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Joy on Joice Street Fair
October 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Chinese Historical Society of America is partnering with community arts organization Cut Fruit Collective to host the first-ever Joy On Joice Street Fair, on Saturday, October 16, 11AM to 4PM. Joy On Joice provides space within San Francisco Chinatown to uplift Asian Pacific Islander creativity, community, and joy and invite the broader Bay Area to join together in solidarity. The street fair will host AAPI makers, community organizations, performers, and artists while also bringing attention to supporting the small businesses across San Francisco Chinatown.
- Yunfei Ren, a San Francisco-based visual artist that works with the photographic medium. His work critically investigates identity and the notion of belonging. Through photography, he presents identities as fluid and diverse in the context of citizenship, sexuality, and cultural polarization. He will be presenting his work in progress, “Ghosts of Chinatown.”
- Alex Ramos is a photographer based out of Oakland who developed a fascination for railroads at an early age that paved the foundation for his photographic technique and many of his projects. His interest in the Western U.S. has led him to further investigate historically significant areas and culturally relevant themes. He has been working on an ongoing series about the Chinese laborers who built the transcontinental railroad, as well collecting artifacts from this time. The series made inside of historic Tunnel #6, known as “Summit Tunnel” on Donner Pass, along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, memorializes the work of the Chinese laborers who constructed the 1,659-foot tunnel, as it is seen today.
- Artivate, a non-profit organization bringing multidisciplinary art experiences to marginalized communities in San Francisco, will offer silk screening designing on the premises.
- Vita Hewitt and weaver Travis Meinolf will provide cyanotypes and sepia prints that consist of a series of images and passages from literature that contain Asian stereotypes (e.g., Dr. Seuss). These will be shredded into long strips, after which people will be invited to weave them onto the loom.
- LOTUS BOY (they, he, & sometimes she) is a shapeshifting, transgender, Chinese American drag king currently based in occupied Muwekma Ohlone Land (San Jose, CA). He uses his art to explore the performance of gender as well as channel messages from his ancestors and his Highest Self about anger, healing, and hope. With every performance, they hope to help you learn or unlearn something, and/or to make you laugh. In 2019, LOTUS BOY was honored to be a Mentoring Artist for the inaugural Queer & Asian Performing Artist Residency at San Jose State University. Most recently, LOTUS BOY was named Runner Up of the 2021 San Francisco Drag King Competition. LOTUS BOY is a featured artist of the inaugural THEYFRIEND Non-Binary Performance Artist Festival, premiering at the Brava Theatre’s Cabaret November 18 & 19, 2021.
- Chinatown Pretty: No one quite captures AAPI Joy in the way that the sartorial blog and iconic book Chinatown Pretty does. Author Valerie Luu will join Joy On Joice for a book signing from 11AM-1PM. Purchase a copy on site or bring your own! 👗👘🥻👖🧥👒
Makers + Vendors
Jennifer Zee, Bloody Girl Gang, Loyale Studio x Modern Theory Candles, Lunaria Flower Farm, This Asian American Life, Hachi Bit, Neko-Oi, pot & shrooms, CLUB CHAZU, Jasivyc.eramics, Ximaps, LaanMao, The Ponnery, Prints by Paulina , Lotus Haus Studio, W House SF, One Belly, SAMAAJ, Nana Esguerra, Drawwithkristi, Studio Xu, RE/Search and Search&Destroy
COVID Protocols* – All attendees are required to:
- Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 if age 12+ (physical vaccination card, a photo of their vaccination card, or a digital vaccine record, and a valid ID for those 18+)
- Wear a mask
- Stay home if sick or show any symptoms associated with COVID-19
*Requirements are subject to change
Joy On Joice will be held on outside the CHSA museum on Joice Street between Sacramento Street and Clay Street. For more information, visit Cut Fruit Collective and CHSA.