Resist Recycle Regenerate 2018-2019


Watch our recap of RRR 2018-2019! Directed by Eric Jenkins & edited by W.O.W. media intern Fanny Li.

RRR 2018-2019 Fellows

Angela Chan is fluent in Cantonese and English and loves learning new languages during her free time. Angela is excited to be part of RRR to have the opportunity to connect with her Asian roots while promoting the project’s mission through art making. She hopes to transfer the skills and knowledge she gains during her time as an RRR fellow to community activism efforts outside of Chinatown.

Bonnie Chen is a seventeen year old Asian-American student. She is interested in the intersection of public policy, international development, and studying East Asian culture. Bonnie’s aim to join RRR is to expand her role in the community as an activist and to learn more about how she can further use her skills to organize and help bridge the gap between different communities. Bonnie hopes that through RRR, she can both find her creative side in crafts as well as learning to grow through experiences and gaining a deeper understanding of her own heritage and values.  

Serena Yang is a high school senior from Queens and Singapore, where she was born. She is very interested in the intersection of art and social impact, and she joined RRR to try unfamiliar artmaking methods, learn about grassroots organizing, and expose herself to Asian American narratives that may not follow her own. She loves queer and WOC superheroes, slam poetry, and graphic design.

Lokyee Yan is a Chinese American high school senior. Although she is surrounded by her culture, she feels distant from it. By joining RRR, she hopes to regain that closeness to her culture again. Her interests include: drawing, singing, volleyball, and listening to music.

RRR 2018-2019 Leaders

Born in Bangkok, Ja Apimanee Bulsombut is a past fellow and current co-leader of RRR. She is passionate about sci-fi, martial arts and film. Her hopes for the future are getting into her dream school/graduate program for anthropology (Columbia!) and seeing RRR grow into a beautiful lineage of brilliant young Chinese American women.

Kristin Chang was born and raised in California. She first joined RRR as a fellow and is now a co-leader in the program’s second year.  She is excited to continue fostering a community and building an enduring lineage of young woman artists, leaders, activists, and storytellers. She is especially looking forward to expanding the program’s reach to elders and to LGBT+/queer communities through paper-making and other arts.

Jing Chen was born in Fuzhou and moved to New York City in 2009. As a Fellow last year, she felt a deeper connection with the Chinatown community after leading papermaking workshops and coordinating the 2018 Confetti Collection Event. This year, she proudly emerges as a Leader and hopes to continue her involvement with Chinatown. She is excited to meet new fellows, who, like her, hope to use papermaking and art to explore their heritage and resist gentrification.

Melody Mok is an Asian-American with a hispanic background. As a fluent speaker of 3 languages (Spanish, English,and Chinese), Melody has learned that one of the most essential factors in achieving success is the ability to understand different cultures and interact with different backgrounds. Melody has joined the RRR Project in hopes of re-immersing herself in Chinese culture and making a difference by supporting the W.O.W Project’s mission. Her interests include painting, fencing and swimming.

Final Projects

‘Mother’ By Serena Yang

“妈” explores migration, womanhood, and storytelling through an altered book format. The book is built upon the personal stories of my 妈, as understood and translated by me. It doesn’t seek to be biographical or exact. Rather, this project is a mapping of my mother’s stories and their importance to me as a daughter of diaspora and a young adult coming of age.”

“In the Eyes of a Daughter” by Angela Chan

In the Eyes of a Daughter centers memories of Chinatown through the perspective of both myself and my mother. Intertwining aspects of family history and our mother-daughter relationship, the book of memories shares my mother’s experiences working in Chinatown and my own reflections on what Chinatown has taught me. Despite the generation gap and difference in experiences, me and my mom still feel similarly connected to Chinatown.”

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