Getting Started Basement Workshop was started by a group of fellow urban planners and artists in 1971 on Elizabeth St. in New York Chinatown. It began with projects such as the Asian American Resource Center, which compiled information on Asian American communities, a magazine named Bridge, which was widely read, and a cultural publication called "Yellow Pearl."
Today, like immigrants of other nationalities, many Chinese people continue to leave Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other parts of the world to come to the U.S. in search of a better life. Yet once they arrive, racial and language barriers force thousands of Chinese to seek work in restaurants, garment factories, and other service industries in and around the overcrowded Chinese communities.
College - a time for learning, growth and struggle. Packed into four or five short years is the stuff that shapes the future of each new generation of Asian students. College is like an intensive preparatory course on life; hopes and aspirations are shaped, self-identity is molded, political views are crystallized, and commitments are forged.