The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: On Revolution, After 1989

February 29, 2012

Thursday March 1st -- Seattle

I Am Filipino Exhibit Opening

Through personal stories and photographs, learn how Filipino identity is impacted by multiple factors, and how culture thrives in the community today. Play Filipino games and contribute your own photos to the exhibit's ongoing slideshow.

Opening reception: 7 pm

Wing Luke Asian Museum

719 S. King St, Seattle


Thursday March 1st -- Philadelphia

Marvels & Monsters Panel Discussion with Greg Pak & Jeff Yang

Join Philadelphia-area scholars of Asian American Studies to discuss the themes from the Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in US Comics exhibition, as well as how their own research explores the connection
between formulations of Asian American identity and popular media today. With comic book writer/film director Greg Pak  and exhibit co-curator Jeff Yang. Panelists include professors Josephine Park, David Eng, Theresa Tensuan, and Bakirathi Mani. More info here.

6 pm

Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St., Philadelphia


Friday March 2nd -- Berkeley

On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs & Angela Davis

For the first time in history, iconic activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis will share the stage for a conversation. The opening ceremony begins at 4 pm, with filmmaker Grace Lee screening a portion of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary in progress. Ms. Boggs and Ms. Davis will discuss their
motivation for continuing their work and activism, presenting their ideas of
social justice, and moving activism beyond the academy. Part of the 27th Annual Empowering women of Color Conference. More info here.

4 to 6 pm

Pauley Ballroom

University of California, Berkeley

Friday March 2nd -- San Francisco

AADP 5th Annual Laugh for Lives Comedy Show Benefit

This comedy benefit  will help raise funds
for the Asian American Donor Program (AADP), a local non-profit that helps blood cancer patients to find their bone marrow matches. Featured comedians include Eliot Chang, KT Tatara, Shawn Felipe, and Danny Cho. With MC Mark "Zhangster" Zhang and DJ RJ "Kool" Raul of Supreme Soul. With raffles and a photo booth. More info here.

8 to 10 pm

Palace of
Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco

$20 (includes
free drink and raffle ticket); tickets here

Friday March 2nd -- NYC

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

Annie Choi

The next installment of the monthly Mouth to Mouth Open Mic features playwright/director Leah Winkler and novelist/comedian Annie Choi. This variety night is hosted by
Ed Lin and Jen Kwok, complete with ukulele, puns, and
birthday hats.

8 pm (sign up at 7:30 pm for an Open Mic slot)

The Asian American Writers' Workshop

112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor

$5 suggested donation

Friday March 2nd -- Chicago

Works in Progress Mixtape

Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma and Nami Mun read new works and the life behind their literature: private writing rituals,
relationships with mentors and peers, favorite books, songs on iTunes repeat, social media, and other
procrastination devices. They’ll also talk about writing as Asian
Americans when only 5% of the authors reviewed in the New York Times are
writers of color. More info here.


at Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

The Hilton Chicago Hotel, 3rd Floor

720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Saturday March 3rd -- San Francisco

Movie Night with James Kyson

A special movie night with host James Kyson, featuring a special sneak preview of his new film At Dawn They
and several shorts in conjunction with the San Francisco International Asian
American Film Festival 2012
. With films by D.B. Cheng, Edmund Yeo, John Raposas, Michael Kang, and Nina T. Son. Plus an after-party! Co-sponsored by Hyphen. More info here.

6:30 pm and 8:30 pm screenings; 10pm – 2am Afterparty

Sens Restaurant

4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

$13 Screening;
$8 Afterparty; $20 Screening + Afterparty

Tickets here, enter "STUDENT" for discount code

Monday March 5th -- Brooklyn

After 1989: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Race?

Das Racist

of ‘90s multiculturalism was less about race than inventing polite ways to talk
about racial taboos. Terms like “diversity” and “political correctness” blunted
the unsavory aspects of dealing with racism, even as the right struggled to
make English the national language and tamp down transgressive art,
multicultural threats to the canon, and Ebonics. To kick off "After 1989", Ego
Trip Magazine
, curates a slideshow of
racialized advertisements -- with call and response by hip hop trio Das Racist,
who will judge the racial caliber of the images. National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold
Augenbraum, early proponent of Latino and Asian American literature,
discusses the canon. Roberto Bedoya will discuss the litigation between artist Karen Finley and the National
Endowment for the Arts
at the height of the Culture Wars, for which
he was co-plaintiff. NYU Professor Thuy Linh Tu interviews Latoya
Peterson, editor of Racialicious, to break down how the Internet has
unleashed the Pandora’s Box of racial discourse. More info here.

7 pm

powerHouse Arena

37 Main Street Brooklyn


Tuesday March 6th

Book Party for Hari Kunzru

            Hari Kunzru

Last month, authors Hari Kunzru
and Amitava Kumar created international controversy by
reading from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. The book is
banned in India for its controversial portrayal of Muslims, and Rushdie himself called off a visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival after receiving
death threats. Upon hearing this news, Kunzru and Kumar decided to convert
their festival panel into a reading of their favorite passages from The
Satanic Verses
. The two authors were told
to leave both the festival and the country. Their show of solidarity has prompted campaigns across
India to change the censorship laws and left them fighting possibly years of
legal battles. Come support the authors and celebrate the release of Kunzru's new
novel, Gods Without Men.

7 pm

The Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York

$5 suggested donation


International Secret Agents Seeking Interns and Talent

International Secret Agents (ISA), is seeking interns and
talent to assist with growth for the next generation of ISA. As one of the premier concert production and media arts companies,
there will be plenty of opportunity to experience a
fast-paced and exciting entertainment-based work environment. ISA is seeking
interns that include event production, film
production, web content management, graphic design, and operations. ISA is also having an open call for on-camera hosts and field
In addition, ISA is looking to create a team of bloggers to help contribute to the
voice of the ISA online community. For more information please visit the Opportunities section here or or email JOBS(at)ISATV(dot)com.

Call for Submissions: 35th Annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)

The AAIFF, presented by Asian Cinevision, is now accepting works produced,
directed, or written by artists of Asian descent of any nationality, or about
the Asian community for the following categories: short films, feature films,
youth-produced/directed films, music videos, and works-in-progress. For more information on categories and competitions, go here. Final deadline: March 7, 2012.