Talk Story Events

Talk Story events are community gatherings that bring together friends in Chinatown once a month to share stories. The events are rooted in the understanding that the life of the community lies in the power of our stories remembered and shared.

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Talk Story events are made possible through the collaboration of the following organizations:

All Talk Story events are free and open to everyone. We invite you to attend!

Upcoming Talk Story Event


Past Talk Story Events

D.C. Chinatown Community Activism in the 1970s & Open Mic

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016

Come join us at this month's Talk Story where we look into D.C. Chinatown's activism during the 1970s through a photo retrospective. Afterwards, stick around for our open mic!


Chinese American Authors: What They Write About and Why

  • Sunday, April 17, 2016

Join Stan Lou and the 1882 Foundation on a roundtable discussion about Asian American Literature and an exploration of what and why authors write in this genre. Local authors Veronica Li, author of Confucius Says, Andrew Lam, author of Two Sons of China, Scott D. Seligman, author of biographies on Chinese Americans, and Robert Wells, author of Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea, have been invited to share their experience in creating their works. If you are curious about what it takes to become an Asian American author or if you support Asian American Literature, don't miss this opportunity! 

Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016

Author and urban forager Ava Chin explores the writing and meaning of Eating Wildly, a food it and memoir. "I often tagged along with my grandparents down the aisles of Chinese supermarkets. Grandpa knew the secrets of the dried, preserved goods and vegetables tucked away into the stores’ dusty corners...I’m not sure how Grandpa knew what he knew—whether his parents had taught him or he’d learned from the cooks at the restaurant—but I just chalked it up to his being more inherently Chinese than I was and that somehow the knowledge came with the territory...I followed my grandfather over to another bin." Eating Wildly examines family ties, romantic failures and self-discovery while revealing a world of edible/medicinal plants, with recipes and culinary information to stir emotions and enliven taste buds.


Made in the USA: Chinese Food in America

  • Sunday, February 28, 2016

There are over 41,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States. Join Cedric Yeh and Noriko Sanefuji, curators of Smithsonian's Sweet Sour exhibit, in a talk about the history of Chinese restaurants and food in America. From immigrant-only destinations and exotic cuisine to everyday fixtures in American life.


Lion Dance: Finding the Inner Lion, or What Makes it Tick

  • Sunday, January 17, 2016

As the Chinese New Year comes, so do the lions! The cymbals! The drums! The acrobatics! Oh my! But how do you know a good lion dance from a bad lion dance? What is its history in DC? And what does it mean to the inner lion (meaning the guy or gal within the beast)? Join us for a Talk Story event led and demonstrated by Raymond Wong and the Wong People Lion Team.

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