Celebrate People's History: Angel Island Liberty Association

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.113
Artist:
Christine Wong Yap
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
August 2020
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a white, black, and red poster. Two men are passing a dish with a note underneath it to each other. There is a title "Angel Island Liberty Association" with Chinese text following it. There is a paragraph in Chinese text and then beneath it a paragraph in English. The latter reads: “The Angel Island Liberty Association (or “Self-governing Association”) was a mutual aid society run by Chinese detainees at the Angel Island Immigration Station from 1922 to about 1952. With the help of Chinese American kitchen staff, the Association smuggled letters to help detainees pass detailed immigration interrogations. Letters were folded inside wax paper and taped to the bottom of dishes.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.