2016 OCA National Convention
Westin Jersey City Newport | Jersey City, New Jersey
A History of the Chinese Diaspora – Hexaptych
Friday, July 22 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Speakers Corky Lee & Chee Wang Ng
History is written by the victors and it is written and rewritten daily. This workshop is designed to afford the audience new lenses in examining and understanding significant cultural markers in trivial relics and artifacts of our past for the purpose of readdressing history. This quick fun crash course uses an updated perspective in looking at and dissecting the whitewashed Chinese American history in six color-coded tableaux. Through giving the audience more questions than answer in seeing history in a visual friendly approach of understand beyond the blind vernacular, the newly acquired "self-discover history” will facilitate the audience with a foundation in mapping and charting their own future trajectory.
About the Speakers
Corky Lee is a self-taught photographer who has been documenting the vibrant fast emerging Asian Pacific American community for over 45 years. He is commonly known as the "undisputed, unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate" for ubiquitously covering the daily lives of Asian Pacific Americans and in various moments in American history.
Mr. Lee's images have been widely exhibited in both private and public venues from Johnson & Johnson to UCLA. More recently, by the Smithsonian APA Center and the Beijing National Museum of Overseas Chinese. He considers himself, an "ABC (American Born Chinese) from NYC" and has been a lifelong resident of Queens. He has vowed to continue to educate through his medium of choice, one photograph at a time to change attitudes of mainstream America.
Chee Wang Ng | Rhode Island School of Design
Chee Wang Ng latest work not only express the Chinese diaspora identity but also readdressing the Chinese diaspora history as a form of empowerment in charting the future trajectory. Ng contemporary visual art includes photography, sculpture, video, and installation covering from different subjects and issues from the "First Greetings" to the "Last Rites" with fundamentally all points in between. Between his lectures in colleges and universities in the US, and his site-specific installations, Ng’s work has been exhibited internationally and across the U.S. with features, interviews, and reviews in different media including The New York Times, Nueva, Luz, and Hyperallergic. The stills of his video was chosen as the cover art of the book “Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China: Communities and Cultural Production” by the University of Hong Kong and published by the University of British Columbia Press. Ng’s research based global understanding of how international culture grows, progresses, and flourishes with an insightful examining at first hand primary source materials within the knowing context. His lyrical embrace of humanity is best shown in his “September 11th Memorial Installation: Red, White, Blue,” while his video “108 Global Rice Bowls” embodies not only the spiritual essence of Buddhism but also the metaphysical consciousness of the global Chineseness. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ng lives and works in New York City. He studied Liberal Arts at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA and earned his BFA in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI.