Inside a storefront, with a banner that says "in the future our Asian femme, queer, and trans community is safe."

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Empty Chinatown Storefront Becomes a Community Tribute

Through art installations, oral histories, documents, and personal objects, Archive as Memorial touches on themes including mutual aid, community care, the movement for Black Lives, and anti-Asian violence. Arai and Diane Wong thought of the exhibition as an opportunity to show the community selections from the A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project, which brought together AAPI cultural workers, oral historians, educators, and activists to document the pandemic’s impact on Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities in New York and across the US from 2020 through 2022. 

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