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New York City is home to the largest Chinese population outside of Asia, and more Chinese-Americans and Chinese immigrants live in Queens than any other borough. Now, a new Queens Library partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will help us preserve the stories, traditions, and cultural contributions of the Chinese community in New York and share them with the rest of the city.

As part of this project, Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers, Queens Library and MOCA will hold a series of programs through October 2016 where members of the Chinese community can tell their stories and have them preserved digitally for library and museum archives while sharing Chinese art, crafts, music, movies, and more with their fellow New Yorkers.

Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment of the Humanities. 

To get updates on upcoming Living Memory programs, Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter

All Flushing Programs

Flushing Community LIbrary
41-17 Main Street
718-661-1200

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Artworks by Lu Cui Ling
June 2 - June 30

View the artwork exhibition by Lu Cui Ling through June. Lower Level.

Author Talk and Poetry Reading by Mr. Keqiang Ruan
Saturday, June 11
10:30 a.m.

During this event, Mr. Keqiang Ruan will share his thoughts, experience and insights on writing Chinese poetry. His latest book, a collection of poems, "What the Plants Do at Night" has recently been published in Mainland China. IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor. 

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Beauty of Guqin
Saturday, June 11
2:00 p.m.

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The Guqin, or "ancient stringed instrument," is also called "the father of Chinese music." Members of the New York Guqin Association will introduce the audience to the history and repertoire of the instrument and perform some famous pieces. For more information in English and Chinese, call 718-990-8569. IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor. 

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Monday Movie Matinee: Wolf Totem (2015)
Monday, June 13
1:30 p.m.

In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world. Rated PG-13. Auditorium.

Chinese America Calligraphy Association Lecture Series

Saturday, June 18

2:30 p.m.

The essences and appreciation of Chinese painting by Dongsheng Lu. This lecture will explore the essences of Chinese painting and discuss how to appreciate Chinese arts. Mr. Lu will also talk about the relationships between the Chinese painting and Chinese scholars, poetry, and calligraphy. IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor. 

 

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Uncle Yao's Chorus & The Colors of the Wind Dance Group

Sunday, June 19

2:00 p.m.

 

Chinese folk songs performance and opera arias in solos, duets and full chorus. Auditorium.

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Wang Xiaoqing Yangqin (Dulcimer) Solo Performance Presented by Sino-America Ensemble

Thursday, June 23

2:00 p.m.

Ms. Wang will bring some traditional Chinese musicals to the stage, performing a unique musical instrument Yangqin. Auditorium.

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Su Donghe Exhibition

July 7 - July 30

 

Mr. Su Donghe is a famous calligrapher and specialized in art of seal carving. He brings some of his best artistic works to the exhibit and shares them with the local community. Lower Level.

Author Talk: Wang Anyi and Her Writing

Sunday, June 26

1:00 p.m.

Ms. Wang Anyi, one of the most prominent contemporary writers in China, will talk about her writing. Ms. Wang currently is a Professor in Fudan University, Shanghai, and chairs the Writers Association of Shanghai. She is also the Vice-Chairman of Chinese National Writers Association. Her works have been translated to a dozen languages. Auditorium.

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Song of Summer Presented by I Yue Salon Show

Saturday, July 9

2:00 p.m.

 

Local artists and song lovers presents songs of Chinese traditional feature and Western style in a variety of forms such as sole, dual and group. Auditorium.

 

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Living Memory: Chinese Author Talk by Frank Chen

Saturday, July 16

11:00 a.m.

Frank Chen, the well-known Chinese writer living in New York, will discuss the writing background and impact of one of his novels, "Otter Street Anecdotes," which tells a story of how a Chinese American family survived during the "Chinese Exclusion Act" in the 19th century in the Lower Manhattan New York. IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor.

"Love Our Neighbors" - "Clean Up Day" Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, Inc. (CCHC)

Saturday, July 16

12:30 p.m.

The purpose of this project is to raise the public awareness to our Flushing residents on the issues of street sanitation, hygiene, health awareness on contagious diseases spread through spitting, garbage mismanagement, untreated household sewage and runoff, and more. We would also encourage residents to sign a pledge not to litter. The pledge will be a continuous activity throughout the month of July, while the "Clean Up Day" will be a one day event, mobilizing youths to actually sweep clean certain sections on Main Street. We believe by joining hands together, we can improve the overall living environment in Flushing by helping our residents to develop keen health awareness of our neighborhood. Auditorium.

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New York Poem Arts Center, Inc.: Tang & Contemporary Poem Recital with Song & Dance

Sunday, July 17

2:00 p.m.

New York Poem Arts Center is a New York-based organization that serves the community by helping the people in the community raise their cultural and artistic level and promote friendship and understanding in our diversified multicultural environment. Their goal is to promote Chinese culture bilingually through a multidisciplinary artistic presentation of classical and contemporary poems by a combination of recitation,dancing and singing with classical Chinese musical instruments to help people in the community develop poetry appreciation and enthusiasm for poetic creation. Auditorium.

