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Guide to the Q-Wave Costumes and Posters from Lunar New Year for All Parades TAM.685

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Collection processed by Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 23, 2021
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect inclusion of 2018 accretion.  , August 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Q-Wave
Source: Lunar New Year For All
Title: Q-Wave Costumes and Posters from Lunar New Year for All Parades
Dates [inclusive]: 2014-2017
Abstract: Q-Wave is a community organization dedicated to the support of and advocacy for individuals of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender variant, or questioning. The organization aims to promote visibility and empowerment through various forms of social, political, and educational organizing, including lectures, workshops, film screenings, and participation in public demonstrations. This collection consists of materials created and used for the Q-Wave contingent of the 2014 and 2015 Lunar New Year for All parades in New York City. Materials include a rainbow sash, two sheep costumes to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, and 14 demonstration posters with messages in Chinese, English, and Japanese promoting inclusivity and challenging homophobia and discrimination.
Quantity: 5 Linear Feet in 2 record cartons, 1 small flat box, 13 oversize flat files, and 1 oversize portfolio
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in Chinese, English, and Japanese.
Call Phrase: TAM.685

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Historical/Biographical Note

Q-Wave is a community organization dedicated to the support of and advocacy for individuals of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender variant, or questioning. The organization aims to promote visibility and empowerment through various forms of social, political, and educational organizing, including lectures, workshops, film screenings, and participation in public demonstrations like Lunar New Year parades. Q-Wave often collaborates with other groups in their efforts, including The Asian Pride Project, Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Project Reach NYC, SALGA-NYC, and Tarab NYC.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials created and used for the Q-Wave contingent of the 2014 and 2015 Lunar New Year for All parades, a collaborative effort between Q-Wave, Project Reach NYC, and Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) that encourages participation in Lunar New Year parades in the greater New York City area. Materials include a rainbow sash, two sheep costumes to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, and 14 demonstration posters with messages in Chinese, English, and Japanese promoting inclusivity and challenging homophobia and discrimination.

20 oversize posters added to the collection in 2018 feature signs and artwork from the 2017 Lunar New Year for All parade. Posters contain writing in English and Chinese celebrating the year of the rooster, which feature hand drawn and painted artwork by parade participants.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received by the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • GAPIMNY
  • Lunar New Year For All

Subject Topics

  • Asian American gays.
  • Asian Americans -- Civil rights.
  • Pacific Islander American sexual minorities.
  • Pacific Islander American gays.
  • Asian Americans (LGBTQ)
  • Demonstrations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Asian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Q-Wave or Lunare New Year For All, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Q-Wave Costumes and Posters from Lunar New Year for All Parades; TAM 685; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Stephanie Hsu on behalf of Lunar New Year For All in 2015. The accession number associated with this gift is 2016.009. Stephanie Hsu donated an additional 20 posters from the 2017 Lunar New Year for All parade in 2018. The accession number associated with this gift is 2018.093.

Processing Information

At the time of accessioning, materials were moved into archival housing and a collection-level record was created to describe the materials. No arrangement or other physical interventions were performed at this time. In 2018 an accretion of 20 posters was added to the collection and described in the file list as Year of the Rooster Parade Posters.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Year of the Sheep Costumes
2014-2015
Box: 2
Box: 3 Rainbow Sash
2014-2015
Flat-File-Folder: 1 Parade Signs and Posters
2014-2015
Flat-File-Folder: 1 Left
Flat-File-Folder: 1 Left
Flat-File-Folder: 2 Left
Flat-File-Folder: 3 Left
Flat-File-Folder: 1 Right
Flat-File-Folder: 2 Right
Flat-File-Folder: 3 Right
Flat-File-Folder: 1 Year of the Rooster Parade Posters
2017
Flat-File-Folder: 2
Flat-File-Folder: 3
Flat-File-Folder: 4
Flat-File-Folder: 5
Oversize: OS Portfolio 1

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