[API Events May 15-21]

May 14, 2006

May 12-20 – Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh’s first annual Silk Screen Film Fest continues through Saturday. Check out the complete schedule here or call 724.969.2565. Tickets are $8.

Wednesday, May 17 – Oakland


Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL) youth and allies bring educational inequity issues to the forefront on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Youth call meeting with State Administrator Randolph Ward. Hundreds of Williams’ Settlement complaint forms have been collected and will be submitted to the School District to demand concrete changes in the Public Schools in Oakland. (4:15-5-30pm, Lincoln Recreational Center, 250 10th St., Oakland. Free).

May 18-20 – Philly


Spoken word due and artists-in-residence Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh perform and release their new CD, “Yellow Rage, Volume 2.” (Open rehearsal: 7-8pm Thursday. Free. Performance and CD release with guests DJ Phillee Blunt of Ill Vibe Collective and Dan Kim of Asians Misbehavin’: 8pm, Friday & Saturday. $5-10. Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia. 215.557.0455 or www.asianartsinitiative.org).

Thursday, May 18 – SF


http://www.thirdthursdays.org ’s
panel, discussion and dinner presents Aftershocks: Destruction, Rebirth and Art Untold stories of the Earthquake and its impact on Chinatown and Japantown. After the devastation of the 1906 earthquake and fire, the Chinatown and Japantown that we know today were built. Both are now landmark cultural destinations for both residents and visitors, but their mere existence was called into question during the rebuilding efforts. (7:00-9:30pm, Japanese Cultural & Community Center. 1840 Sutter St., SF. RSVP here. $5-20. Co-presented by AsianImprov Arts).

Friday, May 19 – Oakland


Activists, organizers and leaders of various Asian American nonprofit organizations will compete to earn the crown of the first-ever Mr. Hyphen Mr. Hyphen. Participants compete in several rounds including talent, fashion and Q&A. Winner takes home cash donation of $500 from Hyphen for the nonprofit he represents. (7-10pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 510.637.0455, 388 9th St., Suite 290, Oakland. $15 presale, $20 at the door).

Saturday, May 20 – SF


Asian Heritage’s Street Festival is this Saturday – check out booths, food, families and cute peoples. Local arts and craftists, chefs, and entertainers, community groups, and media – including Hyphen – check us out here. (11am-6pm, Sunset District. Irving St. between 20th and 25th Aves., SF. Free).


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



Sigh. It's so hard for Asian men to get a break. I guess the public really does think of us as emasculated eunuchs.
Wow! I'm glad to see alot of Asian Am events this week. When will you have a Ms Hyphen? Is there a sliding scale for Mr. Hyphen because $15-$20 is to high for my pockets.
When do you get to see us asian american men represented on stage as sex symbols.. never.. while Asian Women are on TV all the time... theres never any love for us Asian American men... So you should be happy to pay the $15-$20 and support Asian American men!
mr. jinn,You do carry a good point and I want to support our fellow asian americans. I dont want to prejudge on your sexual orientation; however, $15/20 is a lot to ask for from a straight male like myself. I wish to see equal gender represenatation as well for my admission price. A Ms Hyphen would make me want to support this event so much more.As I mentioned I do want to support our community , but perhaps going to an event where asian men are dancing and walking in thier "sleepwear" isnt my top choice in spending my money.
What, just because I am supporting a Mr. contest you call me gay? Thats an ignorant statement Yeung Buck, whatever kinda name is that.. what are you some wannabe Asian rapper... I hope you aren't a misogynistic one, cuz I love my Asian sistas.... As for your point, I don't think its "gay" to support this event at all... its 2006, and it should be ok to support men even if you are straight... As long as its going to a good cause. But I do agree, equal representation would have been nice, maybe next year we will have a Ms. Hyphen.
Mr Jinn, whatever your sexual orientation is alright with me. I do support my asian women too!Perhaps with the Mr Hyphen description, I am getting a misconstrued idea of the event.I think this person summed it at best ( I copied and pasted from the "Mr. Hyphen" topic blog),"I think there was already a Mr. Hyphen like event not to long agohttp://flickr.com/photos/92075187@N00/Posted by: jim kwong at May 15, 2006 03:49 PM"
Yeung, the guy you quote couldn't be more wrong about what this event stands for and how it's going to go down. I responded to his comment directly, and you can check that out if you like. But the best thing you could do is to go, and find out what the hype is all about.