Resist Recycle Regenerate 反对-回收-再生


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About Resist Recycle Regenerate 反对-回收-再生

Resist Recycle Regenerate is a youth program that seeks to intersect art and activism through building women-centric leadership within the Chinatown community. RRR’s youth mentorship program model promotes young women as leaders and role models to inspire growth and leadership development in their peers through artmaking. Former fellows can become program leaders, mentoring and guiding the next cohort of younger fellows.

The program is organized into three main phases: in the first phase, former fellows teach the incoming cohort how to make paper out of recycled confetti collected during the annual Lunar New Year Parade. Every year, RRR invites volunteers to help collect discarded confetti fireworks, engaging the community to join in the process of recycling confetti into new creative materials. The first phase also consists of inviting guest artists to teach various artmaking skills (such as paper-cut and calligraphy) so that fellows can reclaim cultural practices and artmaking in a women-led space.

In the second phase of the program, the program leaders teach the current fellows how to facilitate and lead papermaking workshops for the community. In the past, we have conducted fellow-led workshops for seniors (Henry St. Settlement’s Abrons Art Center), LGBT+ organizations (Q-Wave), and other community institutions (Museum of Chinese in the Americas).

The third phase of the program synthesizes the skills, experiences, and interests that have been fostered throughout the year. Program leaders guide the current cohort through the process of creating final projects that incorporate the handmade confetti paper and apply the artmaking skills learned during the first phase of the program. These projects engage with themes of personal and collective migration stories, Chinatown history, daughterhood, and diasporic belonging. Fellows have the opportunity to share and discuss their projects with the community by displaying their work in the store during the final showcase. The showcase provides a space for the fellows and program leaders to collectively reflect on their growth and development as artists, young leaders, and community members who are invested in the past, present, and future of Chinatown.


 

A beautiful video summarizing our second cohort of Resist Recycle Fellows' 10 month journey at the W.O.W. Project. Directed by Eric Jenkins and edited by W.O.W. media intern Fanny Li.


 

ABOUT the Resist Recycle Regenerate Founders

  

Mei Lum is the fifth-generation owner of her family’s 94-year-old porcelain ware business and the oldest operating store in New York City's Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W). In early 2016, her family’s building and business was on the brink of sale. In an effort to resist against contributing to the process of gentrification in Chinatown, Mei decided to take on the role of running W.O.W to continue her family’s five-generation-long legacy in the neighborhood and help protect the heart of Chinatown from encroaching gentrifying forces. Since May 2016, Mei has been working to bring community members’ concerns of a rapidly changing Chinatown into a space for dialogue through her work with The W.O.W Project, a community initiative reclaiming ownership over Chinatown's future by reviving, protecting and encouraging Chinatown's creative culture through arts, culture and activism. Mei was a National Art Strategies’ Creative Community Fellow in 2017 and is currently a Metropolitan Museum of the Arts Civic Practice Seminar Fellow.

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Juliet Phillips, artist & graphic designer, is a practicing and teaching artist from Brooklyn, NY whose work follows a narrative that winds its way through painting, papermaking, animation, illustration and installation. She has taught a wide range of artmaking methods such as printmaking, animation, story-telling, mixed media and papermaking to children of all ages at museums, non-profit community art spaces and workshops. Juliet’s work can be seen here: jrp.cool


Resist Recycle Regenerate 2019-2020 Fellows

Sophia Chok is a first generation American Malaysian high school senior. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and loves learning new languages and cultures. She hopes to learn more and explore her own identity, while contributing to the Chinatown community through art activism as an RRR fellow. Her interests range from wrestling on a team to studying Native American history to coding a website.

Cynthia Qian is currently a junior at Hunter College High School. She is excited to familiarize herself with my Asian roots and learn to be a proud Chinese American. Something that has always helped tie her back to her culture is playing the Chinese harp. Cynthia really love music in general and she hope that she can further connect to her heritage through art in the RRR program.


Resist Recycle Regenerate 2018-2019 Fellows

 
 

Angela Chan is fluent in Cantonese and English and loves learning new languages during her free time. Angela is excited to be part of RRR to have the opportunity to connect with her Asian roots while promoting the project’s mission through art making. She hopes to transfer the skills and knowledge she gains during her time as an RRR fellow to community activism efforts outside of Chinatown.

Bonnie Chen is a seventeen year old Asian- American student. She is interested in the intersection of global health and international affairs as well as studying East Asian culture. Bonnie’s aim to join RRR is to expand her role in the community as an activist and to learn more about how she can further use her skills to organize and help bridge the gap between different communities. Bonnie hopes that through RRR, she can both find her creative side in crafts as well as learning to grow through experiences and gaining a deeper understanding of her own heritage and values.   

Serena Yang is a high school senior from Queens and Singapore, where she was born. She is very interested in the intersection of art and social impact, and she joined RRR to try unfamiliar artmaking methods, learn about grassroots organizing, and expose herself to Asian American narratives that may not follow her own. She loves queer and WOC superheroes, slam poetry, and graphic design.

