From Chinatown, With Love
Abrons Arts Center and Wing on Wo’s the W.O.W. Project come together to celebrate the Year of the Water Tiger with the second edition of From Chinatown, With Love, a Lunar New Year calendar. Illustrated by Sarula Bao, Singha Hon, and Laura Lee this 12-month illustrated calendar features bilingual comics depicting the daily rhythm of 12 beloved Chinatown businesses. Beginning on January 29th, patrons who spend $25 or more at participating businesses will receive a free calendar (while supplies last).
為慶祝壬寅虎年，Abrons Arts Center與W.O.W Project攜手推出第二版 「來自中國 城，與愛同行」農歷新年日歷。由Sarula Bao、Singha Hon與Laura Lee創作的中英雙語插畫描繪 了12家深受大家喜愛的中國城企業的日常。
Featured Businesses 特色企业
Loi Malaysia Beef Jerky Inc 富記肉乾 [95A Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
Ho Wan Bake Shoppe 好運咖啡屋 [146 Hester St A, New York, NY 10013]
Good Field Trading Co. 嘉禾公司 [74 Mott St, New York, NY 10013]
New Bo Bo Bicycle 城市單車 [96 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
DaShop 浩達濤 [8 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
Snack Bar [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
Sanrio Bandai [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
B-Unit Beauty [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
G & J Florist 新四時花鋪 [91 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
Eliz Digital 梁氏冲印 [77 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
KamWo Meridian Herbs 金禾中药店 [211 Grand St, New York, NY 10013]
Banh Mi Co Ut 越南面包 [83 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
Be sure to join us Saturday, January 15 for workshops led by Bao, Hon, and Lee as part of From Chinatown, With Love.
The W.O.W. Project is a women, queer, and trans-led, community-based initiative working to sustain ownership over Manhattan Chinatown’s future by growing, protecting, and preserving Chinatown’s creative culture. Fifth-generation store owner Mei Lum founded the W.O.W. Project inside her family’s porcelain store, Wing On Wo & Co., to respond to the rapid changes in the neighborhood. Since its inception in 2016, the W.O.W. Project team has created a space for intergenerational dialogue and direct action through key programs like an annual storefront artist residency, public discussions, and youth mentorship programs. W.O.W.’s core mission is to create space for conversations to happen across language barriers and generational gaps to actively shape the future of Chinatown.
Sarula Bao is a queer Chinese-American illustrator and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn. She graduated from RISD in 2016, published a graphic novel in 2017 and has since worked as a freelance illustrator. Her personal work explores aspects of Chinese culture, aesthetics, and narrative through a second generation American experience.
Singha Hon is a Chinese American artist, illustrator, and designer from New York City. Her work explores identity, complex emotions, interpersonal relationships, and small precious moments of everyday life through the lens of folklore, mythology, and animal archetypes. She holds a dual BA degree in Visual Arts and in Theater from Bates College. She joined Womanly Magazine as one of the founding artists to create accessible health information for women and non-binary people through visual art. She was also the 4th Artist in Residence at the W.O.W. Project in NYC’s Chinatown.
Laura Lee is a motion graphics artist who started illustrating and painting from a young age. Growing up in New York City’s Chinatown, she loved the diversity, culture, and strong sense of community- taking neighborhood art classes every weekend. Laura’s passion for cartoons, anime, comics and video games led her on an artistic journey from attending NY’s ‘fame school’ LaGuardia H.S. to graduating SVA from the Computer Art department, where she merged her love for technology, art and animation. As an animator, Laura loves telling stories visually, and with lots of color!
From Chinatown, With Love is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center and Wing on Wo’s W.O.W. Project.
Image courtesy of Wing on Wo, photo credit Sean Chee