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Book Talk and Signing for CORKY LEE’S ASIAN AMERICA with Mae Ngai
June 22, 2024 | 3:00–5:00 p.m. | Portland Chinatown Museum The Portland Chinatown Museum invites everyone to join us for the Portland launch of Corky Lee's Asian America: Fifty Years of Photographic Justice. Editor Mae Ngai will join us for a book talk, followed by a conversation with historian Jennifer Fang.

Corky Lee's Asian America traces Lee’s decades-long quest for photographic justice, following Asian American social movements for recognition and rights alongside his artistic development as an activist social photographer. Iconic photographs feature protests against police brutality in New York in the 1970s, a Sikh man draped in an American flag after 9/11, and a reenactment of the completion of the transcontinental railroad of 1869 featuring descendants of Chinese railroad workers, and his last photos of community life and struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs alongside his best-known images, Corky Lee’s Asian America represents Lee’s mission to chronicle a history of inclusion, resistance, ethnic pride, and patriotism. This is a remarkable documentation of vital moments in Asian American history and a timely reminder that it’s also a history that we continue to make.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the museum during the event, but attendees can also purchase Corky Lee's Asian America ahead of time at Powell's Books and at all major booksellers. Purchase of a book is not required to attend this free event.



Mae Ngai is Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University. She is the author of several books, most recently The Chinese Question.




Jennifer Fang is the Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement at Pittock Mansion and an adjunct professor at the University of Portland, where she teaches modern U.S. history and Asian American history.




Reprinted with permission from Corky Lee's Asian America: Fifty Years of Photographic Justice. Copyright © 2024 by the Estate of Corky Lee, Mae Ngai, and Chee Wang Ng. Text copyright © 2024 by Mae Ngai unless otherwise noted. Photographs copyright © 2024 by the Estate of Corky Lee unless otherwise noted. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

For questions about this event, let us know at info@portlandchinatown.org.