Margaret Lam is a Chinese American philanthropist who has devoted herself to uplifting Chinese community and culture in New Jersey. A resident of Montville for almost 50 years, Mrs. Lam started her journey by organizing Chinese residents to participate in the Fourth of July parade. Five years later she joined the Fourth of July Committee. In 1989, Governor Kean invited her to start the New Jersey Chinese Festival, where she continues to serve as a chairperson.
Mrs. Lam's achievements include five terms as the President of the Northern New Jersey Chinese Association. She also served on the Ethnic Advisory Council for Governor Florio. In 2004, Mrs. Lam received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She currently serves as the vice president of the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce.
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BUBBLE_T is a New York-based nightlife collective centering queer Asian visibility, creativity, and expression. It started in the spring of 2017 as an impromptu gathering at a gay bar in Bushwick, a way to celebrate friends, family, and community- no translation needed. Since then, BUBBLE_T has evolved into a roving dance party, activating spaces like MoMA PS1 and Museum of Chinese in America through a confluence of fashion, art, music, and drag.
Organizers Nicholas Andersen, Karlo Bueno Bello, Stevie Huynh, Paul Tran, and Pedro Vidallon foster community through the celebration of shared references: the excesses of Asian cinema, queer Asian futurism, and late night karaoke. A recent party flier recontextualized imagery from the Vietnamese variety show Paris by Night, weaponizing its camp factor into a cornerstone of queer Asian expression. Through the collective memories of our ancestors, Bubble_T pays tribute to our family's festivals, night markets, and all night garage parties. It's a few hours of freedom, a respite from having to explain our culture, our bodies, our selves.