guzheng musical performance by Clara Lu, short film documenting Emily's 6-month residency by Eric Jenkins, interactive papercutting activities led by Emily, and fun, laughs and conversation with Emily and Clara about their experience working together during the past 6 months.



The W.O.W. Youth Series kicked off with an Asian American Female Filmmakers Panel this past June, centering Asian American female narratives and voices and discussing the many obstacles Asian American female filmmakers face in a predominantly white and male film industry. NYU film student and W.O.W short film director, Denise Zhou, moderated a discussion with three Asian American female filmmakers, ManSee Kong,Ursula Liang, and Theresa Loong about how their race and gender intersect to inform their work and address their challenges working in the film business. 

As a continuation of this series, we will be holding screenings of all three filmmakers' films at 26 Mott St. Next up is Ursula Liang's 9-Man Film. 


This event will prioritize youth attendees, but also welcomes the public (with limited tickets, so please do RSVP in the link in the bio!)


9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys and it is fiercely protected by a community of men who who require that 2/3 of players are “100% Chinese.” A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition.


URSULA LIANG is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love,” “Wo Ai Ni Mommy,” “UFC Countdown,” “UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. Liang also works for the film publicity company, the 2050 Group, is a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project. Liang grew up in Newton, Mass. and lives in the Bronx, New York. “9-Man” is her debut as a director.

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We are so excited to invite our community to participate in free papermaking workshops led by our Resist Recycle Regenerate fellows. After last week's big confetti collection, we collected an oustanding *12* garbage bags of confetti and are so excited to recycle this back into our community and create an accessible space for community members to participate in a traditional craft: papermaking. We will be holding 2 confetti papermaking workshop days (4 sessions) in W.O.W.'s studio on March 10th and 17th and will also be partnering with community organizations like Museum of Chinese in America and many more to bring our workshops to different community groups around our neighborhood. 

On March 10th and 17th we will be holding two 1 hour drop-in sessions a day 1:00 - 2:00pm and 2:00 - 3:00pm. Feel free to swing by and check it out and pull a piece of paper or two! 

*Please note that our studio capacity is limited to about ~10 people so we'll be trying our best to accommodate everyone! 

SAturday, February 24 // 1- 3pm

Resist Recycle Regenerate Chinese New Year Confetti Clean-up



Our year-long Resist Recycle Regenerate workshop series aims to teach our five RRR Project fellows, Kristin Chang, Jing Chen, Melody Sang, Lily Tang, and Ja Wangpasuk the crafts of papermaking and printmaking so that they may in turn lead workshops for the community in early March.

After the celebratory explosions of Lunar New Year fireworks in February 2018, together, with a group of about 10-20 community volunteers (like you!), we will collect the discarded confetti fireworks – that are considered trash by most – to transform into paper pulp with our community. We will be stationed at 4 different locations throughout Chinatown and encourage everyone to grab a RRR Project bag, join in on the confetti collection, and drop off your ~full bag of confetti~ at any of the locations on our map! 

To learn more about the project visit:

Huge thanks to the Asian Women Giving Circle for making this project possible. We are so grateful ♥

Tuesday, Feburary 13th // 7-9PM

店面 Storefront Residency OPening




Join Wing On Wo & Co.’s second Lunar New Year 店面 Artist-in-Residence Emily Mock for the opening reception of her window display project, and celebrate the Lunar New Year early with light snacks and drinks.

*SPECIAL NOTE*: W.O.W's capacity is limited so we'll be trying to circulate everyone through the space as they swing by -- we want to make sure everyone has a chance to see the window. 

More info about the Project:
W.O.W. Shadow Puppet Theater is a community project centered on the question “what do you do to sweep away evil?” From October through January, 店面Storefront Artist-in-Residence Emily Mock held workshops in the Wing On Wo studio and Columbus Park, teaching paper cutting and shadow puppetry. Participants made their own puppets and devised short plays based on a memory, practice, tradition, or imaginary about how they sweep away evil for themselves and their communities. These recorded plays will be featured in a month-long window installation at Wing on Wo & Co. 

thursday, january 25th // 7-8:30pm

店面 residency: sweeping away evil Panel 

The Sweeping Away Evil Panel is a part of Emily Mock's 店面 Storefront Residency. Since October, Emily has been holding free workshops teaching paper cutting and shadow puppetry, and inviting participants to create a community shadow puppet theater activating stories about Chinatown, sweeping out evil, building home and safety, and overcoming in 2018.

This event asks panelists from several practices and fields how they “sweep away evil,” how they build home and safety for their communities, and what needs overcoming in the new year.

