Pride in Chinatown MMXX launched with artist street projects happening throughout Chinatown, viewable 24/7 from August 8th — September 7th, 2020. Rather than pivoting online, we hit the streets running with new site-inspired artworks from the queer pan-Asian diaspora, who covered hoardings, windows, doorways, storefronts, laneways, utility poles and boxes, and monuments.
Pride in Chinatown MMXX was not only a bold gesture claiming Chinatown as a safe space for LGBTQ2+ people and allies, but was rebuttal against the recent acts of racist aggression and discrimination that included the wave of anti-Asian graffiti amplified by COVID-19. We launched these month-long art interventions with an action presented by Youth Collaborative for Chinatown. In June, a guerilla floral tribute was created as a random act of kindness in direct retaliation against the racist graffiti on the lions of the Chinatown Gate. On Saturday August 8th, there was a grand floral installation by an anonymous artist at the Chinatown Millennium Gate as an act of love.
Pride began as a liberation movement for equality and justice for all. Pride in Chinatown was an event to create visibility for new queer pan-Asian art and artists.
1) Youth Collaborative for Chinatown – Millennium Gate
2) Maiden China – Street posters
3) David Ng – Lim Society Building
4) Diyan Achjadi – Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
5) Jay Cabalu – Fortune Sound Club
6) Candie Tanaka – Propaganda Coffee
7) Kara Juku & Christian Yves Jones – Or Gallery
8) Ho Tam – Access Gallery
9) Pride in Chinatown Stickers – Local Businesses
PRIDE IN CHINATOWN – IN THE PRESS