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).
Participating Chinatown businesses include
Loi Malaysia Beef Jerky Inc
Ho Wan Bake Shoppe
Good Field Trading Co.
New Bo Bo Bicycle
B unit Beauty
G & J Florist
Kam Wo Meridian Herbs
Banh Mi Co Ut
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