I fumbled my clothes on and ran after her, half expecting to see that we were being sued for something I had written, only to find that "Pacific Fusion" on Channel 4 was re-running a segment on Hyphen they'd taped nearly a year ago. Why, I asked myself, why? The answer came to me a few minutes later when my roommate was flipping channels in search of her cooking show and came across the last half of "Daughter from Danang" on KQED.
IT'S API HERITAGE MONTH!!!
Yes chicks and chicos, it's May first, celebrated by the rest of the world as May day, and known by the slant-eyed of the northern part of the Western Hemisphere as the first of 31 intense, coercive, togetherness-packed days of kulintangplayin'-taikodrummin'-streetfestwalkin'-foodeatin'-panelattendin'-artlookin'-dancelearnin'-publictelevisionwatchin'-independentfilmaudiencin'-workshoptakin'-dead-serious-Asian-Pacific-American-community love.
I'm exhausted already, but being the good little shrilly outspoken half-Asian that I am, I'm gonna be goin' out to community events like gangbusters. Here are some highlights:
• May 3-29: Kearny Street Workshop's visual arts exhibition Pirated: A Post-Asian Perspective runs for most of the month at Somarts cultural center and includes a schedule of related events. I think the title says it all, but if you're looking for a little post-Asian in your API Heritage Month, check out the website and make your way down there this Thursday evening for the opening (sure to include tasty snacks.)
• May 1 - June 18: The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center offers its United States of Asian America multidisciplinary festival, of which the abovementioned exhibition is a part. This is the center of the whirlwind this month! Check out the schedule, there's something for every taste!
NEW YORK CITY
• May 8: The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans offers its 26th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in Union Square, with additional events on May 1 and May 10. Jet Li will be there! (is he Asian American? Does he live here now? How exciting! Will he get to kiss a girl in public?)
• May 7/8: Our very own editor-in-cheek Melissa Hung curates the annual film showcase Slant: Bold Asian American Images from her high perch here in SF. Tell me that's not centralization! Go to the website and scroll down for information. And bring your moms for mother's day tea on May 8.
• ALL MONTH: I can't tell you which of these to attend, since I don't know the cityscape, but the AA Press has an online schedule of events throughout the month of May in the twin cities
• The National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) presents an annual month-long program of television with PBS and film screenings for Heritage month. Check out the website for more information.
• Or just try googling "API Heritage Month" and your city or region.
Please feel free to post your (any) API Heritage local events here! And have a good month!