Date(s) - 18/05/2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Asian Art Museum
Location Address 200 Larkin Street
City San Francisco
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States of America. Since the early 1800s, Asians have been an integral part of U.S. history. Together with other ethnic groups, Asian Americans have contributed significantly to the cultural, political, economic, and artistic achievements of the nation. May is the time to celebrate the collective contributions made by the dynamic Asian American communities in the U.S. as well as to confront the challenges they are now facing.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, the Florence Fang Family Foundation is hosting a special event called “Remember & Reinvigorate” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to highlight the interconnected relationship of Asian Americans in the U.S., to reflect on the difficulties this vibrant community has experienced in the past, to illustrate the contributions they have made to American society in recent years and over centuries, and to discuss how to organize and overcome lingering discrimination and hate.
The event will honor the achievements and contributions of four individuals and organizations:
1. Prof Chenming HU (recipient of 2016 National Technology and Innovation Medal by President Obama in the White House.)
2. Kausik Rajgopal (Paypal’s Executive Vice President)
3. Connie Young Yu (Chinese Railroad Workers Descendant & Historian)
4. SF Hep B Fee Campaign
At the end of this event, the Asian Art Museum will also hold a grand opening of the Fang Family Launchpad. The Launchpad serves as a permanent platform for emerging modern Asian and Asian American artists in exhibiting their artwork to the world, with the hope it will become one of many bridges connecting different communities and nations aiming for mutual understanding and cooperation. The Launchpad has two sections featuring: Collected Letters by Shanghai-born artist Mr. Liu Jianhua, and My House, My Tomb by Brooklyn-based Iranian-American artist Afruz Amighi, which is inspired by the Taj Mahal.
Florence Fang, chairwoman of the Foundation says, “Asian Americans should be proud of their significant contributions to the United States. At the same time, they must also be aware that lingering discrimination and hate exist in this country. While we are working hard to realize our dreams, we need to do everything to safeguard our rights and protect our dignity, including looking to artists for their ideas and creative leadership. This is why our Foundation holds this event.”