ExploreChinatown Newsletter
NY Congressional District 10 Town Hall (8/2/22)
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (Online)
Mon, August 8

Early Voting
Sat, August 13 to Sun, August 21

Primary Election Day
Tues, August 23

45th Asian American International Film Festival (8/3-13)
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Asian American International Film Festival, from August 3 to 13, with combination of in-person screenings and events with online programs.


Buy tickets and view full program at aaiff.org.
Use code Bid_AAIFF45 for 20% off

Friday, August 5, 2022

Shot from 1993-1994 in the villages of Eastern and Southern China, linked in common lore to the remote origins of China’s civilizations, the film offers a journey into the wealth of China’s traditional architecture while exploring the hinterlands of self and others in their encounter. A site of creativity also highly valued as a guiding criterion in ethics and politics, harmony has played an important role in the lives of Chinese people since ancient times. The film addresses the process of “harmonizing” rural China due to the country’s Great Uprooting, and seeks to engage the viewer further by asking: What exactly is disappearing? And how?

Saturday, August 6

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo

ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING is a coming-of-age crime drama about a good Asian girl gone very bad. Fiercely driven, Alice Kim battles class, race, and family pressure to become a drug dealer in New York City’s wild underground rave scene.

Directed by Tony Wang

CHINATOWN: OUR ONLY HOME explores the passing down of Chinese traditions across generations in Manhattan Chinatown during COVID-19 by examining the evolution of the Chinatown community through the stories of small businesses and young people’s actions. 

EKIDEN - World Premiere
Directed by Haruna Azumi

A documentary about six runners in New York City who participated in a traditional Japanese long-distance relay race, Ekiden. 

LIN - New York Premiere
Directed by Lillian Xuege Li

How can a woman become herself when she has been shaped and taught to sacrifice for the gaze of others? Lin has many roles—a mother, a wife, a waitress, and an immigrant. She is also a woman with a secret who finally decides to quietly rebel.

SONNET CROWN FOR NYC - New York Premiere
Directed by Xiao Han

SONNET CROWN FOR NYC is a filmed sequence of sonnets that honors local businesses and the communities that enrich and sustain New York City, honoring their stories and the work they do for their communities.

CHINATOWN BEAT - Closing Night Presentation
Saturday, August 13

A FATHER'S SON - New York Premiere  
Directed by Patrick Chen

Jack Yu is the only Chinese American detective in the 5th Precinct, and every manner of Chinatown crime will come his way. 

DEAR CORKY - New York Premiere  
Directed by Curtis Chin

Through his words and pictures, DEAR CORKY is an intimate look at the legendary photographer Corky Lee.

Directed by Christine Choy

This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community.
2022 Summer Streets (8/6, 13 & 20)
Summer Streets is a multi-day, annual car-free event held in August.

NYC DOT hosts free public art installations, performances and activities at Rest Stops along the route. Partners include lifestyle and consumer brands, city agencies, community organizations, performers and artists. Activities promote fitness, recreation, arts, culture — and fun!

On the first day of Summer Streets, August 6, Citi Bike will be offering free day passes! Use the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app to receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours.

Stop by Chinatown on your way up and down the Summer Street route to eat and relax during or afterwards.
Canal Street Visioning Survey
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) is conducting a community transportation survey to better understand your experiences traveling on Canal Street. The questions are about identifying pedestrian and transportation issues along this corridor that matter to you and the greater community. Take Survey

Small Business Grants & Resources
New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program - Your business no longer has to demonstrate positive net profit in 2019 to be eligible. Apply at nysmallbusinessrecovery.com today!
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Upcoming Events
NYPD’s National Night Out Against Crime, August 2
Join local NYPD precincts for the National Night Out Against Crime. Enjoy barbeque and bounce houses, face painting, food, and fun. Meet leaders and personnel from your local precinct and interact with neighbors, community members, and local businesses with the common goal of partnership and safety.

  • 5th Precinct: 3-7 p.m., 5th Precinct House, 19 Elizabeth Street, between Canal to Bayard Streets

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