Beautiful gold figurines of Buddha, ingots, money toads, and fu dogs

Pearl River in 2018: A Year in Review

The bright and shiny New Year is here, and we have a lot to be excited about. The opening of our third store — located in the esteemed Museum of Chinese in America — and Year of the Pig goodies and festivities just to start! But we also have lots to celebrate as we look back at 2018.

Hiroyuki Ito’s Flip Flop Diary

Photographer Hiro Ito posing in front of his photographs

We opened 2018 with an incredible exhibition from New York Times freelance photographer, Hiroyuki Ito. His 250 beautiful black and white photos captured Japan, its people, land, traditions, and everyday life. Learn more in our interview with the artist.

Happy Year of the Dog!

Children laugh and play in traditional Chinese clothes

Woof woof! We celebrated a dog-tastic Lunar New Year with cultural fun facts, lots of events, and appearances on NY1 and CBS.

Xin Song Sparkles

Artist Xin Song poses in front of her installation piece

We were thrilled to have contemporary papercut artist Xin Song show off her amazing skills in her art exhibition and live performance.

Partying with Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart poses in front of our large decorative dragons

Every year Martha Stewart pulls out all the stops to celebrate her grandchildren's birthdays, and we were happy to add our “show-stopping dragons” to her Lunar New Year theme.

SinoVision's My Town, Chinatown Gets an Emmy Nom

Joanne Kwong in documentary My Town, My Chinatown

We were so honored to be part of Sinovision’s My Town, Chinatown series along with Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Wing on Wo & Co., and to be able to share the story of Pearl River. Not only that, the program was nominated for a New York EmmyⓇ Award!

Yingqian Cao’s Illusion of Certainty

Artist Yingqian Cao posing by her abstract sculpture

In 2018 we hosted our first ever abstract art exhibition. Multimedia artist Yingqian Cao used ink, watercolors, and sculpture to explore and disrupt the illusions of peace and certainty.

Museum of Chinese in America: A Celebration of Heroes

Honorees of a Celebration of Community Heroes by the Museum of Chinese in America

Every year the incredible Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA) celebrates its community heroes, and this year we were humbled and honored to be included alongside fellow nominees NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, Citi Habitat's Victoria Rong, and Kamwo Herbs founder Carl Shan Leung.

Collabs! Collabs! Collabs!

Joanne Kwong with Covry founders Athina Wang and Florence Shin

We always love collaborating with Asian American designers and entrepreneurs, and 2018 was no different. We got shiny with Jimmy Crystal’s Swarovski-embedded collection and looked cool with Covry’s sunwear. We dressed up with Rail + River by Jon Sukarangsan and beautified with premier K-beauty line Peach & Lily. We got our Chinatown Swagger on with the makers of the 9-Man documentary and embraced our inner crazy cat ladies with Koneko Cat Cafe. Finally we feasted on gourmet chocolate bars from Kee’s Chocolates.

The Mississippi Delta Chinese by Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn

Photographers Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn posing in front of their photos

Through a mixture of audio recordings, portraiture, and environmental photography, this project from New York-based photographers Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn explored the lives of the Chinese community in the rural South.

Our Mary Janes in New York Magazine

Woman wearing black mary jane shoes

We were so excited to see our classic Mary Jane shoes in New York Magazine this summer, not just once but twice!

Celebrating Pride with BUBBLE_T

Joanne Kwong with members of Bubble_T collective

BUBBLE_T + Pearl River = BFF! We had so much fun with Asian American artists collective, BUBBLE_T, collaborating on a limited edition BUBBLE_T x Pearl River T-shirt and celebrating Pride month.

Dingding Hu: An Illustrated Journey of a Starving Artist

Illustrator Dingding Hu in front of her work

Illustrator Dingding Hu’s whimsical drawings decorated our gallery walls this summer and made us hungry. Learn more about the artist.

Crazy for 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Crazy Rich Asians movie poster

This year we also went crazy over romcom summer hit, Crazy Rich Asians. We were lucky enough to attend a sneak preview and had fun hosting a ticket giveaway.

Parasoling with the Millennial Pink Party

Young man posing with pink parasol

We loved seeing our parasols and lanterns in the Millennial Pink Party, an annual gathering of that generation’s leaders, tastemakers, and gamechangers, with all ticket proceeds going toward the support of Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood.

Feet in Two Worlds Podcast: A Personal History of Pearl River

Exterior of Pearl River Mart in the 1980s

In this moving episode of the Feet in Two Worlds podcast, Michelle Chen, the daughter of Pearl River owners Mr. and Mrs. Chen, relates the history of the store. Included is commentary from longtime employee Wilkie Wong, famed photographer and historian Corky Lee, and Mr. and Mrs. Chen themselves.

Yumi Sakugawa’s Fashion Forecasts

Former Pearl River artist-in-residence Yumi Sakugawa in front of her mural

We had the honor of hosting this trippily insightful exhibition from Ignatz Award nominated comic book artist and writer, Yumi Sakugawa, and curator Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Miss the exhibition? You can still get some of Yumi’s books on our website.

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with the NYC Council

Group photo of Pearl River family members and council member Margaret Chin celebrating MidAutumn Festival

The New York City Council held its first-ever Mid-Autumn Festival  and we got to be a part of it! We were among those recognized for contributions to improving Chinese-U.S. relations, including Grammy-nominated concert pianist Lang Lang; Alan Ong, President of Community District Education Council 26; and Yijia Yin, a pianist and lecturer from China's Central Conservatory of Music.

Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns

Former artists-in-residence Huiying B. Chan and Diane Wong in front of their photographs of different Chinatowns around the world

In our last art exhibition of the year, scholar, artists, and activists, Diane Wong and Huiying B. Chan, use photographs and other artifacts to document and explore what they learned on their travels to different Chinatowns across the country and around the world.

We Got a Room with Carson Kressley and BravoTV

Celebrity fashion expert Carson Kressley with Pearl River president Joanne Kwong having fun in Pearl River's Tribeca store

We had so much fun hosting the gracious and hilarious Carson Kressley, as well as his wonderful crew, as they shot an episode of BravoTV’s Get a Room with Thom and Carson. You can watch a preview clip and get the whole episode on demand.

New York Magazine Takes a First Look at our MOCA Shop

Blueprint of Pearl River's shop in Museum of Chinese in America with examples of items to be sold (lucky cat, washi tape, white rabbit candy, Woman Warrior book)

You heard right: we’re opening a third location! New York Magazine gave readers a sneak peek at the goodies we’ll be offering, from cultural items like Buddha figurines, money toads, and lucky cats, to yummy Asian snacks, to must-read Chinese American books like The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.

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