Join CHSA on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 11:30-3pm for “The Outer Sunset: Where Home Is,” presented as part of CHSA’s new exhibit Chinese in the Sunset, a project about the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco’s outer Sunset District. Chinese in the Sunset illuminates the history of racial restrictions preventing Chinese and other people of color from living in the Sunset, how the 1960’s civil rights movement and subsequent legislation removed the restrictions, how social attitudes changed, and how different perspectives within the community has led the Outer Sunset to become a vibrant community today.
“The Outer Sunset: Where Home Is” will showcase an adaptation of Lenora Lee’s work “Within these Walls”. After Lenora’s performance, there will be a short presentation by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) on immigrants’ right and the resources that are available. CHSA will also lead historically-focused walking tours of the Sunset neighborhood. Lastly, CHSA is proud to partner with Elaine Chu, a muralist born and raised in San Francisco. Elaine will lead a community mural that will depict and showcase the Chinese American experience in the Outer Sunset.
The exhibit was made possible by a grant from Supervisor Katy Tang’s Office and supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Public Library History Center, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, Western Neighborhoods Project, Recreation and Parks Department, and contributions from donors within the Sunset community.
This event is sponsored by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, San Francisco Bay Chapter. ocanational.org
About the presenters:
Lenora Lee is a dancer, choreographer, producer and artistic director for the past 20 years producing work in San Francisco, Los Angeles and NYC. Lenora’s work incorporates various styles of movement and music to culture, history, and human rights issues which are inspired by individual stories as well as community strength.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States.
Elaine Chu was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from School of the Arts High School and went on to study painting and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. After graduating she spent many years traveling and living in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Missouri. During her experiences she met many artists and friends that have influenced her work today. honed her skills as a muralist through her involvement with Precita Eyes Muralists and aims to use her work as a way to bring a group of people to agree on one unified vision in a monumental scale. She also runs a collaborative called Twin Walls Mural Company with her best friend and fellow muralist Marina Perez-Wong. Together they want to share their love of bright color and realism with the world while holding down a strong Asian American Women influence in the street art world.