It is with great regret that we share news of Fay Chiang’s passing this past October 2017 of cancer. Fay was one of The Gardarev Center’s inaugural fellows, bringing to our community the loving, generous and open spirit for which she was so well known. A pioneering writer, poet and community activist, Fay played a leadership role in the early days of many New York’s most well known Asian American cultural organizations — as director of The Basement Workshop (the first Asian American nonprofit multidisciplinary cultural organization in NYC and the East coast) and director of the Henry Street Settlement’s Asian American Outreach Program. In recent years she worked for New York’s Project Reach to support youth and adults living with HIV/AIDS. A published writer, playwright poet and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Fay’s work often addressed her experiences growing up as a first generation Chinese American.
Fay completely exemplifies the kind of artist and writer that The Gardarev Center seeks to support. Here she is sharing some of her poetry at a Gardarev Center community event. You can learn more about her here. While she is no longer with us, Fay’s spirit lives on in the lives of those she touched with love and service.