On Wednesday March 12th, 2014, community organizers showed up at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Centre Street to show support for Mr. Kang Wong, who was there with his family to demand that criminal charges against him for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of government administration be dropped. In January of this year, 2014, the 84-year-old Mr. Wong was arrested and met with excessive physical force by the NYPD officers, who were apprehending him for a jaywalking violation. Mr. Wong’s family and his lawyer gave a press conference on that day, along with representatives from Justice for Kang Wong Committee, made up of community organizations including, OCA New York, Asian Americans for Equality, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Hamilton Madison House City Hall Senior Center, JACL, and United Neighborhood Houses.
March 2014 is the final month in which the exhibit Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York will be showcased at the Interference Archive. And to kick off this final stretch of the exhibition, a group of local Asian American artists and activists put together a performance piece inspired by the archived material presented in the exhibit and in dedication to the history of Asian American movement in New York City. This segment features selected recordings of the performance, which was entitled, Speech, Chant, Manifesto: The Words of the Asian American Movement.
"Warriors of the Rainbow" by Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto & Chris Kando Iijima