Blog: Author: Caron Guigli

Malden Reads: A Citizen Lyceum Forum

Join us for an evening of film and discussion around the PBS documentary “The Chinese Exclusion Act.” The program will be held here at the Malden Public Library on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Association of Arab Women, the Chinese Culture Connection, MaldenCORE (Community Organizing for Racial Equity), and the Malden Public Library.

Roger Desrosiers from the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education will lead the conversation related to the Chinese Exclusion Act. Malden Reads began co-hosting lyceums in 2018; they are opportunities to become engaged citizens through civic and civil dialogue. This is the third in the lyceum series, and Roger is participating again upon special request. Feel free to attend this even if you didn’t make it to the lyceums last year!

The Citizen Lyceum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope that you can join us and bring a friend!

Still image from “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

Art Reception March 7th for Lisa L. Sears

Join us Thursday, March 7 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art March Artist Lisa L. Sears! “The Ones Who Stayed and the Ones Who Left” is a collection of paintings and drawings on paper and canvas examining a sense of place, what is considered “home,” nostalgia, immigration and belonging. The exhibit is the culmination of over four years in the making and many more years of ruminating. It grew out of my favorite conversation starter: “Where were you born and what do you consider home?”

Lisa’s art will be on exhibit at the Library through the month of March.

Mayor’s Book Discussion & Special Presentation

On Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm at the Malden Public Library, join Mayor Gary Christenson  for a lively discussion of this year’s Malden Reads selection, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

The event will begin with a special presentation by Shuenn Liou, a member of the Bunang tribe, an ethnic minority in the Yunnan province of China, where the story of Li-yan and her family is based. She will give an audio visual presentation on the people of that area, the geography, culture, history, economy, and how the region and people have been affected by the political events of China in recent history.

Shuenn has read the book and will stay for the discussion following the presentation. The Chinese Culture Connection will be serving tea. We hope you can join us for this special event.

To sign up, email maldenreads@gmail.com and make sure you specify “Mayor’s Book Discussion” in the subject line. This event is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and the Chinese Culture Connection.

Artist Reception: December 10th

Join us Monday, December 10 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Reception of our Rotating Art December Artist Maria Tiro! Tiro’s exhibit features beautiful miniature art that has a lot of detail. One of the most exquisite pieces is titled “Winter on the Common” that is black and white with just a hint of blue. Her work will be on display at the Library for the month of December.