The panelists featured are:

  • Donna Mah, Chinese medicine practitioner

  • Fay Bonas, artist

  • Jes Tom, stand-up comic and actor

  • CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union

  • Muriel Miguel, Founder & Artistic Director, Spiderwoman Theater

We have a suggested donation of $5-10 that goes towards an honorarium for panelists, a master puppeteer performance during the residency window display opening, and materials for the residency. Be sure to RSVP now through our eventbrite link in the event details! 

December 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018 - 店面 Residency: Make & Film Shadow Puppet Workshop

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Join us to make your own shadow puppets, props, and short films for the W.O.W. Shadow Puppet Theater with 店面 Artist-in-Residence Emily Mock.

These events are FREE and all ages are welcome. Workshops will be taught in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. 
Our studio space fits around 10 people, so workshops will be on a first come first serve basis. Don't let that stop you from coming!

**All events are 5-7pm

SAT 1/6 Make & Film Shadow Puppets Wing On Wo & Co. (Basement studio)
SUN 1/7 Open Studios 1-5PM | Make & Film Shadow Puppets Wing On Wo & Co. (Basement studio)
SAT 1/13 Open Studios 5-9 PM Wing On Wo & Co. (Basement studio)
SUN 1/14 1-9 PM Wing On Wo & Co. (Basement studio)
TUES 2/13 Exhibition Opening (7-9PM) Wing On Wo & Co.
Shadow Puppet Theater workshops are centered around Chinatown and themes of sweeping out evil, building home and safety, and overcoming in 2018. This workshop series is part of the W.O.W. Project 店面 Residency with Artist–in–Residence, Emily Mock. Work created from these workshops will be incorporated into a month–long window display at the W.O.W. storefront which opens February 13, 2018. 

November 9, 2017 - Asian American Female Filmmaker Screening Series: Every Day is a Holiday Screening

Every Day Is a Holiday” is a 56-minute documentary film fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies. It is a story about Theresa’s father, Paul Loong, a war veteran, prisoner-of-war, and immigrant who takes a complicated path to U.S. citizenship. The film is made more dramatic by Theresa’s discovery of her father’s wartime diary. Theresa creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man fifty years her senior. The documentary explores the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and place themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.” Paul Loong talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. We see shots of New York’s Chinatown and discover why, despite much suffering, “Every Day Is a Holiday.”

THERESA LOONG  is a director who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences focused on memory, identity, and immigration through the use of film, games and apps. Her documentary, “Every Day Is a Holiday,” showed on over 200 public television stations. She consulted on digital storytelling games for “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” Theresa received distinction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been exhibited at Sala de Exposiciones, Teriennale di Milano, and Circulo de Bellas Artes. She is chairperson of The FilmShop, a film collective based in New York.

*This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.





September 17 - October 8, 2017

In terms of creative writing resources, Chinatown is and has always been brutally UNDERSERVED. The Chinatown Writer's Workshop is a way of 'giving back' to the Chinatown community.  The W.O.W Project x Henry Chang Chinatown Writer's Workshop supports aspiring writers in the Chinese American community who have proficient writing skills and a passion to share their untold stories. The workshop sought to encourage, mentor and shepard writing projects along over a four Sunday session period from September 17th - October 8th hosted in W.O.W's studio space.










June 15, 2017 - Asian American Female Filmmakers Panel

Similar to many other industries, the film industry has historically been dominated by not only white, but also male voices. Asian American female narratives and voices are often silenced and it’s clear that representation matters both in front of and behind the camera. What obstacles does being an Asian American female filmmaker create in a predominantly white and male film industry? We had a discusing with three Asian American female filmmakers, ManSee Kong, Ursula Liang & Theresa Loong, discussing how their race and gender intersect to inform their work and address their challenges working in the film business. This conversation was moderated by NYU film student and W.O.W short film director, Denise Zhou. PC: Eric Jenkins & Jamie Noh. 

Diane Wong, sharing oral histories she recorded and collected during her dissertation research in NYC's Chinatown.



May 31, 2017 - W.O.W Project 1 Year Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser

W.O.W hosted an evening of celebrations for the W.O.W Project's 1 Year Anniversary. The line-up included: 
- A reading with doctoral candidate, Diane Wong, who will share some oral histories she collected about the gentrification of Chinatowns across the U.S. 
- Official launch of the W.O.W Project's Anniversary Video
- Reveal of Cynonyc Chinatown Clothing Company's W.O.W 1 Year Anniversary sign

Mingling with the W.O.W Project community over drinks and snacks, we'll have our 1 Year Anniversary mechandise and Zine on sale! 

