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Chopstick Nation

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2015 by lelandwong

I was invited to participate at the Annual Longhouse Food revival in Berne, New York to make my dumplings.  This year’s theme was chopsticks nation, Chinese food.

It was quite an experience for this Chinatown boy.  Being in a very rural area of upstate New York and not another Chinese for miles around.

Not only was I to make dumplings But to paint the dumpling shack made especially for me.  

I arrived a few days before the event to paint the shack.  It rained but I had to paint no matter what.

I completed the shack by the skin of my ass and immediately began working on the food preparation.  Luckily I was able to get most of the ingredients I needed.

I thought I was going to make all those dumplings by myself but the Junzi Kitchen people and the hand pulled noodle guy….were really Helpful.  

Unfortunately it rained when the event was going on.

We wound up making dumplings in the barn.

The chef at midnight cooking siu yeh.

The chef at midnight cooking siu yeh.

My dumpling shack installation at the annual Longhouse Food Revival in Berne, New York.  I painted it in three days.  Unfortunately it rained on the day of the event and was not able to cook my dumplings from it.

My dumpling shack installation at the annual Longhouse Food Revival in Berne, New York. I painted it in three days. Unfortunately it rained on the day of the event and was not able to cook my dumplings from it.

A side view of my dumpling shack I painted at the Long House Food Revival Chopstick Nation

A side view of my dumpling shack I painted at the Long House Food Revival Chopstick Nation

Molly O'Neill, the brains behind the annual Longhouse Food Revival event.  This year's theme, Chopstick Nation

Molly O’Neill, the brains behind the annual Longhouse Food Revival event. This year’s theme, Chopstick Nation

with some of the yellows at the Chopstick Nation

with some of the yellows at the Chopstick Nation

New York....shit...I'm still in New York.  Never left since I was here 39 years ago in 1976

New York….shit…I’m still in New York. Like I never left since I was here 39 years ago in 1976


After the Chopstick Nation event at upstate New York, I wound up in New York City for six days.  The last time I was here was in 1976.

It’s interesting how I snapped into place as soon as I hit Chinatown.

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Doyers Street, New York Chinatown

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2015 by lelandwong
I guess they don't use those straight razors here anymore.

I guess they don’t use those straight razors here anymore.

If you wanna be smart, hang around with smart people.

If you wanna be smart, hang around with smart people.

Professor  Ava Chin, author Henry Chang and photographer Corkey Lee 

page three photo

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2015 by lelandwong
why is it that this guy sets up his shop in Chinatown?  Is it because no onbe bothers him?

why is it that this guy sets up his shop in Chinatown? Is it because no onbe bothers him?

Draw Dragon

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2015 by lelandwong

A Mental Picture of Leland Wong

Draw Dragon

drawing a dragon at draw me a dragon event.  NJAHS January 25, 2014   Photo by Ted Jang

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Freebies

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2015 by lelandwong

A Mental Picture of Leland Wong

mural and I

Can you believe I still get requests like this?

Hey Leland, can u design an event flier in exchange for tickets to the show plus exposure of your work such as placing your logo onto the flier?

OK…I admit I do get sucked into things like these things all the time.  It’s just the nature of doing art in the community.  I come from the days when doing things for the community was like a duty for the good of the community.  Always getting hit up to do free artwork and photography.  For the people!  People’s art!  Serve the people!  I’m crazy to be still thinking this way.  Not getting any money or very little money for doing art definitely does not bring food to the table nor money for my kids college tuitions.

Look at the recent Leway Reunion poster…that was free and I doubt if the Kanzaki’s are…

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