During this season of celebrations and reflection, we offer our sincere thanks for your stories and your support, which enabled us to share the nourishment of community memory with the public in deep, meaningful ways that satisfy heart and mind. As we look forward to the New Year, we hope that you will consider sustaining Chinese Whispers by making a tax-deductible year end gift.
Your generosity will deepen our work in bringing to light the overlooked stories of the Chinese who helped build the American West, to counter historical amnesia and cultural erasure. Your support will allow us to bring this history to life to engage a cross-generational, cross-cultural, and cross-sector public, through our innovative multimedia storytelling presentations that inspire and inform.
2013 marked exciting developments in our creative programming and community partnerships. We started the year with our signature Chinese Whispers Lunar New Year Celebration, and brought in the year of the Water Snake with a magical afternoon of storytelling and poetry onboard the 1886 schooner Balclutha, in partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and featuring poet Genny Lim. We packed the house for The Legacy of Exclusion, presented in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, to tell of the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act on generations of Chinese American families. We also partnered with the San Francisco Chinatown YMCA on a series of Inter-generational Immigrant Workshops, to give voice to contemporary immigrants’ experiences. Themes and stories from these workshops will become part of the full theater production of Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate, to connect past and present in the ongoing immigrant story in this nation built by immigrants.
We are delighted to begin a new research and transmedia art project, Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles, to explore the forgotten Chinese maritime history around San Francisco Bay, in an exciting development of our collaboration with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. We will retrace this overlooked history through sailings on the Park’s replica 19th century Chinese shrimp junk, chronicle the journeys through an interdisciplinary team of artists, ecologists, and a maritime historian and archaeologist, and create a transmedia art installation at the Park’s Visitor’s Center in 2015.
We are committed to nourishing community understanding of our past, and inspiring positive changes for our future, through a unique blend of authenticity, depth and creativity. This labor-intensive work is made possible by great dedication from our team, and essential support from our funders and the growing CW community. Your donation, large or small, is crucial in enabling us to continue our innovations in heritage stewardship, and will help build a sustainable collective memory.
On behalf of everyone empowered and nourished by our community stories, thank you.
Artistic and Founding Director
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Chinese WhispersSM is a research and community storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the railroads, mines, and settlements of the American West. It includes place-based multimedia productions that engage local communities in recounting local stories, innovative public engagement programming, and development of an interactive online mapping platform that brings together research, geography, and storytelling. Visit chinese-whispers.org for more information.
Chinese WhispersSM is supported in part by the Creative Work Fund, California Council for the Humanities, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Center for Cultural Innovation, and individual donors like you.
CW Partners include the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco Chinatown YMCA, Center for Sierra Nevada Studies, Chinese Historical Society of America, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Shaping San Francisco, Friends of China Camp, OpenShow, & Placer Arts Council, with special thanks to Malcom Margolin and Heyday. Chinese WhispersSM is a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists.