Below are lists of resources referenced by panelists and attendees during our Dim Sum Dialogues: Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 Racism in the Creative Community, and a recording of the event and Q&A. Thank you to all those who participated and contributed – and if you have anything to share related or relevant to the topic, please don't hesitate to contact us through our contact form, email, or social media accounts. We hope these resources will be informative and helpful for you!
WHAT IS DIM SUM DIALOGUES?
Dim Sum Dialogues is a series of panel discussions based on the idea of sharing valuable knowledge, experience, and insight, led by members of the creative community. We started Dim Sum Dialogues as a platform to call for visibility, discourse, and intersectional unity in the face of social issues. While these complex and deeply rooted problems cannot be solved in one afternoon, we believe conversations like these can spread positivity, make a difference, and bring – as Dim Sum literally translates to – "a light touch on the heart".
POST-COVID CURATORIAL PROJECTS
"Rencontre Avec L'Autre Soi-Même" (roughly translates to "Encountering the Other, Oneself")
Exploring various depictions of Chinatown neighborhoods by historical and contemporary Canadian Artists (especially Chinese Canadian)
MEET OUR PANELISTS
Dee Kerrison [@dkerrison] is a New York bred, South California based art collector, music enthusiast, financial services executive and social activist. While his career is in the financial service sector, his life’s work, along with his wife Gianna, is collecting art, specifically, the work of African Americans and other artists of color. Focusing on art that reflects his experience, he not only collects art but helps artists navigate the intimidating waters of the art world.
Miami-based Dejha Carrington [@carringtoner] is the Vice President of External Relations and Communications of National YoungArts Foundation, a national organization that empowers artists to pursue a life in the arts; and is the co-founder of Commissioner, helping everyday people build their art collection with local artists, learning and programming. In addition to her leadership roles, A recognized media source and speaker on communications, arts advocacy and cultural programming, Carrington has consulted for arts and cultural social profits, private collections, cities and global social responsibility initiatives.
Karen Tam [@artkarentam] is an artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of cultures and communities, through her installation work in which she recreates spaces of Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens, curio shops and other sites of cultural encounters. Since 2000, she has exhibited her work and participated in residencies in North America, Europe, and China. Her works are in museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. Tam lives and works in Montréal and holds a MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London).
Mel Chin [@mel.chin] was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century. Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.
Phil Chan [@philschan] is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, and most recently served as the Director of Programming for IVY, connecting young professionals with leading museums and arts institutions. As a writer, he served as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and contributed to Dance Magazine and the Huffington Post. He served multiple years on the National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and the Jadin Wong Award panel presented by Asian American Arts Alliance, and is on the advisory committee for the Parsons Dance Company. He also serves on the Leaders of Color steering committee at Americans for the Arts. He is the author of Final Bow for Yellowface: Dancing between Intention and Impact [@finalbowforyellowface].
Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah [@theresamah] made history in 2016 when she became the first Asian American elected to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Representative Mah is a former college professor with a Ph.D. in modern American history and teaching experience in history, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies. Born in San Francisco, California, and a graduate of UC Berkeley, Rep. Mah first came to Illinois for graduate studies at the University of Chicago more than 25 years ago.