May 24, 2017 - Let's Talk Chinatown: Oral Histories of a Changing Neighborhood

Let's Talk Chinatown: Oral Histories of a Changing Neighborhood was a workshop in collaboration with the NYPL The New York Public Library's Chinatown Legacy Project. It engaged audience members in a conversation about the changes happening in New York City's Chinatown through an interactive panel discussion with residents, business owners, designers, artists, and activists. The conversation drew from interviews that were collected as part of the W.O.W Project's Oral History Collection in collaboration with independent researcher and doctoral candidate Diane Wong. We sat down with past interviewees to share their insight on the themes of: community activism, re-generation, economic development, & the history and future of Chinatown. 

Panelists included: Sophia Ng Executive Vice-President at Po Wing Hong Food Market Inc. 寶榮行, Jan Lee life-long resident of Chinatown and community activist, Betty Yu co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队, Lexton Moy of Cynonyc Chinatown Clothing Company, and many more. 
This workshop was facilitated by Diane Wong and Wing On Wo & Co.'s Mei Lum and is a part of the W.O.W Project's 1 year anniversary celebration programming for the month of May. A special thanks to Vipul G. Chopra for the beautiful flyer.



May 11, 2017 - Chinatown Storytelling Open Mic Night

We invited past participants of the 店面 Residency's Lunar New Year Red Envelope & Oral History Workshops as well as the public to come and join us for an evening of intergenerational storytelling in celebration of Chinatown stories. This event was part of a month of different programming in celebration of the W.O.W Project's one year anniversary in May.

March 26, 2017 - 店面 Residency: Artist Talk + Arts & Activism Roundtable


In December 2016, The W.O.W. Project launched its inaugural 店面 Artist Residency for the Lunar New Year. For the conclusion of the first storefront residency at Wing On Wo & Co., join Artist-in-Residence Melissa Liu and other artists, community organizers, and activists from the Chinatown and Asian American community for an afternoon of programming, hosted at Museum of Chinese in America.

2-4 PM: Roundtable on arts and activism in Asian American communities facilitated by Melissa Liu, 店面 Artist-in-Residence at W.O.W Project, featuring presentations from Tomie Arai (Chinatown Art Brigade,) Amy Weng (Asian 4 Black Lives), PJ Gubatina Policarpio, who will be joined by respondents Fei Moldier Liu, Emily Mock, and more TBA.

The roundtable on art and activism in Asian American communities will focus on the relationship between art and social change, gentrification, and bridging cultural and intergenerational gaps, as well as activism around Asian / Asian American representation in the arts. All are welcome to participate in the roundtable to share questions, challenges, and successes around using the arts as a way to organize or advance social justice and solidarity in Asian American communities. The roundtable will start with quick presentations from featured speakers who have used art or other innovative strategies to reach specific groups in order to address social justice issues and mobilize action with those in the Asian community, and open up for discussion around other political and aesthetic concerns and goals in doing this work.

5-6PM: 店面 Residency Artist Talk with Melissa Liu. Arts writer and curator Ryan Wong will discuss with Melissa her process and motivation behind her residency project "Chinatown Diaspora: Red Envelope Oral Histories," and her work as a cultural worker and organizer in the arts.

January 26, 2017 - 店面 Residency: Chinatown Diaspora Window Display Opening

As Wing On Wo.’s inaugural Lunar New Year 店面 Artist in Residence, Melissa Liu created a window installation that is filled with handmade red envelopes (紅包, known as lai see in Cantonese, hong bao in Mandarin) and short-form oral history responses collected from members of Asian Communities in New York City and beyond. In the weeks that led up to Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017), anyone identified with the Asian Diaspora celebrating the Lunar New Year was invited to participate in workshops organized by Melissa in collaboration with The W.O.W. Project, local artists, and community members and groups. Participants had the opportunity to design and make their own red envelopes, in which they placed a question to share with a family member or friend from an older generation and collect a written response from. Participants also received basic training on how to conduct an oral history interview within their community, and had a safe space to discuss issues that Asian communities face in today’s political moment.

Wing On Wo & Co.’s inaugural Lunar New Year 店面 Artist-in-Residence Melissa Liu held an opening launch of her window display project, and celebrated the Lunar New Year early with light snacks and drinks at the window display opening. Read more about the inaugural 店面 Residency here.

December 10, 2016 - Tough Times: Chinatown Women & the Struggle to Build Community

As with other Chinese diasporic communities across the globe, Manhattan's Chinatown has historically been dominated by men and male-run institutions.  On Saturday December 10th, join us as four women, early pioneers in Chinatown's business community, labor organizing and the arts and those continuing the struggle, come together in The W.O.W Project’s first public panel since the presidential election. 

