Resist Recycle Regenerate: Confetti Papermaking Workshop with Wing On Wo & Co
Resist Recycle Regenerate seeks to draw lessons from the history of racial discrimination and exclusion against our Chinese immigrant community in order to address today's exclusionary immigration policies. By drawing upon our collective past while reclaiming traditional cultural practices, we want to rekindle pride in our heritage while building women-centric intersectional and intergenerational solidarity. In fall 2017, we will launch into our year-long workshop series teaching six young women, ages 16-21, the crafts of papermaking and print making so that they may in turn lead workshops for the community throughout 2018. After the celebratory explosions of Lunar New Year fireworks in February 2018, together with a group of about 20-30 community volunteers, we will collect the discarded confetti fireworks – that are considered trash – to transform into paper pulp. This recycled paper will become the basis of the second part of the project, in which we will collaborate with Museum of Chinese in America to contextualize current political issues through the investigation of Chinatown's history. Chinatowns across the US are deeply shaped by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and were forced to adapt as various waves of Chinese immigration ebbed and flowed due to changing legislation that effected quotas on Asian immigrants.
Venue: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre St. Map