Editor’s introduction: The murder of George Floyd sparked protests all over the United States and the world. It also compelled organizations of all types from corporations to non-profit community groups as well as arts institutions to take a stand. The process of deliberation, discussion and soul searching has profoundly reshaped individuals and clarified the mission of organizations. I’m proud to have worked with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco on past events such as “Inclusion Now” rally in 2017 which marked the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act and later that summer for another candle-light vigil and program entitled “Light Up the Night from Charlottesville to Chinatown” to protest a planned rally by the alt-right Proud Boys in San Francisco. Many Chinese American organizations and individuals joined together then and now for a new movement for racial equality and justice. The following is the statement developed by the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. There’s great power in simple, direct language that speaks to one’s heart.
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco held “Share the Square” mural and art action at Portsmouth Square, a central and one of the most historic parks, a gathering space and site for public demonstrations in SF Chinatown over the Juneteenth weekend.
The mural and art action at Portsmouth Square, a central and one of the most historic parks, a gathering space and site for public demonstrations in San Francisco Chinatown. To mark Juneteenth, a day that honors Black freedom and black resistance, this event was part of a nationwide weekend of action. – Jia Gonitzke 柳嘉潔