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From Roots to Sky: A Writing Tour of Los Angeles Chinatown and Little Tokyo

  • Chinese American Museum 425 N Los Angeles St Los Angeles (map)

What does it mean to walk and write alongside/within Asian American histories in Los Angeles? How can we connect this to present-day social justice struggles? We invite you to live these questions on a social justice walking and writing (and a bit of snacking) tour spanning Chinatown and Little Tokyo, both home to many sites that have informed and transformed Asian American activism. Starting with the exhibit Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s at the Chinese American Museum, we’ll retrace this history of art and protest through discussion and poetry, putting our bodies where they were, and connecting all of it to ongoing struggles today.

Bring a notebook and pen, because guest poets and community members will lead us in writing our own new work inspired by each stop. We'll stop at sites where movement organizers formed collective daycare centers and film workshops, fought redevelopment, and took to the streets in direct actions. After the walk, all participants are invited to share what they have learned and written over a communal meal in Little Tokyo.

Led by Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Frances Huynh, and King Cheung. Organized by Kenji C. Liu and Muriel Leung and co-sponsored by Kundiman SoCal.