Betty Yu

"We Were Here: Unmasking Yellow Peril"
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: Multidisciplinary
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2020
Location: Sunset Park

“We Were Here: Unmasking Yellow Peril” is a participatory multimedia storytelling project featuring an interactive website; a GPS-triggered audio walking tour, and outdoor evening projections highlighting today’s anti-Asian violence historical roots. These roots can be traced back to the anti-China and anti-Asian hysteria that led to policies like the1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the 1942 Executive Order that placed Japanese-Americans into internment camps. The project aims to illustrate the impact it continues to have on the Asian-American experience. The public project invites Asians to participate in reclaiming, and reasserting our own immigrant, ancestral and labor narratives through the telling of our stories while reflecting on the current state of anti-Asian racism. I began this project by hosting outdoor story gathering events in the Asian immigrant communities in NYC back in 2021. I will organize events in Brooklyn’s Chinatowns in Sunset Park and Bay Parkway featuring creative activities - a mapping, video recording, photography portraits, and a polaroid and writing corner. Participants will have a chance to share their stories about community safety, resilience, resistance in the face of white supremacy and increased anti-Asian violence. These recorded video interviews, stories, images and art will be shared out in a public event.