In collaboration with the Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB), Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s AAPI Elder Voices Project presents a storytelling and photo exhibit that shares stories of resilience and strength of community seniors. Throughout the pandemic, KCCEB has convened monthly online gatherings with Korean American seniors to combat their isolation. Named “Jikimee” (Korean for “Community Protector”), this group visited healing spaces together, such as the Gardens at Lake Merritt and the Angel Island Immigration Station, where they shared personal stories of community and immigration journeys. This photo exhibition and story sharing event will highlight their collected oral histories through video interviews as well as portraits by photographers Andria Lo and Ella Chang as a part of the AAPI Elder Voices Project.
About the AAPI Elder Voices Project: Amid the unrelenting pandemic, our AAPI seniors have endured isolation, insecurity, and fear from widespread xenophobia. Through the healing power of personal and community oral history, this project aims to uplift the voices and rich experiences of our elders. Made possible by the generous support of the Senior Assistance Foundation East Bay, the AAPI Elder Voices Project comes out of OACC’s Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project which began in 2006. For more info, visit www.chinatownmemories.org