Conceived as part history lesson and community strategy session, we envision this evening as a safe space and a space for reflection, regrouping and mobilization by those confounded by recent political developments.  This panel is part of a larger series of conversations about Chinatown in the hopes of nurturing and sustaining community.  Panelists will share their experiences working at various historical junctures and the lessons and strategies gleaned from those contentious times that may be helpful to us today.  The panel includes Ching Yeh Chen co-founder and owner of Pearl River MartMay Ying Chen union organizer who has devoted a career of more than 25 years to the garment workers’ union: Local 23-25 Workers United/SEIU, Cynthia Lee former VP of Exhibitions, Programs & Collections at the Museum of Chinese in America, who led the development of MOCA’s new core exhibition, “With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America,” and Sophia Ng Executive Vice-President at Po Wing Hong Food Market. The discussion will be moderated by cultural worker Lena Sze.


November 2016 - March 2017 - 店面 Residency

The W.O.W Project and China Residencies are teaming up to launch The 店面 Residency, a two-month residency in NYC's Chinatown to create storefront displays for Chinese New Year. 

Chinese New Year has always been a time when community members share in celebration of welcoming a prosperous and lucky new year. Storefronts (店面 in Chinese, pronounced diàn miàn in Mandarin and dinmin in Cantonese ) hang red banners with new year’s wishes, Chinese lanterns light up the streets, and families gather and watch the numerous groups of lion dancers perform. For the inaugural 店面 Residency, we are inviting artists from any discipline who proposes to make something new, exciting and festive for the year of the rooster.For more information on The 店面 Residency visit:

Wing On Wo & Co.'s 店面 storefront at 26 Mott Street

Photo credit: Evan Louis // Our five finalists posing with their designs.



October 8, 2016 - The Crate Wood Design Challenge Showcase

The W.O.W Project featured our five finalists and their designs created with our crate wood raw material and inspired by the W.O.W Project's community vision. The public was invited to view and interact with our finalists' work. The winner was chosen by showcase goers and determined by popular vote. 

Finalists included (top left to bottom right):

Angela Choi + her Chinatown-themed story board and interactive game, Juliet Phillips + her W.O.W Guestbook, Dan Ping He & Jeffrey Louie + their community bench and planter, Karen Beck + her W.O.W skateboard, and Morgan Cady-Lee & Ming Huang + their rickshaw mobile desk. 

Our finalists' pieces are on view at 26 Mott St. Come visit and see these amazing crate wood designs pieces!



July 30, 2016 - The Global Effects of Gentrification Roundtable with the Asia Society's U.S - China Dialogue Young Scholars Program

The W.O.W Project in collaboration with Diane Wong, doctoral candidate at Cornell University, hosted the Asia Society's U.S - China Dialogue Young Scholars for a round table discussion about the global effects of gentrification in Chinese communities. Mei and Diane facilitated the scholars through an exercise in deconstructing words and phrases associated with the term "gentrification."  Using New York City's rapidly changing Chinatown as a context for discussion, scholars were encouraged to share how they have seen their communities across China effected by increasing development.

Photo credit: Donna Karimi // Young scholars discuss how their communities in China have been effected by gentrification and development.

July 19, 2016 - In collaboration with The Chinatown Art Brigade 'Chinatown: New York's Newest Gallery Scene?' Panel

The W.O.W Project & Chinatown Art Brigade were happy to announce the second conversation in The W.O.W Project's summer series: Chinatown: New York’s Newest Gallery Scene? addressed the wave of galleries that have opened in NY Chinatown, dramatically transforming this historic enclave into NY’s latest arts district. Curators, local gallery owners, artists, arts practitioners and stakeholders had an opportunity to discuss these recent changes and share their vision for the cultural and economic landscape of the neighborhood.  Panelists included: Herb Tam, curator, Museum of Chinese in America, Michelle Maria Esteva, Chinatown Soup, and moderator Tomie Arai, artist member of the Chinatown Art Brigade. 


May 19, 2016(Re)Generation of Chinatown Panel

As the first event of the W.O.W Project Summer Series, this panel engaged second and third generation Chinese Americans who have chosen to either revive their family businesses or start their own businesses in Chinatown. We had a conversation about the role they play in shaping Chinatown's future, especially in the midst of rapid neighborhood changes. The discussion was moderated by Diane Wong, a doctoral candidate at Cornell University who writes on the intersections of race, gender, and the gentrification of Chinatowns across the country. Full video footage here.

Panelists included: Amy Li of Amy Li Projects, Chris Wong of Breakroom, Michael Tan of Eggloo, Tommy Leong & Cory Wong of Mott Street Cycles, Richard Tam of 10Below & Mei Lum of Wing on Wo & Co

F L Y E R S  // designed by artist, Juliet Phillips