Virtual Tuesday Programs: Sewing Community in Crisis
Guest Speaker: Kristina Wong
Kristina Wong will talk about her work as an artist and her current role as "sweatshop overlord" of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a national collective of hundreds of mostly women of color volunteers sewing face masks for the most vulnerable of communities. This collective is still sewing masks more than three months into this crisis and their work has ballooned into a shadow Federal Government Aid Agency, supporting communities that have long born the brunt of systemic racism and violence–First Nations, undocumented immigrants, day laborers, poor communities of color and migrants seeking asylum at the border. The Squad's work has expanded to include relief vans to the Navajo Nation, support in creating "sewing factories" on the Navajo Nation, Standing Rock and Rosebud. The Squad is a college course at San Francisco State taught by Professor Grace J. Yoo and have a kids summer sewing camp.
Kristina will discuss the following: What have the gymnastics of running a remote "sweatshop" of national volunteers revealed about our country in this time? What is the history of garment work as women's labor and what does it mean for mostly women to step up to do that work now? Is sewing political? What is the value of giving generously in a time of complete uncertainty?
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and elected representative of Koreatown Los Angeles. Her national tour of "Kristina Wong for Public Office" about her run and win for local elected office was sidelined by the pandemic, she pivoted to touring "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Empire" on Zoom about how in 10 days she went from out of work artist to the Factory Overlord of the Auntie Sewing Squad. In the "before times," Kristina toured her award winning solo shows internationally, was a guest on late night television, and created the kids web series "Radical Cram School."
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