The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: (re)present, EthnoLA

May 5, 2010

Wednesday May 5th -- NYC

Nomi Network Spring Cocktail and Awards Ceremony

Join this anti-trafficking nonprofit as it presents its Abolitionist Award to Ruchira Gupta -- activist, journalist and film director. Nomi Network will also be highlighting the launch of their spring collection of handbags and totes. Proceeds will go towards Nomi's design and product development work with partner organizations in Cambodia, and help provide survivors with good wages, benefits, and continued career development.

6:30 pm

Hotel on Rivington

107 Rivington St, New York

$100 -- $ 125; tickets here

Wednesday MAy 5th -- San Francisco

Girl In Translation Reading

Hyphen proudly sponsors author Jean Kwok's reading of her new novel Girl In Translation. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Through Kimberly's story, Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires. More info here.

6 to 7:30 p.m.

1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco


Thursday May 6th -- Seattle

Wing Luke First Thursday

Come to the Wing Luke Asian Museum for its free First Thursdays exhibits and presentations. Includes poetry with Koon Woon (The Truth in Rented Rooms) and a presentation by author Robert Eric Barde (Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion and Angel Island) about immigration through San Francisco and Angel Island. More info here.

5:30 pm: Koon Woon

6:15 pm: Immigration presentation

Wing Luke Asian Museum

719 South King St, Seattle


Thursday May 6th -- San Jose

South Bay First Thursdays: (re)present

An event featuring live artists who (re)present AAPI history in the making and their interpretation of art, performance, and ingenuity. Featuring musical performances, hip-hop, dance, martial arts, spoken word, and visual art. More info and artist lineup here.

8 to 10 pm

Theater on San Pedro Square

29 North San Pedro St, San Jose


Friday May 7th -- Philadelphia

The World Through Our Eyes Opening Reception

Asian Arts Initiative -- in partnership with Mia-lia Kiernan -- presents "The Word Through Our Eyes", a statement by youth countering the stereotypes of artistic and emotion desolation in developing Cambodia. With performances by AZI Fellas and Dreamers Crew. Print sales will benefit Tiny Toones hip-hop youth center in Phnom Penh. Exhibit runs through June 25, 2010, Tues-Fri 10 am to 6 pm.

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

FREE, donations gladly accepted

Friday May 7th -- NYC

Do You Copy: War According to Poets

How do poets engage with narratives of war? From the Philippines to Iran, displacement and trauma at the hands of warfare affects Asian American writing in the US today. Join poets Wing Tek Lum and Kaveh Bassiri, and editor Luis Francia. More info here.

7 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Friday May 7th --  San Francisco

I Hotel Book Launch

APICC and Coffee House Press launch Karen Tei Yamashita’s new novel I HOTEL with a multimedia reading and reception. This multi-voiced fusion of prose, screenplay, graphic art, and history spins an epic tale of Asian America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1968-1977. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I HOTEL follows students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs as they unite to save the International Hotel—epicenter of the Yellow Power movement.

6 pm

International Hotel

868 Kearny Street, San Francisco

Saturday May 8th -- Los Angeles

Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Target Free Family Day

Celebrate International Children’s Day at the JANM with crafts, readings, performances, and food tastings for the whole family. Includes  koi nobori (Japanese fish kite) making, origami-folding, and a puppet show. More info here

11 am to 4 pm

369 East First St, Los Angeles


Sunday May 9th -- Oakland

Spring Dishes from Tibet

This culinary workshop will focus on Sah Paley, a classic Tibetan picnic dish from Amdho Provence. Participants will also learn how to make Himalayan salad. Presented by Tsering Wangmo -- performer, restaurateur, and author of the Lhasa Moon Tibetan Cookbook.

10 am to 1:30 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Suite 290

$5 -- $30 donation to cover materials

Register by calling (510) 637-0462

Monday May 10th -- Los Angeles

EthnoLA: Revisioning Community and Culture

An evening of films by students of the Center for EthnoCommunications program, highlighting the diverse experiences of people across Los Angeles County. This retrospective screening aims to bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members to share stories that provide a lens into multi-ethnic Los Angeles. EthnoLA features six films that highlight a range of issues, including the struggles of low-income students at Belmont High School; South Asian motel owners, a skateboard crew in Long Beach, Pilipinos in the Los Angeles hip hop scene in the mid-90s, and one of the Bus Riders’ Union’s eldest organizers, Grandma Kim. Includes Q&A with the filmmakers and light refreshments. More info here.

7 to 8:30 pm

Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles


Monday May 10th -- NYC

Belle Yang: Forget Sorrow

Writer and artist Belle Yang reads from her debut graphic memoir Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale. Written while at her parents’ home escaping the harassment of an abusive ex-boyfriend, Yang explored her family's rich and tumultuous past through famine, war, and changing fortunes in 19th-century China.

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Asia Society

725 Park Ave, New York

$15/$12/$10 tickets here

Tuesday May 11th -- Nationwide

Naomi Hirahara on

Sign up for's free webcast interview with Naomi Hirahara, award-winning author of Blood Hina, a new Mas Arai murder mystery. More info and registration here.

6 pm PST / 9 pm EST


D.C. Asian Pacific Amrican Film Festival Call For Submissions

The D.C. APA Film will hold its 11th Annual Film Festival from October 7 - 16 in downtown Washington D.C. Last year's 10th anniversary festival was a huge success for APA film, with sold out screenings and workshops. Since 2000, DC APA Film has had more than 20,000 in attendance during our 10-day festival. The DC APA Film Fest will accept submissions of all types of films, including Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Music Video and Experimental. More info and guidelines here. Deadline: Saturday, May 8.