The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Poetry as Activism, I Love the '90s

March 21, 2012

Wednesday March 21st -- Los Angeles

Not For Sale Benefit Concert

David So Comedy hosts a benefit concert featuring Clara C, Joseph
, Satellite, and more. Proceeds go to Not For Sale, whose mission is to end human
trafficking. For those that can't make it to the concert, live streaming is available for a $5 donation here. All who register with a $5 donation are automatically entered into a raffle to win
one of 6 autographed Guitars signed by either Boyce Avenue, Jayesslee Clara C, or Joseph Vincent.

7:30 pm PST

Avalon Hollywood

1735 Vine St, Los Angeles

$20-40; tickets here

Wednesday March 21st -- NYC

Are Asians Black?: LA Riots, Model Minorities, and
Affirmative Action

in the nineteenth century, one California court determined that
Chinese Americans were black -- since they were not, after all, white. This
panel discusses how Asians and Blacks have been positioned as not just
different, but set against each other, whether in the L.A. Riots or college
admissions. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the LA Riots/LA
Uprising/Sa-i-gu, but what’s often unremarked upon is how quickly a Black-White
conflict (the LAPD vs King) transformed into a multiracial one, enfolding
Latino residents and Korean shop owners. With novelist Paul Beatty (White Boy Shuffle), Kai Ma (former editor of Koream Journal) educators Lisa Arrastia and Nicholas Lemann, Chef Eddie Huang, and Wesley Yang. More info here.

7 pm

Museum of Chinese in Americas (MOCA)

215 Centre Street, New York

$5 admission

Thursday March 22nd - Washington, DC

Poetry As Activism, Activism as Poetry

can poets mobilize poetry as a change agent? These poets demonstrate the ways
that the arts can contribute to the defense of the environment, workers rights, and
opposing war. With Ken Chen, Philip Metres, Jonathan Skinner, Jennifer Karmin, and Mark Nowak. More info here.

11:30 to 1 pm

@Split This Rock

True Reformer Building, Board Room

1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Thursday March 22nd -- Seattle

JK Pop Dance Party

Seattle's only J/K-pop dance party, with DJ
Bishie, DJ BabyLoveCrash, and DJ Hojo. With this dance going down at 11 pm sharp. More info here.

8 to midnight

The Alibi Room (downstairs)

Pike St #410 (in Post Alley), Pike Place Market, Seattle


Friday March 23rd -- NYC

Comic Book Workshop with Larry Hama

Are you a comic book fan? Always wanted to create your own comic or graphic
novel? Interested in learning about layout, character development, and
dialogue? Join this comic book workshop led by renowned comic book writer
and illustrator Larry Hama, the 2011-12 Asian/Pacific/American Institute
Artist-in-Residence. Best known for writing the licensed comic book series G.I.
Joe: A  Real American Hero
, Hama and special guest Bob Camp (The
Ren & Stimpy Show
) will lead you through a series of exercises to  challenge your ideas about story-telling and
the relationship between images and text. This one-time workshop is
open to all levels. All necessary supplies will be provided and light
refreshments will be served. Open to undergraduate students.

1 to 3 pm

Asian/Pacific/American Institute

41-51 East 11th Street, Room #741

RSVP to ruby(dot)gomez(at)nyu(dot)edu

Fashion's Circuit: Personal Stories From A Global Industry

Join this screening of the documentaries My Fancy High Heels and El Salvador
and post-screening conversation with Taiwanese director Chao-ti Ho
and scholar Lisa Lowe on the profound impact of rapid globalization
and the growth of multinational corporations on international labor conditions
and the environment. My Fancy High Heels follows a pair of designer
high-heeled shoes from their production in a factory on the Chinese-Russian
border to the streets of New York City to illuminate the enormous disparities
between the producers and consumers of luxury fashion goods. In El Salvador
, workers protest and organize to successfully establish a
worker-managed factory after a multinational corporation based in Taiwan closes
its El Salvador plant without warning. More info here.

6 to 9 pm

19 University Place, Room 102, New York


Friday March 23rd to Sunday April 1st -- Various

YTF Global Tour

TF Global is Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu, Chester See, Victor King, D-Trix, JR
and Andrew Garcia. They joined forces to
create a concert brand, and are doing a multi-city
this month. More info here.

Sunday March 25th -- NYC

To Kiss A Wound (Excerpts)

YaliniDream, Chesney Snow, Varuni Tiruchelvam, and Jendog Lonewolf have joined
forces to create an original musical choreo-poem. With mythic allegory and beats & rhymes, To Kiss A Wound is a
performance that dreams a world free of poverty,
state repression, war, violence, and exploitation. Hosted by award-winning music director Swiss Chris, and DJ Johnny Juice on
the decks.

More info here.

9 pm


24 1st Ave, New York


Tuesday March 27th -- NYC

After 1989: I Love the '90s

The '90s
produced the OJ Simpson hearings, the rise of xenophobic
legislation (Prop 187 and 209) and homophobic punditry on national television
(Jerry Falwell vs the Teletubbies). Carolina Gonzalez, Sophia Chang, Rinku Sen, John Kuo-Wei Tchen, Vijay Prashad, and dream hampton will discuss the Wu-Tang Clan, the demise of multiculturalism, and more. More info here. This event is a project of The Asian American Writers'

7 pm

@Brecht Forum

451 West Street, New York



Rise Up! SAALT Young Leaders Institute

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is seeking participants for the Rise Up! Young Leaders Institute. Rise Up! is an opportunity for 15 South Asian American college students from
around the country to build leadership and community documentation skills, learn about impacting federal policy, meet fellow students
looking to positively impact their communities, and learn how to be an
effective advocate and communicator on and off campus. There is no fee to
participate and travel and lodging expenses are covered by SAALT for a four day convening in Washington, DC
on May 6-8, 2012. More info here. Application deadline: March 23rd.