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The China Project
The state of LGBTQ in China
How is the queer community of China responding to ever increasing restrictions on civil society? What issues matter to queer Chinese folks in the current moment? And what actions can be helpful, and what can be hurtful, from abroad?
With Beijing LGBT Center, one of the last organizations serving sexual and gender minorities in the country finally shutting down earlier this year, the environment for queerness in China looks even bleaker than the year before. But is repression the full story? We invite activists and artists who have worked in China to talk about their experiences, and their recommendations for how we can help China’s queer community from abroad.
This is a live event near Koreatown in New York City and won’t be recorded. 21+ only. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided with ticket purchase.
RSVP required as seating is limited.
Doors open at 6:30pm and the panel will begin at 7pm.
Jiaoyang Li is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Accent Sisters Speakeasy Bookstore and Gallery. Her work focuses on empowering underrepresented voices, particularly Pan-Chinese women and the LGBTQ community. Jiaoyang's art spans poetry, lyrics, video game scripts, and experimental text for performances and exhibitions, showcased in publications and venues such as Life magazine, LA Reviews of Books, the New York Live Arts Center and others. She also serves as a free wedding minister for LGBTQ community.
Also known as Qing, aka. “Princess of Chinatown", is a multi-disciplinary artist and fashion designer currently based in New York. Qing's works focus on exploring gender, self-expression, queer bodies and LGBTQ+ community culture. Their design centers around the reinterpretation of Chinese traditional culture and symbolism. Their artistic creations integrate multiple fields, including clothing, makeup, styling, film, performance and more. Their work has appeared in Dazed, VOGUE, V Magazine,1 Granary, NOWNESS Asia, Evening Standard and many other media outlets.
Lulu Luyao Chang is a multimedia artist based in New York and currently studies at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program. Born in Japan, and raised in Beijing, they have been subjected to and struggled to overcome, a politics of the unsaid—whether through social norms or outright repression, many important issues surrounding sex, recognition, and labor are silenced in the places they have lived. Identifying as non-binary, and working primarily in installation art, they constantly strive to amplify the voices of China’s sexual minorities—from women to members of its often-repressed LGBTQ community—to make them heard within the blaring, chauvinist rhetoric of national becoming.