Pushing Boundaries of What It Means to Be American

March 18, 2019


Purpose was thrilled to host First Generation Conversation with AIGA NY and the First Gen Burden Podcast in our New York office last week. The event featured a panel discussion and podcast recording with creatives who represent a cross-section of the underserved immigrant population in New York and beyond.

Our inspiring panelists included illustrator and designer Eugenia Mello from Argentina, artist and jewelry designer Kelly Shami from New York City, and multidisciplinary designer/art director Zipeng Zhu from China.

The event included a rich conversation about the trials and triumphs of these individuals, their methods of breaking past barriers, and what it means to represent yourself and your culture in today’s creative industry.

First Generation Conversation is a live version of the First Generation Burden Podcast, which is a series of conversations with immigrants and the children of immigrants in the creative community, hosted by Rich Tu.


First Generation Conversation is part of the Fresh Dialogue event series. These events are critical discussions that focus on current events, issues of cultural relevance and emerging topics in the world of design. Learn more at: aigany.org

Photo credit: Fernando Villela instagram.com/fernando.villela

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