Where Are You REALLY From?
James Chan

Come join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, June 6 from 6 – 9 PM!

Where Are You Really From? is an ongoing research/art project where artist James Chan attempts to learn more about his family history, starting with his dad’s side.

With the exception of his grandparents, Chan never knew how he was related to family members he had met throughout his life. Family reunions were a foreign concept to him and the nearest relatives were thousands of miles way.

Using secondhand accounts, historical research, photos and unreliable personal memories, Chan attempts to document his family’s history before it is lost forever. Along the way, he reflects on key moments in his life regarding personal identity and relationships.

The discoveries, family stories, musings, and difficulties encountered during the project are presented in the form of illustrations and paintings.


About the Artist
James Chan received a BFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University. He plans to continue working on the Where Are You Really From? project to learn more about his family and the history of overseas Chinese.

About the Space
384 Broadway is a temporary art space presented by THINK!CHINATOWN and Chashama. With the mission to increase representation of Asian American artists and themes of concern to our community, this project seeks to test new ways galleries in Chinatown can better engage the neighborhood with cross-cultural and inter-generational practices. This project is not a commercial endeavor and is largely run on the energy of community volunteers.

THINK!CHINATOWN is a collective of neighbors and advocates working to keep Chinatown a vibrant place of inter-generational learning, cultural production & civic engagement. We are here to listen, to respond, and to build Chinatown’s capacities as a strong immigrant neighborhood of NYC. Our mission is to attract & connect resources for Chinatown organizations & businesses using the tools of design & community engagement. Join us in connecting past, present & future to ensure a resilient Chinatown.

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For more information about Where Are You Really From?, or to schedule a visit outside of the posted hours, please contact James at letterboxformat@gmail.com. You can also follow James on Facebook or on Instagram.



Open hours
Tuesday: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Wednesday: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Thurday: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Friday: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday: 2 - 6pm
Sunday: 2 - 6pm
Events
Opening Reception
Jun 6, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm
Community Day
Jun 17, 2018 12:00pm-6:00pm
TaiChi, Artist Discussion (with James Chan) & Genealogy Workshop led by Think!Chinatown's Amy Chin.
Poetry Night with Think!Chinatown
Jun 20, 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm
Hosted by Think!Chinatown's very own Julie Chen! Readers will include Sarah Wang, Cindy Tran, and Kiran Bath.
Tribeca Art+Culture Night
Jun 21, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm
Think!Chinatown is excited to be a part of Tribeca Art+Culture Night. Galleries across Tribeca will be open until 9pm with several performances lined up.
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