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Here to Stay (Philadelphia)

A collaboration with the Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) 华人青少年组织会

of Asian Americans United (AAU)

The Chinatown Art Brigade collaborated with the Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) of Asian Americans United (AAU) to provide and design a visual platform that amplified immigration rights on both a local and national level. Working in close partnership with The Illuminator, and through a series of community planning workshops and convenings, the project culminated in a large-scale outdoor projection event celebrating stories of resistance and resilience in Philadelphia, putting a human face on immigration, and generating a nation-wide response to the urgent issues facing our immigrant communities.


HERE TO STAY (Philadelphia) was a 8-month project developed by Chinatown Art Brigade in collaboration with Asian Americans United as part of (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence, a project of Asian Arts Initiative,


Established in 1985,
Asian Americans United exists so that people of Asian ancestry in Philadelphia exercise leadership to build their communities and unite to challenge oppression.

Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) x CAB Workshops
January - May 2018

Photos: Asian Arts Initiative and Tomie Arai


华人青少年组织会 +  唐人街艺术队 投影活动

An evening of projections with Chinese Youth Organizing Project of Asian Americans United
May 4, 2017

Photos: Phil Cho for Asian Arts Initiative and Chinese Youth Organizing Project


#AAPI YOUNG: Grassroots Asians Rising AAPI Youth National Gathering 2018
July 5-6, 2018

with Asian Americans UnitedVietLead, and Grassroots Asians Rising.

After a successful collaboration with CYOP in May, we were invited back to Philadelphia to collaborate with the inspiring youth of Grassroots Asians Rising at their national youth convening: #AAPI YOUNG.

#AAPI YOUNG (Asian American Pacific Islander Youth National Gathering)
AAPI YOUNG is hosted and organized by Asian Americans United, VietLead, and Grassroots Asians Rising. Grassroots Asians Rising (GAR) is a national network of grassroots organizations rooted in Asian communities. Through these organizations, their work is rooted in bases that live in the most precarious margins of power: refugees, low-wage workers, youth, undocumented immigrants, queer and trans people, and low-income tenants.

The GAR Coordinating Committee consists of: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) - Oakland, CA; AYPAL: Building API Community Power - Oakland, CA; CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities - New York, NY; Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) - San Francisco, CA; DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center - New York, NY; Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) - Providence, RI

Grassroots Asians Rising: Youth Summit Workshop
July 5, 2018

Photos: Ashley Lê for Asian Arts Initiative and ManSee Kong


An evening of projections with Grassroots Asians Rising
July 6, 2018

Presented by Asian Americans United, VietLead and Chinatown Art Brigade at N.11th & Vine St., Philadephia, PA

Photos: Jino Lee for Asian Arts Initiative and ManSee Kong


Produced by: Bonfire Media Collective/Media Mobilizing Project + Chinatown Art Brigade

Camera/Sound/Edit: Ben Felker-Quinn

Projections by: The Illuminator

Projection Content: CAB x GAR Youth workshop participants, Chinatown Art Brigade

Made possible with the generous support of Asian Arts Initiative as part of their 25th Anniversary "(ex)CHANGE: History, Place, Presence" series. Major support for (ex)CHANGE: History, Place, Presence provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support for Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Season provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, and Wyncote Foundation.