The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Lao New Year, Last Train Home

April 7, 2010

Saturday April 10th -- San Francisco

International Lao New Year Festival

Promoting and welcoming unity, diversity, and cultural heritage, the International Lao New Year Festival is one of the largest Southeast Asian American festivals in the country. With cultural performances, a Miss Lao International pageant, and an evening gala. More info here.

10 am to 5pm (Evening Gala 7 pm to 1 am)

City Hall Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco


Kollaboration San Francisco

Kollaboration comes to the Bay Area to provide Asian Americans a platform to perform and gain exposure in an otherwise underrepresented entertainment industry. Judges include GLEE's Jarry Shum Jr. and label manager Christina Luna, who will award the winner a $1,000 prize. More info here.

7 pm to midnight

Palace of the Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco

$20; tickets here

Saturday April 10th -- Los Angeles

Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Anniversary Gala

The National Museum’s 2010 Gala Dinner theme celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its incorporation, and will recognize the collective support and contributions by dedicated volunteers and community organizations who have laid the foundation for the Museum to become the home for Japanese American history and community. More info here.

5:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles

$ 175 +; tickets here

Saturday April 10th -- Stanford

Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Culture Night 

The Stanford VSA presents its annual Culture Night, including musical performances, dancers, and a fashion show. The theme for this year -- "Rivers of Time: The Shaping of Generations" -- is based upon the 35th Anniversary of Black April, or the Fall of Saigon. All proceeds will benefit the Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center (IRCC). Free food at intermission. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Stanford University

Free with student ID / $5 without

Tuesday April 13th -- St. Paul

Last Train Home Film Screening and Director Discussion

As part of its APA Heritage Month, Macalester College presents the Minnesota premiere of the award-winning Last Train Home. The film documents the return home of 130 million rural migrant factory workers each Chinese New Year. Followed by a discussion with director Lixin Fan to examine the impact of globalization on tradition, gender roles, and normative nuclear family structures.

7 to 9:30 pm

JBD Lecture Hall

Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul