Whitney has always defined herself by her two worlds - Asia and America. To explore and better understand her intersectional identity, she’s spent her high school years interacting with her Chinese-American community, whether that be through serving on the Neighborhood Advisory Board, or through visits to special exhibits at the Museum of Chinese in America! Though she has always been tied to Chinatown, her interest in Chinatown was piqued by a term paper she wrote, which explored the sensationalization of early Chinatowns by the white media. The W.O.W. Project provides a space for her to explore the story of Chinatown further.
Jenni is a proud Chinatown local! She loves being a part of the W.O.W. Project and can't wait to engage with people of all ages, languages, and histories about the future of Chinatown. She is inspired by the Chinatown residents who came before her, without whose strength and resiliency Chinatown would not be the vibrant cultural enclave it is today. She loves acting and filmmaking, and will always keep fighting for the day that Asians, as well as other minorities, are accurately represented in the media.
Michelle Lee is from Two Bridges, which is right outside of Chinatown. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Film & TV Production at NYU Tisch planning to double major in economics or Asian American studies. Since she's a first generation kid, her connection with Chinatown and its residents feels like a huge part of her identity. She is thrilled to be a part of a project that stands so strongly for growth and community.
Pearl is currently a junior at Hunter College High School and although she lives in Queens, she is passionate about her second home in Chinatown. In the last year, she has been trying to find new ways in which to be more actively involved within the community. This included interning at the TRC, which was an eye opening experience into topics she is now interested in learning about, such as the spread and effects of gentrification. She was drawn to the W.O.W Project for various reasons, but in particular, the idea of being a part of intergenerational conversations about the changes occurring within Chinatown was so exciting. Through being a part of the W.O.W project, she hopes to not only give back to the community she grew up in a more tangible way, but to also be able to get her peers to become interested in talking about the intricate, complex, and beautiful environment of Chinatown.
Donna hails from the lovely Woodside Queens. She is excited to be a part of The W.O.W Project and knows she will learn a lot and take part in something wonderful! As a child of immigrants, she understands the importance of building a strong community and preserving culture in ethnic neighborhoods. She is currently studying a variety of subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and has a great interest in creative writing and film.
Jamie is a third/second generation Korean-American from Yorkville but has spent a lot of her childhood exploring the streets of Chinatown. She is a recent graduate of the Brearley School and will be attending Brandeis University in the fall, where she plans on pursuing subjects like Chinese and sociology as well as activities like the varsity fencing team and social justice oriented organizations. She decided to join the W.O.W Project to learn more about the history of ethnic enclaves and their relationships to gentrification in New York City. One thing she has particularly enjoyed about working at W.O.W is seeing and learning about how grassroots organizing is maintained and developed!