Bridging Futures

September - June

Bridging Futures is an intergenerational archiving project connecting Chinatown movement elders with a youth cohort to draw lessons from the Civil Rights era. Through community discussions and workshops engaging the now-defunct Chinatown-based art publication, Bridge Magazine, the cohort will explore international solidarity and decolonial futures for our Asian-American activism.

A commitment to being a part of this cohort includes the following:

  • Commitment for the full 10 month program (September 2021 - June 2022)
  • Age range: 18-30 years old
  • Priority given to Chinatown-based and NYC-based women, non binary, trans, queer Asian Americans
  • Interest in cultivating an art practice (drawing, photography, writing, film, multimedia etc.)  
  • Each participant will receive a stipend of $600
Meet our Bridging Futures 2022 Cohort: Ying Situ, Celia Le, Kim Savarino, Helen Yang, Hua Xi, and Lynn Huynh!

Ying Situ is an educator and organizer based in Queens. She loves writing, going on long walks, and getting really close to bodies of water. You can usually find her in Chinatown or Flushing, two places she holds close to her heart. Ying is most excited to join the Bridging Futures cohort because she is looking forward to growing deep community relationships and revisiting the bridge we're walking on as Asian Americans to a future free of prison bars, where all the people we love are thriving!

Celia Bùi Lê is a senior at Columbia University studying East Asian Studies and Linguistics as well as the Vietnamese Translator for The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project. Currently, she is exploring the connection between Vietnamese French colonial art and the Surrealist movement through multimedia. Her visual essay, “Race, Nation, and Identity: A Look At Ethnic Minorities and the Nation-State,” has just been published in The Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s 2021 issue of The Reed. In Celia’s free time, she enjoys making various types of pandan cakes. She is excited to join the Bridging Futures cohort to look at art through an intersectional and decolonial lens.

Kim Savarino 譚金美 is a mixed race Chinese-Italian-American performer and choreographer. She has created performance works in spaces ranging from traditional stages to concrete backlots, and (once) an old bathroom in a former mental hospital. Her work weaves together folklore and movement, and has received support from MANCC’s Forward Dialogues lab, the EstroGenius Festival, and the WV Dance Festival. Recent performance highlights include a Broadway lab choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, an Italian “spectacle” directed by Romeo Castellucci, and playing the prophetess Cassandra in Andrei Serban’s revival of The Trojan Women. She's performed with artists including Jawole Zollar, Dan Safer, and Emily Johnson/CATALYST, played multiple roles in the long-running immersive experience Then She Fell, and is a proud member of Third Rail Projects and La MaMa's Great Jones Rep. Kim supports artists through work with the MAP Fund and co-organizes an ongoing meetup of Asian artists, activists, and organizers. She was a 2018 Dance/USA DILT mentee and previously served as co-chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. Kim studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and is in training at the Terry Knickerbocker acting studio. She grew up in Los Angeles and West Virginia.

helen yang, originally orbiting between china and the southern united states, is putting roots down in manhattan as she fully leans into her adult life. she is dedicated to understanding history, labor organizing, and exploring the ways we can collectively care—for each other and ourselves—while living under capitalism. she spends her free time reading, skating, tending to her plants, playing super smash bros, making zines, and is always on the search for the best jasmine tea. she is over the moon to join the inaugural BF cohort so she can build camaraderie, create, and cultivate growth for her organizing and her learning.

Hua Xi is a writer and artist. Their poems have been published in The Nation, Electric Lit and Boston Review. They are so excited to join the Bridging Futures cohort to connect with elders about how to be an activist today including all its complicated questions. 

Lynn Huynh is a writer exploring food, race, and design in the city, particularly paying attention to how these conditions shape the Asian American community. Her scholarship, creative practice, and aspirations are grounded in the idea that we must (and can) radically reimagine and rebuild a world made for us. She's looking forward to the acts of knowledge-building and preserving Asian-American activist histories while working with Chinatown elders. She's also excited to support her Bridging Futures peers in their endeavors as well!

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