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Queens Library celebrates Chinese heritage and culture with a new program

Did you know New York City has the largest Chinese population outside of Asia? In fact more Chinese-Americans and Chinese immigrants live in Queens than any other borough. That’s nearly 400,000, more than 22 percent of the 2.25 million New Yorkers that call the “World’s Borough” their home. It is only fitting that Queens Library partnered with the Museum of Chinese America (MOCA) to create a program to celebrate, honor and preserve the culture, heritage, arts, music and stories of this rich ethnic group.

Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers launches next Monday, March 14, with a free event at the Flushing Community Library, which will be followed by many more diverse events in the weeks thereafter continuing well into May. Art exhibits, traditional musical performances, lectures, workshops, poetry, there’s literally something to excite every taste, whether historic, personal or artistic.

As a Queens resident, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this unique and wonderful opportunity to learn about one of the most important communities that make Queens the great melting pot for which it’s famous.

Launch Event:
Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers
Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m.
Flushing Community Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
718-661-1200
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Enjoy an abbreviated oral history interview with Chinese-born Queens resident and artist Zhang Hongtu, who shares his personal experience of leaving one home and finding another in Queens. There’s also a fascinating panel, moderated by Beatrice Chen, VP of programs and museum experience at MOCA, on the topic of shifting identity of the Chinese community in New York City. Speakers include Councilman Peter Koo, New Yorker magazine writer Jiayang Fan, professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College, Peter Kwong, and founder of the Chinese cooking blog Red Cook Kian Lam Kho.

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