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By Yvonne Lung My hands smell like fish today. I started to volunteer serving lunch on Thursdays at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (SBRM) when I started my residency here at Asian Arts Initiative, and two weeks ago I started to help out with food prep. I was interested in doing this because SBRM...
I have to confess that until I attended the Nakatani Gong Orchestra concert underneath the Reading Viaduct on First Friday, my knowledge of gongs was limited to museum displays, alarm clock ringtones, and a screaming Mushu in Mulan. This tells me a lot--about our limited interactions and...
How can you tell if a neighborhood is diverse? Realtors skirt questions and residents get uncomfortable, so there aren’t really easy solutions. But if you’re an interracial couple at a time when your marriage was just barely legal, you investigate this question by putting your own relationship on...
By Amy Xu On most days, I don’t give much thought to interracial relationships and mixed race families. This isn’t to say they are not important, but I think it says a little something about where we think we are today. Seeing people from different racial backgrounds in relationships isn’t that...
For people who love talking about books and making art, Asian Arts Initiative offered the opportunity to do both--at the same time!--this past Monday night. Asian Arts Initiative’s book group discussion and filming on the novel Kindred was led by artist Matt Kalasky, a Philadelphia-based designer...