Xu Tan comments on Social Botany, his 2016 exhibition with CCCSF that explored community and social movements through an analysis of personal history, power structures, and cultural traditions — focusing on three local arts-activists: Roy Chan, Francis Wong, and Kayan Cheung-Miaw.
Lecture performance on the history and significance of comfort women by curator and artist Nine Yamamoto. “The absent image… and through its absence, its many ghostly presences.”
Thoughts on psychoanalysis, the unconscious, and the work of Summer Meiling Lee. “Lee seems to be repurposing memory to become a sort of intuition, repurposing the opaque to become the ephemeral.”
Gingee, a Filipina DJ who uses indigineous Filipino instruments and hip-hop to create world beat music, speaks about headlining the 2016 Chinatown Music Festival and issues of cultural appropriation.
Li Maizi, Chinese feminist and queer activist who was detained by the Chinese government, speaks about her experience and politics.
Chinese Culture Center Research Fellow, Victor Liu, had the unique opportunity to speak with Ray Yeung, the gay, Chinese filmmaker behind Front Cover.
From “A Special Reading by Poet Yu Xinqiao 俞心樵,” the dissident poet Yu Xinqiao’s opening address, glowing with the incendiary fire of political dissent as well as the golden light of an abiding love of language.