The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Perfect Life, Mottainai

June 1, 2011

Thursday June 2nd -- San Jose

South Bay First Thursdays: Mental Wellness & APIA Women

South Bay First Thursdays presents its monthly dinner and discussion, which will focus on mental health through a gendered lens, and include an expert panel plus individual testimonials. Learn how the community can raise awareness and resources around women's mental wellness. Food provided.

6:30 to 9 pm

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

2400 Moorpark Ave, Room 210, San Jose


Thursday June 2nd -- NYC

Into East River(s) Project: A Bilingual Poetry Reading

In 1993, a freighter named the Golden Venture ran aground in Rockaway Queens carrying 286 people smuggled from China's Fujian Province. In the following months and years, many of the passengers were deported or detained while trying to claim political asylum. Their case and struggle became a symbol of the broken US immigration policy. Into East River(s) Project presents an evening of dialogue, dinner, and poetry with Meena Alexander, Ken Chen, Jennifer Hayashida, Andrew Hsiao, Audrea Lim, Lisa Chen, Angelina Lee, Mai Mang, and Russell C. Leong. For the full program and to register, visit

4pm to 8 pm (reading at 7 pm)

Asian American/Asian Research Institute

25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor, New York


Thursday June 2nd -- Los Angeles

Cold Tofu Performance

Cold Tofu returns to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum with "The Hiroshi Show". Starting with one suggestion from the audience, Cold Tofu creates a long-form improv show full of hijinks based on the personal stories of its guest hosts. This show's guest host is actor and museum volunteer Rodney Kageyama. Cold Tofu is an arts organization dedicated to promoting diverse images of APAs through comedy and developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

8 pm

Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Japanese American National Museum

369 E 1st St, Los Angeles


RSVP to coldtofu(at)hotmail(dot)com

Friday June 3rd -- NYC

Chinese Cinema Club: Perfect Life

Emily Tang's second feature Perfect Life (2009), co-produced by Jia Zhangke, tells the stories of female migrant workers in China. Two women, one fictional and one real, struggle for a new life in southern China. Their lives converge in Shenzhen, a city of dreams and survival for millions of migrant workers. Intricately blending documentary and fiction, Tang takes realism to a new level.  Followed by discussion with Grady Hendrix, co-founder of New York Asian Film Festival. The Chinese Cinema Club is a collaboration between dGenerate Films and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), and screens Chinese and Chinese American films on the first Friday of every other month. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre St, New York

$10 adult / $8 students and seniors

RSVP to programs(at)mocanyc(dot)org

Friday June 3rd -- La Jolla, CA

Luminance at the Loft

The Luminance Series was created in 2009 with the aim to shine light on undiscovered Asian American musicians. The series is closing out with a special group of performers, including Jenny Suk, Kevin Lien, Connie Lim, Megan Lee, and Lindsey Yung for the eighth and last Luminance show. More info here.

8:30 to 11 pm

UCSD The Loft

9500 Gillman Drive, La Jolla CA

$10 general / $8 UCSD students; tickets here

Friday June 3rd -- San Francisco

Hyphen Bittersweet Issue Release Party

Hyphen is bringing its Bittersweet Issue Release Party back to the Bay Area. This party is a duo celebration for the release of the Bittersweet Issue, plus the official SF party for Angry Asian Man's 10-year anniversary. The event will feature an amazing lineup of DJs, performances, and live art from the Like Me's, Christopher De Leon, Citizen Ten, and more. First 50 paying guests will receive a prize! More info here.

9:30 pm to 2 am

111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna St, San Francisco

$10 door

21+, RSVP here

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival -- Bay Area

Friday June 3rd to Sunday July 3rd

               Yang Yang Dance: Felisha Fan, Ashley Jiang, Erica Fu, Joanna Yang

The 33rd San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will feature 50 companies and more than 750 performers, all of whom represent diverse traditional communities living in Northern California. This year, APIA artists and companies will perform as part of a five-weekend lineup in San Francisco and Berkeley. Fifteen new works created especially for the 2011 Festival will be presented by artists including Barangay Dance Company, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Hui Tama Nui, and more. Full performance schedule and venue info here.

$18-58; tickets here

Sunday June 5th -- Los Angeles

Mottainai World Environment Day

The Japanese American National Museum and Great Leap present MOTTAINAI, a fun-filled, informative day of performance, video screenings, and participatory workshops celebrating World Environment Day. "Mottainai" is a Japanese word that loosely means “it’s a shame to waste nature." The day opens and ends with “ORDER TO GO”, a performance by members of Collaboratory, Great Leap's artist mentorship program. There will also be a screening of Great Leap’s music video "B.Y.O.CHOPSTIX", about the 100 billion pairs of wooden chopsticks we throw away every year and what we can do about it. In addition there will be creative and informative workshops for young and old to offer ideas of how to change our habits. Nobuko Miyamoto will lead a new Obon song and dance to share the spirit of "mottainai" for all generations. More info here.

1 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 E 1st St, Los Angeles

$10-$15; tickets here