The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Slaying the Dragon, Page Turner Fest

October 26, 2011

Advancing Justice Conference, "Visions of a New China" Film Fest, Four Destinies performances, and more.

Wednesday October 26th through Friday October 28th -- San Francisco

RightsFest Film Festival

comes to San Francisco on October 26-28th in Japantown. The
event brings three nights of civil rights films and panel
discussions with filmmakers and activists. Each night, two films will be paired
together to bring different communities and struggles into conversation with
one another. RightsFest
is hosted by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute of
Civil Rights and Education
. More info here.

10/26: 7 to 9 pm

Always My Son, Dir. Vivian Kleiman, 2010, 16 min

Panelists: Vivian Kleiman, Ed & Elizabeth Plata, parents of EJ Plata

The Fall of the I-Hotel, Dir. Curtis
Choy, 1983, 58 min

Panelist: I-Hotel activist Emil DeGuzman

People Cinema, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco

10/27: 7 to 9 pm

Pilgrimage, Dir. Tadashi Nakamura, 2008, 22 min

Panelist: Tadashi Nakamura

Freedom Riders, Dir. Stanley Nelson,
2010, 35 min

Panelist: former Freedom Rider Carol Ruth Silver

People Cinema, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco

10/28: 7 to 9 pm

Whose Children are These?, Dir. Theresa Thanjan, 2004, 27 min

Panelist: Theresa Thanjan

Viva La Causa, Dir. Bill Brummel,
2008, 39 min,

Bill Brummel and Marc Grossman, former press secretary for Cesar Chavez and
current Communications Director for the Cesar Chavez Foundation

Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Avenue


Thursday October 27th -- NYC

Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded Screening

Scholar and filmmaker Elaine Kimʼs recent documentary Slaying The Dragon: Reloaded (an update to Kim's previous film Slaying the Dragon) continues to explore Asian images in Hollywood film. The documentary takes into
account a new generation of viewers and films. A
post-screening discussion will feature director Elaine Kim; Benjamin Han,
Cinema Studies NYU; and Jeff Yang, curator of the current A/P/A Institute
exhibition Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics,
. The discussion will address new and persisting images
of Asians in the popular imaginary, as well as some of the complexities of
shifting archetypes and their psychological and developmental effects on Asian
American youth. More info here.

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Cantor Film Center, Theater 101

36 E 8th St, New York


Thursday October 27th through Friday October 28th -- San Francisco

Advancing Justice Conference

The Advancing Justice Conference is a national civil rights and social justice conference and forum that aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to address a range of issues facing the APIA community. Speakers include Jose Antonio Vargas, Eddy Zheng, and more. With tracks focusing on civic engagement, youth leadership, capacity-building, and more.  More info here.

8:30 am to 5 pm

Hotel Kabuki

1625 Post St, San Francisco

Registration here

Saturday October 29th -- Brookyln

Page Turner Asian American Literary Festival

                                          Eddie Huang

Asian American Writers' Workshop presents the third annual Page Turner:
The Asian American Literary Festival. The all-day
line-up features many award-winning writers, including Junot Díaz, Amitav
Ghosh, Kimiko Hahn, Hari Kunzru, Teju Cole, Jayne Anne Phillips, and many
others. The evening will conclude with a stage reading directed by Ralph Peňa
to honor the recipient of this year's Asian American Lifetime Achievement
Award, Jessica Hagedorn. "Afterword" Party featuring an open bar
and celebrity chef Eddie
Huang (BaoHaus) as DJ to follow. More info here.

11 am to 7 pm

powerHouse Arena

37 Main Street, Brooklyn

$5 per event (purchase day of) / $20 All-Day Pass / $30 All-Day Pass (w/
Afterword Party)


8 pm to 11 pm


20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn

$30 with Festival Day Pass

Saturday October 29th -- NYC

The Outstanding Filipinos in New York Awards (TOFA-NY)

This awards ceremony celebrating Filipino American History Month will be keynoted by
Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. TOFA-NY
was created to give recognition to individuals and organizations that have
raised the profile of the Filipino American community in a unique and positive
way, and to celebrate their achievements. More info here.

8 to 10 pm

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

57th St & 7th Ave, New York

$40+; tickets here

Through Saturday October 29th -- NYC

"Visions of a New China" Films

                        Floating dir. by Huang Weikai (2005)

The Asia Society of New York presents a documentary film series focusing on urban
life and exploring how millions of people navigate a changing China, across a spectrum of social and
economic classes. It also takes critical looks at the repercussions of China's
unstoppable development. More info and full schedule of films here.

Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Ave, New York

$7-11; tickets here

Through Sunday October 30th -- Minneapolis

Four Destinies

Mu Performing Arts presents Four Destinies, written by Katie Hae Leo. The tension between free will and destiny underscores this
satire of adoption in America. Destiny Jones is a Korean adoptee raised in
Minnesota. But Destiny Jones is also an African American adoptee, a
Guatemalan-born adoptee, and an adopted Caucasian boy. Four different actors
portray the same character on the same day with the same family. To
further complicate things, a playwright named Katie Leo keeps interrupting, and
she really wants to make sure she represents every adoptee ever born, as well
as give all of her characters exactly what they want. In this exploration of fate, DNA, arrival
stories, and the families that love them, the answers are never simple. More info here.

Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm

Sunday at 2 pm

Mixed Blood Theatre

1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis

$25 general / $23 seniors / $10 students; tickets here