Wednesday September 21st --San Francisco
"Potstickers" Potsticker Eating Contest
Come watch the candidates for San Francisco Sheriff face off in an epic battle for the title of "Potsticker Eating Champ". With Paul Miyamoto, Ross Mirkarimi, and Chriss Cunnie. Other contestants will include James Fang, BART Board Member, and Steve Ngo, Board of Trustees, San Francisco Community College District. The event will also recognize "Potstickers", Samson Wong's local political column.
6 to 8 pm
Carnelian by the Bay
One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
Sliding scale donation at the door
Wednesday September 28th -- NYC
Reparations and the Human
This presentation by UPenn professor David L. Eng will explore the relationship between political and psychic genealogies of reparation, and how they might supplement one another in theories of the human and discourses of human rights, while helping us to understand better the social and psychic limits of repairing war, violence, colonialism, and genocide. Eng will trace a global genealogy of reparations in order to rethink the conceptʼs transnational signiﬁcance and the possibility of “racial reparation” in the context of the trans-Paciﬁc: the internment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ending that war; and contemporary legal claims by “comfort women,” young girls and women from Japanʼs colonial empire conscripted by the imperial army into sexual slavery.
6:30 to 8 pm
41-51 E 11th ST, 7th floor, New York
Thursday September 22nd -- Seattle
Book Reading on the Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines
A book reading as part of this year’s tribute to Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes -- anti-Marcos and union leaders -- on the 30th anniversary of their deaths. On this 39th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines, Aida Santos and Cindy Domingo will be reading excerpts from their memoirs in Mila De Guzman’s upcoming book “Sisters in Struggle, Sisters in Victory” (working title). Includes refreshments.
6 to 8 pm
Filipino Community Center of Seattle
5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South, Seattle
Thursday September 22nd to Saturday September 24th -- Seattle
Sheng Wang Shows
Stand-up comedian Sheng Wang (whose half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special aired in January) will be doing five shows at the historic Comedy Underground venue. More info here.
9/22: 8:30 pm
9/23: 8:30 and 10:30 pm
9/24: 8:30 and 10:30 pm
109 S. Washington St, Seattle
$10-20; tickets here
Friday September 23rd -- NYC
Mouth to Mouth: MOM Mic, Part II
Come hear Asian American parents (and kids!) speak the truth. Award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, and YA literature, Marina Budhos will share her mom-related insights and read from her latest book, Tell Us We're Home, which follows the stories of three immigrant girls (and their moms) who find each other in a wealthy suburban town. Political theater artist and writer D'Lo performs musings on growing up queer in a strict household, and actress Cindy Cheung shares mom-inspired excerpts from her new solo show. Hosted by comedian Jen Kwok and author Ed Lin. Attendees are invited to share their own funny/traumatic childhood moments, and laugh at mama and papa in front of an audience. With ice cream provided by Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
8 pm (sign up at 7:30 for 5-minute slot)
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York
$5 suggested donation (free if you bring your mom or are a mom)
Who Killed Chea Vichea? Screening
if you are curious about politics in Cambodia, or concerned about the rights of labor union activists, join NY Wagner's Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) for a an extraordinary documentary film screening of Who Killed Chea Vichea? The film is a "highly charged murder mystery, a political thriller, and a documentary like no other." Q&A session with producer Jeffrey Saunders after the screening. Co-sponsored by WISS (Wagner International Student Society).
205 Lafayette St, 3rd floor, Mulberry Conference Room, New York
Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th -- NYC
South Asian Women's Creative Collective Literary Festival
From the Middle East to the Midwest, revolution is spreading. Women have joined radicals in solidarity, even as their own rights come under fire by conservative elements. Some of these women are able to tell their stories from Madison, Sanaa, and Tahrir Square. Others are silenced, devalued, or (in the infamous case of a Syrian blogger) invented. Fact or fiction, real or imagined, told from the inside or the outside, narratives provoke, explore, critique, and—in some cases—prevent revolution. This SAWCC Literary Fest is an exploration of the role of stories in political change. Full schedule and venues here.
Friday September 23rd to Saturday November 12th -- Various
Clara C "Shakin Off Silence' Tour
Musician Clara C and Seattle-based band New Heights will be embarking on a national tour throughout the fall. Clara C will be performing songs from her debut album The Art in My Heart, as well as new songs from her upcoming sophomore release. More info on shows, venues and tickets here.
Saturday September 24th -- San Francisco
Asian Med Redefined Calendar Signing & Luncheon
Meet & greet the new 2012 Calendar models, get your 2012 Calendar signed, and hang out and eat lunch with the models. The 2012 Calendar is 6th year issue of Asian Men Redefined, photographed by dannydan, and benefiting Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center. The event continues on Saturday night with the Asian Men Redefined 2012 Calendar Launch Party & Fashion Show at The EndUp (more info here).
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
3214 16th St, San Francisco
For seat reservation, please contact Krua Thai at 415-913-7886 & mention calendar event.
Saturday Septmeber 24th -- Los Angeles
ROBOTS: A Benefit for Giant Robot 2
Giant Robot will host a “special” art exhibition for the benefit of the Giant Robot 2 gallery space. Opening in 2003, Giant Robot 2 or “GR2″ has hosted exhibitions by well-known, soon-to-be-well-known, and new young artists. The first exhibition in the space was by renowned artist David Choe. Following exhibitions included Saelee Oh, Deth P. Sun, Souther Salazar, Eishi Takaoka, Masakatsu Sashie, and many others who exhibit at locations around the world. Come and check out art and prints that will help GR2 be self-sustaining as an art space in 2012 and beyond. Exhibit runs through October 12, 2011. More info here.
Opening Reception 6:30 to 10 pm
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Monday September 26th -- NYC
"Where the Wild Frontier Are" Book Readings
Join Manan Ahmed, Vijay Prashad, and Amitava Kumar as they discuss their work and popular imaginings of the middle East and the War on Terror. More info here.
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York
$5 suggested donation
2012 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Call for Entries
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is currently accepting narratives, documentaries, shorts, music videos, experimental, children's and animated films of any length and format for its 10th Anniversary Festival. More info here. Early Bird Deadline: November 11, 2011. Final deadline: January 6, 2012.