The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Celluloid E-Motions, Queer Liberalism

October 6, 2010

Wednesday October 6th -- NYC

"That's Absurd": Linh Dinh & Cihan Kaan Reading

Linh Dinh and Cihan Kaan create worlds where Coney Island meets Mars, post-war Saigon backdrops lovelorn characters, and rich boys pay to be Muslim for a day. In Love Like Hate, Linh Dinh uses deadpan humor to explore family dysfunction and Saigon in the last half of the 20th century. In Halal Pork and Other Stories, Kaan spins five urban Sufi tales in the graffiti of Brooklyn, creating an avant-garde, post-9/11 world from the perspective of a young Muslim New Yorker.

7 to 9 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

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

$5 suggested donation

Thursday October 7th -- San Francisco

Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa'i Performance

Come enjoy Hula and Hawaiian music presented by Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa'i, accompanied by Bay Area musician Faith Ako. Come early for dance lessons. Part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. More info here.

6 to 7:30 pm

Jessie Square (Mission St. b.w 3rd and 4th Sts)


Thursday October 7th -- NYC

Origins of Chinese America with Mae Ngai and Aziz Rana

The Asian American Writers' Workshop and Asia Society present authors Mae Ngai (The Lucky Ones) and Aziz Rana (The Two Faces of American Freedom) as they discuss family lives and historical legal battles that offer insight into the Chinese American experience. This multi-genre reading and conversation will look at the Chinese Exclusion Act and Chinese in America from inside and out, revealing their centrality to the American narrative. More info here.

12:30 to 2:30 pm

Asia Society

725 Park Ave, New York

$10 general / $5 students & seniors

Thursday October 7th to Saturday October 16th -- Washington DC

DC APA Film Festival

The 11th Annual DC APA Film Fest will feature a range of films, shorts, and workshops in all genres surrounding API film and filmmakers. More info, tickets, and schedule here.

Friday October 8th and Saturday October 9th -- Philadelphia

Celluloid E-Motions: Courtyard Dancers' 10th Anniversary Celebration

Celluloid E-Motions is an interactive evening of Courtyard Dancers' dance theater, which blurs the boundaries between classical and commercial, traditional and contemporary, and draws from Indian dance, Urdu poetry, and Hindi film lyrics. More info here.

10/8 & 10/9: 7:30 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

$20 general / $15 students; tickets here.

Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th -- Los Angeles

ID Film Fest

A program of the Japanese American National Museum, the ID Film Fest presents works by Asian and Asian American filmmakers that has not yet shown in the Los Angeles area. More info and schedule here.

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 North Central Ave, Los Angeles

Now through October 24th -- Minneapolis

Legacies of War Traveling Exhibition

              Artwork: Malichansouk Kouanchao

Legacies of War, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the Vietnam-era bombing of Laos, advocating for the removal of unexploded bombs, and providing a space for healing the wounds of war through art and culture, presents the Minnesota premiere of its National Traveling Exhibition. The Exhibition tells the story of the U.S. secret bombing in Laos – through the voices and drawings of villagers from Laos and the Lao diaspora at large. Presented in tandem with Refugee Nation's National Traveling Performance. More info and related workshops and film screenings here.

Saturday October 9th -- San Jose

Symphonic China: A Musical Journey Through Chinese Movies

The US debut performance of the China Radio & Film Symphony Orchestra will take the audience through a musical journey of 60 years of Chinese cinema, as over 80 musicians and 200 local singers perform along with select scenes screening in the background. The Symphony has collabrated with composers such as Zhao Jiping (Farewell My Concubine, Red Sorghum) and Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). More info here.

8 pm

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

$25 - $65; tickets here

Sunday October 10th -- Oakland

Chinese American Family History Conference

This conference is for those trying to learn more about theirChinese family's migration and history. Speakers will include experienced researchers and geneologists.

9 am to 5 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Oakland

$25 general / $15 students; registration here


Monday October 11th -- New York

History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos

Join this reading and discussion with author Luis H. Francia for the launch of his latest publication A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos -- which details the history of a pre-Hispanic Philippines through the present. More info here.

6 to 8 pm

NYU Kimmel Center

60 Washington Square South, Rm 914, New York


Tuesday October 12th -- NYC

Queer Liberalism & the Racialization of Intimacy

This lecture by David L. Eng will draw from his recent book The Feeling of Kinship, in which Eng investigates the emergence of "queer liberalism" and the concept of "queer diasporas" as a critical response. He also analyzes Asian and Asian American arts and demonstrates how queer Asian migrant labor, transnational adoption, and the political and psychic legacies of Japanese internment underwrite narratives of racial forgetting and queer freedom.

6:30 to 8 pm

NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality

41-51 East 11th St, New York



Project Q Call for Submissions

API Equality is seeking Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Artists for Project Q. Project Q is a new community arts project that seeks to foster the creative and political development of API Queer leaders and to share the queer API experience through creative story-telling and performance. Submissions of all art forms are sought for a November 19, 2010 community showcase. More info and guidelines here or by emailing vanessa(at)apiequality(dot)org. Deadline: October 8, 2010.