Art for the Community: A Short History of Basement Workshop in New York

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."

A Part of the Movement and the Community

Chinese-American Workers: Past & Present - Present Workers' Conditions

Section 2: Present Workers' Conditions

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.

Asian American Students

from East Wind Vol. 2 No. 2 (Fall/Winter 1983)

by Eric Nakano

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.


By Sasha Hohri, Leon Sun and Eddie Wong
from East Wind Winter/Spring 1985

We are now in the middle of the 1980's, and it is becoming increasingly cleat that Asian American artists are facing critical challenges, not just in the realm of survival but of growth as well.


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