The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Trivia Bee, Never An Empty Bowl

September 22, 2010

Wednesday September 22nd -- Pleasanton & San Francisco

The Lucky Ones Reading & Book Signing

Mae Ngai, author of The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America, will be reading from her book -- which follows 100 years of one of the first Chinese immigrant families and their rise to the middle class.

11:30 am to 1 pm

Towne Center Books

555 Main St, Pleasanton, CA

6 pm

Book Passage

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

Thursday September 23rd -- NYC

Trivia Bee Fundraiser

Register to compete in a battle of trivia and wits in the areas of Humanities, Sports & Leisure, Arts, and more. All proceeds will support the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), which provides a safe and supportive social, political, and educational space for gay, bisexual, and questioning men and transgender people of API heritage in New York. More info here.

7 to 10 pm

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Sq South

Individual and team registration here

Thursday September 23rd to Saturday September 25th -- NYC

The Politics and Poetics of Refugees Symposium

This symposium will explore the contributions that the humanities and cultural studies make to our understanding of refugee experiences. The event will bring together scholars and practitioners who engage refugees as artists, activists, and consultants. More info and schedule here.

Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU

20 Cooper Square, 4th floor, New York

Friday September 24th to October 3rd -- San Francisco

Transforming Fictions Artist Receptions

Meet and mingle with Kearny Street Workshop artists-in-residence every Friday at the de Young Museum: Ala Ebtekar, Julie Chang, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Erica Chong Shuch. More info here.

6 to 8 pm; with Pireeni Sundaralingam

de Young Museum

Kimball Education Gallery

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco


Friday September 24th -- NYC

An Evening for Pakistan with Fatima Bhutto: Songs of Blood and Sword

 Fatima Bhutto's third book, Songs of Blood and Sword, details her complicated childhood in Pakistan, wrestling with national history — from Partition to the post 9/11 “War on Terror” — and its relationship to her father’s assassination and her family’s political dynasty. Join Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation as she speaks with one of Pakistan’s most provocative voices. More info here.

6:30 pm

Asia Society

725 Park Avenue, New York

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic with Natalie Kim and Samantha Chanse

Join New York natives actress Natalie Kim and writer and performer Samantha Chanse for this monthly open mic. More info and sign-up here.

9 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

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

$5 suggested donation Fashion Week and Moon Festival Celebration

Join for a night with fashionable folks to celebrate Moon Festival.
Drink and dinner discounts, plus mooncakes to share. Special guests include fashion designers Joyce Huang and Meiling Chen. Music by DJ J4, who has released four rap albums in Taiwan.

7 to 11 pm

China 1 Restaurant Lounge

50 Avenue B, New York

FREE with RSVP: email full name to RSVP [at] before 9/23 midnight!

$10 without RSVP

Saturday September 25th and Sunday Septeber 26th -- San Francisco

15th Annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival

Join a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, cultural performances, and activities for the family -- in the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the US, with over 110 teams. More info and schedule here.

10 am to 5 pm

Treasure Island, San Francisco

Sunday September 26th -- Nationwide

9500 Liberty World TV Premiere & Webcast

MTV Networks will bring the documentary 9500 Liberty into 100 million homes this weekend on MTV2, MTV U, and MTV Tr3s. The film shows how citizens in Nothern Virginia joined forces to combat anti-immigrant extremism and regain control of county government. Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler will also host a live webcast Premiere Party and Q&A starting at 7 pm EST from the Coffee Party Convention in Louisville, KY.

Film at 8 pm EST and 8 pm PST, check local listings for other time zones

Join the 7 pm EST webcast here

Monday September 27th -- NYC

Never An Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia

             Harry Nesbitt/IRRI

The Asia Society and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are celebrating the launch of  joint report Food Security and Sustainability in Asia, with featured speakers on the issue. More info here.

2:30 to 5 pm

Ford Foundation

320 E 43rd St



Second Generation(2g) Ten-Minute Play Contest

This contest presented by 2g is designed to foster the work of new and emerging Asian American playwrights. Finalists will have a public staged reading in NYC in fall 2010, using a shared company of actors and directors. Up to three finalists will be commissioned by 2g to adapt their 10-minute play into a full-length. More info here. Deadline: October 1, 2010.

Asian American Writers' Workshop Writers Gym -- NYC

In order to help incubate the next generation of emerging Asian American writers, AAWW is offering the Writer Gym, with a 24/7 access work area, brand new desk space designed by Goil Amornvivat, and the ability to join nine other writers at the gym. More info, prices, and application here.