We're very happy to have our stories and photos from Los Angeles' Chinatown in this latest WAPOW / 華報, a collaborative community-based service learning project in LA Chinatown that engages a multigenerational team of contributors to produce and distribute a bilingual print quarterly. Issue 5 is focused on the idea of home. You can download the whole magazine here.
going gray in la
Many thanks to the LA County Library team at the AC Bilbrew branch yesterday who exhibited our project "Going Gray in LA" and took it as a jumping off point to record the histories of local elders, including Ms. Ruby Jones (third from left) who just turned 100 a couple of weeks ago.
Bear's images from our 2016 project, "Going Gray in LA," are up at the LA County AC Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90061.
They exhibit will stay inside the community room until the end of August. Stay tuned for events! And for more on our project about older adults' lives, go here.
"It’s Friday morning. As has been his custom for almost three decades, Miguel Natividad Borrayo is dressed in white, from his T-shirt to his shoes, to honor those imprisoned for challenging the Castro regime—men like him, who spent seventeen years doing hard labor.
“White symbolizes peace,” says Miguel. “It’s how I protest.” But there was nothing peaceful about what got him in trouble to begin with. Back in 1961, he was a thirty-two-year-old career officer in the Cuban Navy. He’d been a staunch supporter of US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista until Fidel Castro’s successful guerrilla uprising in 1959."
Read and view the photos of our essay for Virginia Quarterly Review here.
Following Broadway, an 18-mile avenue that cuts through the working-class heart of Los Angeles, last year we journeyed from Lincoln Heights, into Chinatown, through Downtown, and on to South LA to find out how our city is changing and what makes life worth living — as we grow old in Los Angeles. This photo exhibit will live at the first floor galleries of the LA Public Library downtown from October 6, 2017 until January 25, 2018. Free and open to all ages!
More on the exhibit here.