Lokyee Yan is a Chinese American high school senior. Although she is surrounded by her culture, she feels distant from it. By joining RRR, she hopes to regain that closeness to her culture again. Her interests include: drawing, singing, volleyball, and listening to music.

Learn more about our second cohort of Resist Recycle Fellows' 10 month journey at the W.O.W. Project by watching this video directed by Eric Jenkins and edited by 2019 W.O.W. media intern Fanny Li.

 

Resist Recycle Regenerate 2018-2019 Program leaders

 

Born in Bangkok, Ja Apimanee Bulsombut is a past fellow and current co-leader of RRR. She is passionate about sci-fi, martial arts and film. Her hopes for the future are getting into her dream school/graduate program for anthropology (Columbia!) and seeing RRR grow into a beautiful lineage of brilliant young Chinese American women.

Kristin Chang was born and raised in California. She first joined RRR as a fellow and is now a co-leader in the program's second year.  She is excited to continue fostering a community and building an enduring lineage of young woman artists, leaders, activists, and storytellers. She is especially looking forward to expanding the program's reach to elders and to LGBT+/queer communities through paper-making and other arts. 

Jing Chen was born in Fuzhou and moved to New York City in 2009. As a Fellow last year, she felt a deeper connection with the Chinatown community after leading papermaking workshops and coordinating the 2018 Confetti Collection Event. This year, she proudly emerges as a Leader and hopes to continue her involvement with Chinatown. She is excited to meet new fellows, who, like her, hope to use papermaking and art to explore their heritage and resist gentrification. 

Melody Mok is an Asian-American with a hispanic background. As a fluent speaker of 3 languages (Spanish, English,and Chinese), Melody has learned that one of the most essential factors in achieving success is the ability to understand different cultures and interact with different backgrounds. Melody has joined the RRR Project in hopes of re-immersing herself in Chinese culture and making a difference by supporting the W.O.W Project's mission. Her interests include painting, fencing and swimming.

 

Second Year Fellows’ Final Projects

 

‘Mother’ By Serena Yang

“妈” explores migration, womanhood, and storytelling through an altered book format. The book is built upon the personal stories of my , as understood and translated by me. It doesn't seek to be biographical or exact. Rather, this project is a mapping of my mother's stories and their importance to me as a daughter of diaspora and a young adult coming of age.”

 
 
 

“In the Eyes of a Daughte” by Angela Chan

“In the Eyes of a Daughter centers memories of Chinatown through the perspective of both myself and my mother. Intertwining aspects of family history and our mother-daughter relationship, the book of memories shares my mother's experiences working in Chinatown and my own reflections on what Chinatown has taught me. Despite the generation gap and difference in experiences, me and my mom still feel similarly connected to Chinatown.”


Resist Recycle Regenerate 2017-2018 Fellows

 

 

 

Ja Bulsombut  is a Thai-Chinese student from Bangkok. She is currently studying cultural studies at Sarah Lawrence College and is very passionate about film & poetry. She also paints. Ja joined the RRR project because she wanted to get more involved with the Chinatown community in Manhattan, especially with a grassroots organization like W.O.W. She is also interested in learning how to make paper and print.

 

 

 

Born and raised in California, Kristin Chang studies literature and ethnic studies at Sarah Lawrence. She first joined RRR as a fellow and is now a co-leader in the program's second year. She aims to connect with her lineage, incorporate ideas of resistance/migration/cultural ancestry in her writing and art, and connect with a community of passionate art-makers and activists. Her interests include spoken word poetry, comics, and martial arts films.

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Jing Chen is an immigrant from Fuzhou, China. Jing decided to join the RRR Project primarily due to the many problems Chinese Americans are facing nowadays in the United States. Jing wants to contribute to the Asian American community as well as explore more aspects of Chinese culture that she might not have been aware of prior to joining the RRR Project team.

 

 

 

 

Melody Mok is an Asian-American with a hispanic background. As a fluent speaker of 3 languages (Spanish, English,and Chinese), Melody has learned that one of the most essential factors in achieving success is the ability to understand different cultures and interact with different backgrounds. Melody has joined the RRR Project in hopes of re-immersing herself in Chinese culture and making a difference by supporting the W.O.W Project's mission. Her interests include painting, fencing and swimming.

 

 

 

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Lily Tang is a seventeen year old Chinese-American who has lived in Chinatown her whole life. Lily's interests are photography, film, design and literature. She joined the RRR Project because she thought it was a great way to incorporate her love for arts & crafts while contributing to the community that she loves. Lily also looks forward to learning as much as she can about every aspect of Asian-American history and culture because it is something she wants to major in in college.


First Year Fellow's Final Projects

 
 

Words for the Afterlife by Kristin Chang and Ja Bulsombut.

Click here to watch Kristin and Ja's accompanying short film

 
 

Inherited: a collection of childhood stories by Jing Chen

 

Grandmother's Recipies by Lily Tang

 

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Resist Recycle Regenerate’s first year was made possible in part by the Asian Women Giving Circle and with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

We are so thrilled to have the support of the New York Women’s Foundation and Open Meadows Foundation in making our second year of Resist Recycle Regenerate a reality.