Last Major Project: Server Organization

Last Major Project: Server Organization

Hey Everybody!   I know I haven’t been the best blogger known to humanity this summer, but hopefully I can remedy that with this last post. I’m here to tell you all about my last project here at Asian Arts Initiative: restructuring and redesigning the nonprofit’s server. Now, I know when I say “server”, some of you will think of this: But it’s not quite like that. It’s more along the lines of taking this And turning it into this Which, to be honest, is easier said than done. If you set out with the goal of tidying up your own PC, perhaps this would be a relatively easy task. You could create, organize, and fashion any type of structure that works best for your own personal interests. But for an organization with multiple departments, each with their own veritable sea of projects and documents to manage? Creating the appropriate, uniform structure that best suits the needs of the organization as a whole is no longer so simple. In addition to the physical structure of the server, there are also the problems of creating a unanimous style to naming files to be used with the entire organization, installing some sort of protocol in order to keep the server clean over the upcoming years… However, that is where I come in! (Go intern power!) Before I began to draft the first version of the new server structure, I went to each department and ask for their feedback on a variety of topics, such as what types of documents they handle most and what they view the server’s function to be...
12th & Vine? Consider it Asian Arts Initiative

12th & Vine? Consider it Asian Arts Initiative

One may consider there to be nothing north of Chinatown proper save for the long stretch of pavement we call the I-676, but there’s a little gem just on the other side that you may not know about. Asian Arts Initiative is a place that supports and advocates for Asian American artists to create and share their works with the Philadelphia community. As an intern at Asian Arts Initiative, I work closely with Asian American artists and the other members of Asian Arts Initiative coordinate events such as the upcoming Art Cart appearance at the Callowhill Night Market and other similar events. The latest event I had a hand in was the building-wide BBQ that helped to connect some of our resident studio-renting artists with local members of the community. (photo by Andrew Tan) More updates on the way about things here at Asian Arts Initiative! Cooro out~ P.S. Don’t forget to check out upcoming events on our Facebook page! This is kind of a shameless post considering I help manage the social media pages, but nevertheless you should check it...
On Interning at Asian Arts Initiative

On Interning at Asian Arts Initiative

I am currently interning at Asian Arts Initiative, a non-profit organization located in Chinatown North. It takes approximately an hour to get from Apartment 42 to 1219 Vine Street. Approximately half of this time is spent on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail, which glides amicably between local stations, starting and stopping for drowsy commuters. I have tried to use this time to read The Variety of Religious Experience by William James, but I’ve more often than not been too distracted by the shifting green-then-grey path my train paces along. The syncopated clatter of the tracks below and the slow rhythm of street lights between Jefferson Station and AAI have become familiar parts of my day. I have been doing my best to listen to as much new music as possible and have found that there are some releases that lend themselves to the experience of public transit phenomenally. For example, the hypnotic thundering of Porter Ricks harmonizes with the whir and shudder of the train wonderfully. When paired with the receding smear of suburbia between 30th Street and Overbrook Stations, the effect is somewhat cathartic. At work I’ve been performing a variety of tasks like emailing artists and designing flyers, post cards, etc. I’ve worked at some of AAI’s events after hours and on weekends. Everything thus far has expose me to different ways of thinking and communicating with others. As a result, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the minutiae that go into running organizations, especially non-profits. I am happy to say that I have made some good friends at AAI and have also met a handful of local...
Summer at Asian Arts Initiative

Summer at Asian Arts Initiative

This summer I’m interning at Asian Arts Initiative, which is an arts non-profit located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North. One of the many things that that means is that my lunch breaks are awesome. Days when I forget to bring my already-packed, budget-friendly lunches from home are days I get to try a new restaurant. In the picture above you can see my banh mi and chrysanthemum tea in the moments before I devoured them, purchased from a fantastic little shop (though the client base in there that day did bring a certain word to mind…hint: the word is gentrification). I’ve also been scoping out all the boba tea shops in the area (somehow it seems like I’ve never sampled quite enough to settle on a favorite…). At the end of the day I stop into one of the numerous little markets to pick up some groceries. The only downside for me is the lack of Korean food in the area, though you know, it being Chinatown I can’t really complain. After one day dragging my sad Korean feet from market to market in pursuit of sesame leaves (which I guess are just a Korean thing?), I realized I would have to return to Upper Darby and the land of H-Mart for a few of my grocery staples. (Though I did find a Chinatown market that sells kimchee, so not all is lost!) If you have any suggestions of places to check out in Chinatown, let me know! I might just have to forget to pack a lunch a little more...