The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Making Home from War, Say You Heard My Echo

October 5, 2011

Wednesday October 5th -- NYC

I Like the Way You Move: Poetry + Movement

Asian American Writers' Workshop invites you to join a night where poetry is rendered visceral through the moving body. Mong-Lan will read new works based on her residence in Buenos Aires and from her bilingual collection Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art (Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos). Accompanied by tango dancer Stefan Zawistowski, Mong-Lan will give an Argentine tango performance. Leah Stein, along with a group of her dancers, will move to the words of Josey Foo. Kundiman fellow and performer Shayok (Misha) Chowdhury will also read while Nabanita (Neeta) Pal performs a classical Indian dance piece inspired by his poetry. More info here.

7 to 10 pm

The Asian American Writers' Workshop

112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Wednesday October 5th -- San Francisco

Johnny Hi-Fi Music Video Release Party

Kollaboration SF contenders Johnny Hi-Fi will be hosting an exclusive screening party for their "Politician" music video. Come meet the filmmakers, the cast, and the band.

8 to 10 pm

Chambers Eat + Drink

601 Eddy St, San Francisco

RSVP here

Thursday October 6th -- Minneapolis

Voices for Justice

Come see M.anifest, Maria Isa, and Mayda perform at "Voices for Justice," a Headwaters Foundation benefit concert. Hear these Minneapolis-based musicians and learn more about the social justice work Headwaters supports. DJ set by Bradley Henegar and emcee'd by May Lee Yang, playwright, prose writer, poet, and performance artist. Drink specials available. Proceeds will go towards Headwaters' community grants to support grassroots organizations. More info here.

7 pm to 11 pm

El Nuevo Rodeo

2709 East Lake St, Minneapolis

$15 doors / $10 advance; tickets here

Thursday October 6th -- NYC

The Yin and Yang of Contemporary Asian American Culture

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) brings together three provocative voices in contemporary Asian American culture. Acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), New York Magazine contributing editor Wesley Yang ("Paper Tigers"), and author and columnist Jeff Yang (San Francisco Chronicle's "Asian Pop")--  for a candid, no-holds-barred discussion on current trending topics including the evolving nature of Asian American identity, the challenges of Asian masculinity, and the perils (and promise) of "tiger" parenting.

6:30 to 8 pm

Musuem of Chinese in America

215 Centre St, New York

FREE; RSVP to programs(at)mocany(dot)org

Thursday October 6th through Saturday October 15th -- Washington, DC

DC APA Film Festival

The 12th Annual DC APA Film Festival features films of all genres, including Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, The Kite (Patang), House of Suh, and Surrogate Valentine, to name a few. More info, venues, and schedule here.

Friday October 7th through Sunday October 9th  -- Seattle & Portland

Making Home from War Book Readings

Join a book reading by Japanese Americans who lived in Tacoma, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and various parts of California prior to WWII. Hear their stories about post-war resettlement and reflections upon the experience of returning home. Written by 12 Japanese Americans (and edited by Brian Komei Dempster), Making Home from War is a collection of stories of their exodus from internment camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed. More info here.

10/7: 7 pm

Blane United Methodist Church

3001 24th Ave South, Seattle

10/8: 5 pm

Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave, Seattle

10/9: 2 pm

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland

Friday October 7th and Saturday Octiber 8th -- NYC

Ali Wong Performances

Stand up comedian Ali Wong, who recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will be headlining four shows in New York. Don't miss your chance to catch her in-between her busy filming schedule! More info here.

8 pm and 10:30 pm

Caroline's on Broadway

1626 Broadway, New York

$27.25; tickets here

Saturday October 8th -- Bellevue, WA

Ascend's Diversity Convention

The Ascend Seattle Chapter presents its 2011 Ascend Diversity Convention. This year’s theme is “Build Your Legacy,” consisting of a Diversity Career Expo, Leadership Conference, and Appreciation Dinner Gala. Attendees can network and speak to recruiters from companies including Microsoft Corporation, Deloitte, T.D. Wang Advertising Group, and more. Ascend is a national business development organization aimed at developing leadership among the incoming generation of pan-Asians in the business sector. More info here.

1 to 9 pm

Meydenbauer Convention Center

11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA.

FREE (career expo); register here

Sunday October 9th -- Flushing, New York

Say You Heard My Echo

Post-9/11 struggles prompt three Asian American women to call on Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha for solace and answers as they come of age in a world impacted by war. Rendered with humor and in a spoken word theater style, Say You Heard My Echo -- written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and co-performed by Adeeba Rana and YaliniDream -- questions what remains sacred in times of war, while unearthing intersections between feminism, APIA identity, and religious freedom. More info here.

5 pm

Historic Flushing Town Hall

135-37 Northern Blvd, Flushing, Queens

$15 general / $10 student; tickets here

Monday October 10th --Pasadena, CA

Sunflowers in Snow Poetry Night

      Garret Hongo

Red Hen Press presents "Sunflowers in Snow", poetry reflecting on the themes of fire, water, and science. Join as Garret Hongo, Jim Tilley and Evie Shockley read from their works as part of Pasadena’s AxS Festival: Fire and Water. AxS 2011 (pronounced /ak-sis/) is a festival celebrating the City of Pasadena's remarkable heritage as "The City of Art Science." AxS is designed to showcase Pasadena's rare alchemy with two weeks of art, dance, music, theater, performance and provocative conversation. More info here.

7 pm

Boston Court Performing Arts Center

70 N. Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA

$10 general / $5 student; tickets here


2011 Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship Program

CAAM is launching the second year of its Fellowship Program. Furthering CAAM’s work to nurture Asian American media professionals and advance the field of Asian American media, the program seeks to develop the talents and skills of a range of media professions including filmmakers, actors, programmers, and executives. Fellowships will range from fully integrated collaborations to regular feedback on current projects to an ongoing dialogue about professional development. Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with the larger community of Asian American media professionals through a Producers Workshop at CAAM’s festival, and a CAAM Fellowship Program Retreat hosted by CAAM for all participating mentors and fellows. More info and application here. Deadline: October 17, 2011.