D.C. Mondays: Dear Chinatown, D.C.

Friendship Archway, a large ceremonial Chinese arch, in Chinatown, Washington D.C.


Rising costs of living and commercial redevelopment overshadow Chinatown’s cultural assets. The consequence is that aging Chinatown residents are experiencing increased alienation from their neighborhood and younger generations across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area are losing an important cultural touchstone in the city. Dear Chinatown, D.C. is a project to elevate voices from the Asian-American community and the things they treasure most about D.C.’s Chinatown.

In this virtual talk, project researcher and curator Jenn Low will share more about Dear Chinatown, D.C., and this oft-overlooked neighborhood through stories and social histories.   

About Jenn Low 

Jenn Low is communications director at the Urban Studio and deputy director of the 1882 Foundation, where she leads a collection of place-keeping initiatives in D.C.'s Chinatown. With 13 years of experience as a landscape architect and recent studies in integrative design, Low works at the intersection of participatory design and public history, where she seeks to redistribute power in design processes to advance spatial justice. Low is also a core organizer with Dark Matter University, a collective of educators working toward an anti-racist model of design education and practice. She is the project curator and principal researcher for Dear Chinatown, D.C.   

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About the D.C. Mondays Series

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