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Corky Lee's Asian America: 50 Years of Photographic Justice, 1970-2020 Gallery Exhibit Opening

Flyer that has a self-portrait photo of Corky Lee, anAsian-American man with glasses holding a camera. There is also a photo of an older asian woman that he took holding her jacket open to reveal the word 'revolution'
Thursday, April 11, 2024
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Calvin Cheung-Miaw

Join us to view a selection of Corky Lee's art on display at the John Hope Franklin Center Gallery April - June 2024.

Corky Lee's work invites us to rethink what we thought we knew about Asian American history, and to construct new narratives that reject the framing of anti-Asian violence as limited to exceptional moments of history. It suggests, as well, that a full reckoning with the history of anti-Asian violence must go beyond acts by racist individuals to analyze state violence.

This particular collection also pushes us beyond simple narratives of oppression and resistance. There are more stories that lie behind the images of Bong Jae Jang, Miné Okubo, the Miss Saigon protest, the struggle for bilingual education, and the many other treasures that are part of this exhibit. Thanks to Corky Lee's tireless efforts to document our lives, we have these snapshots that are more than snapshots. They are vistas onto Asian American history, which turns out to be far more interesting, vital, and complex, than we imagined.

Introduction by Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History at Duke University

Prior to the opening, join APSI for a book talk with Mae Ngai. Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia. She is author of the award winning books, Impossible Subjects (2004), The Lucky Ones (2010), and The Chinese Question (2021), and is editor of the new retrospective book of the late Corky Lee's photography (2024). She writes opinion and commentary for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Dissent.

Event is located in the John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road. Parking is available in the hospital garage. Vehicles enter the garage at 2223 Elba Street. If arriving after 5:00pm, parking is available in the Duke Family Medicine lot (2100 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705) and access to the parking lot is off of Trent Drive for free.

Contact: Erin Dillard