Dedicated to promoting the visibility and representation of the local Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander community
The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.
Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman to explore space
What would it mean to have a space in Evanston dedicated to ASPA history, art and culture?
Did you know that over 10% of Evanstonians identify as Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander? And this is an underestimated number given the challenges in collecting demographic data of such a broad diaspora and the lack of disaggregated data. Over 70 businesses in Evanston are Asian-owned. Through our research we have identified one of the first Asian Americans on record living in Evanston in the late 1800's. Despite these 3 overlooked facts (of which there are many), Asian Americans have been historically disregarded and underserved in our city.
Currently, there is zero documentation of Asian American people, stories, events, artifacts, etc. anywhere in Evanston. There are no spaces, services, supports and resources that center the needs and experiences of Asian Americans in Evanston. There are little to no symbols, imagery or public art that reflects the ASPA community in Evanston, and until 2 years ago there was little acknowledgment of AAPI Heritage Month (May) and a complete lack of celebrations, events and activities that centered, represented, observed and honored the ASPA Community.
We're collecting feedback from the community to create a vision for an Asian American Art & Cultural Center in Evanston. We're talking to people, gathering ideas, getting input and we'd love to hear from you!
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