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Sino-American Musician Assoc. - Summer Concert

Sunday, July 24

2:00 p.m.

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YZY Concord Chorus
Sunday, July 31
2:00 p.m.

Auditorium. 

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New York Peking Opera Society: Chinese Folk Music

Saturday, August 13

2:00 p.m.

New York Peking Opera Society is an important Chinese community in New York upholding the principles to inherit, spread, and carry on the art of Peking Opera. Professional artists and young actors of the NY Peking Opera Society presents the Chinese community an excellent Peking Opera performance. Auditorium.

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Living Memory: Reunification (2015) Film Screening

Sunday, August 14

1:00 p.m.

Between faded family photographs, old video footage, and interviews collected through the years, Alvin Tsang’s REUNIFICATION is a poetic and self-reflexive exploration of many unresolved years. In his search for answers and closure, Tsang turns the camera on his family’s own narrative. The film moves moodily across different channels and modes, bending into labor histories and Hong Kong’s colonial trajectories, wading in the mire of nostalgia, grief, and confusion that is his past and present. Alvin Tsang | 2015 | 85 min in English and Cantonese with English subtitles. Auditorium.

Kunqu Society Summer Performance

Saturday, August 20

1:30 p.m.

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Auditorium. 


Colors of the Wind Dance Group
Saturday, August 27
1:30 p.m.

Auditorium. 

Programs In Other Locations

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Queens Museum Art History Lecture Series: Contemporary Artist Zhang Hongtu

Monday, June 13

12:30 p.m.

This lecture will focus on the Chinese-born, New York City-based artist Zhang Hongtu and the exhibit of his works from the late 1950s to the present that was recently on display at Queens Museum. This is the third lecture of a 3-part series. Go to www.queensmuseum.org/2014/11/zhang-hongtu to learn more about the artist and his work.

Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11434
718-723-4440

Full Moon Drumming

Tuesday, July 19

6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from Korea. Begin with workshops led by (7/19) Song-Hee Lee, Senior Artist at the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association, then jam with the entire group under the moon.

Queens Memory*: 6-7 p.m
*Queens Memory collaboration: Bring in your photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia to the following events and the Queens Memory team will help you preserve and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home.

 

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. 
Flushing, NY 11354
718-463-7700

The Collage and Paint Workshop

Saturday, August 6

11:00 a.m.

Painting and collage in a given theme can be challenging but Steve Palermo, a Queens artist and Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist, will show you that you can. This is the last session of the 5-week workshop for those who either want to renew a lost love for art or ignite their creativity.

Queens Memory*: 11am-1pm
*Queens Memory collaboration: Bring in your photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia to the following events and the Queens Memory team will help you preserve and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home.

 

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. 
Flushing, NY 11354
718-463-7700

Member Exhibition Opening

Sunday, August 7

2:00 p.m.

Flushing Town Hall’s annual Visual Arts Members’ Exhibition explores the theme of multiple worlds. Artists are always exploring the world around them, interpreting experiences and observations through their art, whether it’s “their” world, the world of Flushing, and the spiritual, microscopic and “real” world.

Queens Memory*: 2-4 p.m
*Queens Memory collaboration: Bring in your photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia to the following events and the Queens Memory team will help you preserve and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home.

 

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. 
Flushing, NY 11354
718-463-7700

Chinese Drumming

Thursday, August 18

7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from China. Begin with workshops led by (8/18) Nan Bao, Director of the East Wind Percussion Music Academy, then jam with the entire group under the moon.

Queens Memory*: 6-7 p.m
*Queens Memory collaboration: Bring in your photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia to the following events and the Queens Memory team will help you preserve and save them to a thumb drive that you can take home.

 

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. 
Flushing, NY 11354
718-463-7700

            

Photo Credits (In Top Collage Area):

  • A man in a mask and a lion dancer are performing together during a Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebration on Bayard Street. Photograph taken by Kitty Katz, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
  • Len family portrait taken in Stratford, Connecticut, 1925. Courtesy of Edwin K. Len, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
  • Boy from Boy Scout Troop 150 saluting. Photograph taken by Sonnee Gottlieb, Courtesy of Kenneth & Helen Chan, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
  • A woman with a Taiwanese flag on her hat is holding a baton in a Chinese New Year parade. She is being followed by a marching band. Courtesy of Marylin Chou, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
  • A Beijing opera performer, Huang Zhengqing, dressed as the Monkey King at the China Institute in New York City (125 E 65th Street). Photograph taken by Kitty Katz, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
  • Family portrait of Ting Jue Ho (Father), Kam Hung Ho (Mother), and Cheuk Ping Ho and Cheuk Sum Ho in 1934. This was Ting Jue’s 2nd time in the US. Courtesy of Cheuk Ping Ho, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.