From August 30 through September 15, 2011, a “Post 9/11”: Commemorative Display will be on view in the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room, located in Room L J 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The hours of the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The “Post 9/11”: Commemorative Display at the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room includes a VIP letter of condolence to America from the Dalai Lama, news coverage from various front pages of Asian periodicals, books on 9/11 written in various Asian languages, poetry, commemorative events memorializing the tragedy as in the Tibetan sunrise prayer service on behalf of the victims and families, and “Portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11,” photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Photography Collection.
Key to the Post 9/11 Commemorative is the poetry component, including one poem titled, “9/11 /My Forty First Birthday: Notes for the Poem That I Will Not Write” a compilation of emails written during 9/11 among members of a literary community in Manhattan during the tragedy. (by Eileen R. Tabios)
Selections from the Lia Chang Photography Collection include the shell of the World Trade Center and 12 other images that illustrate how New York’s Chinatown, located just ten blocks from Ground Zero, was the largest residential area affected by 9/11. For eight days following the attack on 9/11, Chinatown south of Canal Street was a “frozen zone” in which all vehicular and non-residential pedestrian traffic was prohibited; and, for nearly two months, Chinatown residents and businesses were effectively isolated by the loss of telephone service.
The images include walls of the missing at Gouverneur Healthcare Services in Chinatown, memorials in New York Chinatown’s Chatham Square and the FDNY Firehouse in Chinatown, portable phone banks provided by Verizon, and idle workers with no business.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Asian Division, the “Post 9/11”: Commemorative Display and the Lia Chang Portfolio “Portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11,” is being held in conjunction with the “Asian American Literary Review Special Issue “Post 9/11” book talk on September 8, from 1:00pm -2:30pm in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Asian Division Foyer L J 149 in Washington D.C. The program will be followed by a book signing.
The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library’s Asian collection of more than 2 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside of Asia. For more information about the division and its holdings, go to www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
August 30 – September 15, 2011
Lia Chang Photography Collection: Portraits of New York Chinatown After 9/11
Library of Congress
Asian Division Reading Room
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street S.E., Room LJ 150
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