Adam Zhu: See Chinatown With Love
See Chinatown With Love is a short video portrait of Manhattan’s Chinatown by multimedia artist and Chinatown resident Adam Zhu. Shot on 8mm film, Zhu captures the fast-paced energy of the neighborhood by featuring beloved local sites and businesses included in our From Chinatown, With Love calendar, set to a mix by OHYUNG. In spite of the past year’s challenges, See Chinatown With Love is a testament to community solidarity and the strength of its small business economy. The work will be available for streaming beginning on Lunar New Year, February 12.
See Chinatown With Love is presented as part of From Chinatown, With Love, a Lunar New Year Calendar co-produced by Abrons Arts Center, The W.O.W Project, and Welcome to Chinatown. The calendar features 18 businesses in Manhattan’s Chinatown and is available for free (while supplies last) for patrons who spend $20 or more at participating businesses.
Adam Zhu is a New York based multimedia artist, videographer, photographer, and skateboarder, and has shown works in London, Tokyo, and New York. Zhu has also curated multiple shows and performances in the past at Entrance Gallery, Romeo Gallery (GUM, 2017), and Spencer Sweeney’s studio (Nice Days, 2017).
OHYUNG is an Asian American musician and artist based in Brooklyn. Their first album Untitled (Chinese Man with Flame) was released by Deathbomb Arc. In 2020, OHYUNG released their sophomore album PROTECTOR (Chinabot), an experimental rap cross-genre collision course through distorted 808s, pitch-shifted rapping, frenetic pop energy, and ambient loops. Featured in PAPER and Kaltblut, PROTECTOR was described by Bandcamp as “a fascinating, shape-shifting record.”
They compose music for films and exhibitions as Robert Ouyang Rusli, and their work has been featured at Sundance, BAMCinématek, the Queens Museum, and BAM Next Wave Festival. In 2017, they received a Van Lier Fellowship in Music Composition from the Asian American Arts Alliance. They are a 2021 Pioneer Works Music Resident.
Wing on Wo’s W.O.W Project is a community-based initiative that reinvents, preserves, and encourages Chinatown’s creative culture and history through arts, culture and activism. Located inside Wing on Wo & Co., the oldest continually-run family business in New York’s Chinatown, The W.O.W Project was established by fifth-generation store owner, Mei Lum, to bring concerns of a rapidly changing Chinatown into a resident-led space for intergenerational dialogue and action. Since its inception in 2016, The W.O.W. Project has held numerous panel discussions about the role of art and social change, an annual storefront artist-in-residency program, film screenings showcasing Asian American women filmmakers, and several Chinatown storytelling open mic nights, that have reached over 1,000 residents. Their core mission is to create space for conversations to happen across language barriers and generational gaps to actively shape the future of Chinatown.
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices that generates much needed momentum to preserve one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.