The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Rangoon, Airborne Dreams

January 25, 2012

Thursday January 26th -- Los Angeles

Writers Gallery Reading of Rangoon

East West Players and the Japanese American National Museum
(JANM) present the Writers Gallery reading of Rangoon, by Mayank Keshaviah. This new work revisits Arthur Miller’s take on the American Dream from an
Indian point of view, updating it for the new millennium. The play provides insight into a Gujarati family
whose patriarch, Dhiraj, manages a 7-Eleven and is desperately trying to
succeed to offset both personal and familial shortcomings from his
past. More info here.

7:30 to 9:30 pm

Tateuchi Democracy Forum of the National Center for the Preservation of

111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles


Thursday January 26th -- Seattle

J-Pop and K-Pop Dance Party

you're a fan of the international phenomena that is K-pop and J-pop,
join this dance party with DJs Bishie Reesie and Baby Love Crash. Bring your
choreographed dancing A-game. More info here.

8 pm to midnight

Alibi Room

85 Pike St #410 (in Pike Place Market), Seattle

Thursday January 26th to Sunday February 12th -- Los Angeles

Studio Ghibli Retrospective

                                          Spirited Away

American Cinematheque is presenting "Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahati, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli", a comprehensive 14-film retrospective of Studio Ghibli. Featuring new 35MM Prints of classics including Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Venues, showtimes, and tickets here.

Friday January 27th to Thursday February 2nd -- Various Locations

Fred Korematsu Day Events

   photo by Shirley Nakao, courtesy of the
Korematsu Institute

Honor the legacy of civil rights leader Fred Korematsu with a variety of events held in Oakland, San Jose, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Events range from special presentations by family members, panels, a photo exhibit, and more. More info here.

Saturday January 28th -- Irvine, CA

Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference

UC Irvine's Asian Pacific Student Association is hosting its 27th Annual
Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference
(APAAC), with the theme "The Movement: Then and Now" -- an exploration of cross-cultural
activism and struggles faced by people of color. With keynote by Glenn Omatsu, workshop and breakout sessions, and performances by Beau Sia, Andrew F. Chiang, and more. More info here.

 9 am to 6:30 pm

UC Irvine Student Center

University of California, Irvine

$10; registration here

Lunch included in registration.

Saturday January 28th -- Los Angeles

Airborne Dreams: Pan Am and "Nisei" Stewardesses

Join this talk with Christine R. Yano, author of Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan
American World Airways
. With Honolulu as their base, these women
were among the first non-white stewardesses and were informally dubbed Pan Am’s
“Nisei” stewardesses, even if not all of them were second-generation or
Japanese American. Yano argues that, by calling these women “Nisei,” Pan Am
drew upon the cultural capital of Nisei war veterans and their minority
patriotism. The talk will analyze Pan Am’s “Nisei” stewardess project from its
inception in 1955 to 1972, when the women instigated the end of their
closed-base status, in order to gain more employee rights. More info here.

2 to 4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East 1st St, Los Angeles

Monday January 30th -- NYC

Industry Spotlight: Patrick Wang

Join the Asian American Film Lab for their upcoming "Industry Spotlight" -- with an opportunity to meet and hear from Patrick Wang -- writer, director, and
lead actor of the critically acclaimed film In the Family. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

Pearl Studios, Room 402

500 8th Avenue, at 35th Street, New York

RSVP by email with subjectline "Patrick Wang RSVP" to info(at)aafilmlab(dot)org


Hyphen seeking Politics Editor & Writers

Hyphen magazine is looking for credible,
smart, bookish, overachieving, dusty-fingered, detailed-oriented and
opinionated news and politics editors and writers, for print and blog. Hyphen is a nonprofit and
volunteer-run magazine. Issues that affect Asian Americans are what
we cover. While our focus is Asians living in the United States, we also
strive to cover the international Asian diaspora, through the lens of the
Asian American experience. But, we'll still cringe at anything with the
phrase "East meets West" in it. About you:

- You are a news
junkie interested in social justice issues, election coverage, and tracking
acts of brilliance from the three branches of government, as they affect Asian

- You're familiar
with key figures and debates at a national level; also know major Asian
American figures in the political landscape, and their history on issues.

- You keep abreast of
ethnic media (such as Colorlines, Racialicious), as well as major issues
impacting other communities of color.

- You're plugged in
to social media.

- You have a good
sense of Hyphen: our general audience, our types of topics and angles.

- (If editor) You
have editorial experience, including managing multiple writers/assignments and
overseeing series. 

- (If writer) You
have publication experience, doing original reporting or blog-style editorial.

Editors should expect
to produce content on a monthly basis for Hyphen's blog and on a biannual basis
for the print magazine, as well attend biweekly meetings, either in person in
San Francisco or via video chat.

Writers are sought as
columnists at a similar frequency of production, or as contributors who will
take specific assignments on a semi-regular basis. 

To apply, please send
the following materials to Lisa[dot]Macabasco[at]hyphenmagazine[dot]com and

-  A Resume

- A sample written specifically for the Hyphen blog, that
provides commentary on a current topic in politics

- Two additional writing samples

California API Policy Summit: Call for Workshop Proposals

The 2012 California Asian Pacific Islander Policy Summit (April 30 and May 1 in
is seeking workshop proposals that move our communities to a higher level of advocacy.
Summit Conveners and Track Chairs will consider proposals that demonstrate
how participants will be better equipped with concrete advocacy skills.
Priority will also be given to proposals that strengthen each participant's
ability to strategically impact local, state, and federal public policy.  In addition to the required skills-building, the Summit is looking for workshops that

- Reflect the diversity of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific
Islander (AA and NHPI) community, including race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity,
language and geography.

- Utilize current issues impacting the AA and NHPI community, including
representation from a wide array of disciplines, fields, populations, and
sectors as a means of teaching or facilitating specific skills.

- Employ innovative training methods, including using audio-visual aids, small
group discussions, mock trainings, role playing, and other "hands-on"
project formats. More info and application here. Deadline to
submit a proposal is January 27