The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: 1969, DisOrient Film Festival

April 20, 2010


Tuesday April 20th to Sunday April 25th -- Los Angeles

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)

The Eighth Annual IFFLA features a rich mix of programs designed to build and support the growing interest in Indian film, as well as supporting filmmakers of Indian descent in career development, as they navigate the studio system in Hollywood. Tickets and schedule info here.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

Wednesday April 21st -- NYC

History as Art, Art as History

This book release event presents the work of Asian American artists who work with archives. History as Art, Art as History pioneers methods for using contemporary works of art in the social studies and art classroom to enhance understanding of visual culture and history. Presentation and Q & A with author Dipti Desai.

6 to 8 pm

A/P/A Institute at NYU

41-51 East 11th St, 7th floor


Tuesday April 20th -- Oakland

Rally Against Crimes Targeting Seniors and Minorities

The Oakland Asian community will hold a rally and press conference in Oakland to denounce the recent assaults on Tiansheng Yu and other seniors and people of color. Held with a multicultural coalition of community leaders, including Congresswoman Barabara Lee and Oakland City Council Members.

1 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth St, Suite 290

Thursday April 22nd -- San Francisco

Identities and Influence: Emerging Asian American Women Writers

Two novelists, a short story writer, and a poet discuss what influences and inspires their writing, and how they navigate their identity as Asian American Women writers. Featuring Anita Amirrezvani, Kathryn Ma, Shawna Yang Ryan, and Hyphen's own former literary editor and blogger Barbara Jane Reyes. More info here.

7:30 pm

Fromm Hall

University of San Francisco


Stella Zhang Solo Exhibition

Contemporary artist Stella Zhang will exhibit 0-Viewpoint -- a large-scale installation that expresses the complex emotional landscape shaped by cultural and migratory shifts, as experienced through the lens of immigrant and woman. On view through September 5, 2010. More info here.

Opening Reception: 6 pm (RSVP here)

Chinese Culture Center

750 Kearny St, 3rd floor, San Francisco


Thursday April 22nd -- NYC

The Voice that Speaks Across the Distance: Meena Alexander and Reetika Vazirani

Join this celebration of Meena Alexander's Poetics of Dislocation and the late Reetika Vazirani's Radha Says. Both poets have been influential in naming a collective language of migration and loss. Poets Patrick Rosal and Harriet Levin will also read from Vazirani's work.

7 to 9 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

16 W 32nd St, 10th floor, New York

$5 suggested donation


Friday April 23 -- NYC

Operation Babylift Screening and Panel

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam tells the story of the $2 million dollar US initiative that airlifted 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of the war-torn country under the impending threat of Communism. These adoptees grew up facing unique challenges in America, including prejudice and cultural identity crises. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Tammy Nguyen Lee and adoptee participants on the issues faced by adoptees from Asia.

6:30 to 9 pm

Cantor Film Center

36 East 8th St, New York


Friday April 23rd to Saturday April 24th -- San Francisco

Diaspora Tales #2: 1969

"1969" is the next episode of Francis Wong's compositional cycle exploring and expressing his family's experience in the diaspora, from his parents' journey as refugees of the Chinese civil war to Hong Kong to the US. "1969" commemorates the 40th anniversary of the UC Berkeley Third World Strike for ethnic studies. Featuring music by the Francis Wong Unit, spoken word by A.K. Black, dance by Lenora Lee, and media design by Olivia Ting.

4/23 -- 8 pm

4/24 -- 8 pm


1310 Mission St, San Francisco

$15 / $10 students; tickets here

Friday April 23rd to Sunday April 25th -- Eugene, OR

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

The DisOrient Film Festival is returning for its fifth year, with six features and 20 shorts, including selections from young local Eugene/Springfield filmmakers. With Opening Night Feature Mr. Sadman by Patrick Epino, and a performance by R&B singer/songwriter Dawen. Full schedule and tickets here.

Saturday April 24th -- University of Maryland

Asian American Literature Symposium

A day-long celebration with eight of today's most accomplished and exciting Asian American writers. Includes readings, Q&A sessions, and book signings. More info here

10am -- 11:30 am: Peter Bacho and Ru Freeman

11:30 am -- 1 pm: Ed Lin and Srikanth Reddy

1 pm -- 2:30 pm: Kyoko Mori and April Naoko Heck

2:30 pm -- 4 pm: Karen Yamashita and Sonya Chung

4 pm -- 5 pm: Book Signing

Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Univeristy of Maryland, College Park


The Girl You'll Never Forget: Fiction Workshop with Meera Nair -- NYC

This six-week workshop with Asian American Literary Award-winner Meera Nair will use fun exercises and class readings to creative memorable, complex characters that are the hallmark of good fiction. Suitable for all levels. More info here.

Tuesdays April 27th to June 1st: 7 to 8:30 pm

The Workshop

16 W 32nd St, 10th floor, New York

$250 general / $225 Workshop members; register here