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CALA NCA Webinar: “Disrupting White Supremacy Through BIPOC Solidarity”

What does it mean to be in solidarity with other Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. (BIPOC)? This webinar will be a discussion of why solidarity is vital and what it might look for us to engage in it. As Asian/Pacific Americans, we benefit from a particular kind of proximity to whiteness. It can be especially easy for us to buy into the privilege that comes from that proximity and leave our fellow BIPOC to fight their own racial battles, not realizing that this is also our battle. We will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of joining in community with other BIPOC for a common cause: to destroy white supremacy.

The presentation is available online

Speaker: Sofia Leung (she/her) is a Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator working towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. Sofia offers tailored workshops, trainings, consultations, coaching & collaborations that employ anti-racist, anti-oppressive frameworks. Her approach is holistic in nature and centers the context and audience needs. She strives to help mitigate some of the harm being inflicted on people with marginalized identities, recognizing that social justice is an ongoing project towards racial, economic, and social equity. Sofia is currently co-editing a book (with Jorge López-McKnight) on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published by the MIT Press in spring 2021. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

CALA NCA Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections

Chinese American Librarians Association, Northern California Chapter 2019 Annual Program: Building New Opportunities and Library Connections was held at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library on Saturday, May 4.

This symposium featured library professionals and educators to present the latest trends and discussions relating to library services for all types of libraries to consider and opened to all interested in making new connections and opportunities for professional growth.

Special thanks to Terry Carlson helps to host the program at Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch, and Ran Pun organizes and invites speakers and virtual welcome remarks from ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo and CALA President Ying Zhang. Continue reading

CALA NCA Annual event, spring 2016

CALA NCA Chapter visi20160430_114947ted San Francisco Chinatown on April 30, 2016.  We had 17 people attend.  The tour started at the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)  The building was originally a Chinatown YWCA designed by Julia Morgan (1872-1957), an architect who integrated Chinese motifs with the framework of western architecture.  CHSA is the oldest and largest archive and history center documenting the Chinese American experience in the United States.  Now the place is a community cultural center, perfectly set up for meetings/presentations, performances and exhibits.

After a delicious dim sum lunch break at the Saint Mary’s Square park, we headed to the Pacific Heritage 20160430_141651Museum.  The Museum is housed in the historic US Subtreasury Building, dating from 1875 and built on the site of the first US Branch Mint.  The building is recognized as a historical landmark by both the state of California and the city of San Francisco.  In 1984 the building was restored in order to house the Pacific Heritage Museum.  The Museum celebrates the heritage and achievements of the people living along the Pacific Rim.  We saw a replica of a bank vault used during the buildings operation as a part of the Treasury Department.  There is also a display of a collection of rare, antique silver coins.

After that we went toIMG_6160 the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.  The Center has a gallery, book shop, classroom and offices.  Established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States.  At the gallery we saw a documentary showing the life of early Chinese immigrants and a couple interesting modern Chinese artworks.

We also stopped by the Fortune Cookie Factory.  The Factory opened on August 5, 1962 and remains onIMG_6181e of the only places you can still find handmade fortune cookies in the country.  There were 2 women placing fortunes in the hot cookies, then folding the cookies before they harden.  You get a sample when you go in and the cookie is still warm, couldn’t be fresher.

IMG_6184Lastly we visited the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.  It contains historical and explanatory exhibits on the San Francisco cable car system.  The museum is part of the complex that also houses the cable car power house, which drives the cable cars.  It is fascinating to see how the cable cars are operated.  The museum is regarded as a working museum.

The tour ended with everyone learning something from the past.  It was truly an educational and informational visit.