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.
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
FREE, RSVP here
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.
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.
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)
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
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
FREE; RSVP here
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
16 W 32nd St, 10th floor, New York
$250 general / $225 Workshop members; register here