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Dreams Deferred ~ Chinese American Museum

5:57 PM PST on December 8, 2010

    From the press release: "The Chinese American Museum (CAM) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument are proud to present Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration Reform opening this Thursday, Dec. 9 This exhibit will showcase local artists exploring the tensions, repercussions, hopes, and dreams of immigrant communities in the face of new immigration legislation, through a broad spectrum of art including street art, graffiti art, sculpture, painting, and multimedia installations. “Dreams Deferred is a powerful and timely exhibit that captures the complexities of the immigrant experience”, notes Kent Wong Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA. “Special focus is on the plight of millions of undocumented immigrant youth and students who are unfortunate victims of a broken system. This art show brings together talented local artists who express their views on immigration in creative and dynamic ways.”

    U.S. immigration laws have long reflected a lasting legacy of racial exclusion starting with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first legislation to restrict immigration based on race and ethnicity. This legacy of immigration legislation targeting immigrant communities has since reemerged in the recent decades with California's Proposition 187, and Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, as attempts at inhibiting the livelihoods of undocumented immigrants.

    Dreams Deferred continues the current national dialogue about immigration, kicked-off by the recent opening of CAM’s Remembering Angel Island, an exhibition commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the West Coast’s first immigration station. Both exhibitions will serve to shed light on the parallels of past and current immigration policies and reform, and how Los Angeles’ diverse immigrant communities collectively share not only their immigrant histories, but also many of the challenges facing new immigrant communities today.

    Opening reception Dec. 9, 2010 6:00pm-8:30pm

    Curated by: Tim Jieh and Steve Wong

    Augustine Kofie
    Eriberto Oriol
    Ernesto Yerena
    Kristy Lovich
    Jesus Barraza, Dignidad Rebelde
    Joel Garcia
    John Carlos De Luna
    Oscar Magallanes
    Patrick Martinez
    Sand One
    Shark Toof
    Shepard Fairey
    O.G. Slick

    Also featuring videos by DreamActivist Tam Tran (1982-2010)

    Chinese American Citizens Alliance | Grand Lodge
    Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
    Friends of the Chinese American Museum

    Asian Pacific American Legal Center
    Mid-City Arts
    Self Help Graphics
    The UCLA Labor Center

    Community Partners:
    Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
    Dream Team LA
    IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success) at UCLA
    JACL Pacific Southwest District
    Southeast Asian Community Alliance
    UCLA Asian American Studies Center
    Visual Communications

    Chinese American Museum
    425 N. Los Angeles Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Museum Hours: 10am-3pm, Tuesday – Sunday
    For more information (213) 485.8567 /

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