The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: The Town Spectacle, Crossing Canal

March 7, 2012

Thursday March 8th -- NYC

Book Launch for The Painted King

Glenn Wharton's The Painted King: Art, Activism & Authenticity in Hawai'i is a first-hand account of the author's life-changing experiences
while working with a rural community to conserve the original King Kamehameha I
statue in Kapa'au. Refreshments will served and books available for purchase.

6 to 7:30 pm

Department of Social and Cultural
Analysis at NYU

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York

Thursday March 8th to Sunday March 18th -- San Francisco Bay Area

30th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

The SFIAAFF 30, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), is the nation's largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, presenting over 100 new works in all genres. More info, venues, and tickets here.

Thursday March 8th -- NYC

After 1989: White Noise

Asian American Writers' Workshop's second "After 1989"
installment explores the  phenomenon of white ethnic identity in the '90s. A time when Bill Clinton was called the “first African
American President,” when Samuel Huntington claimed we were in a “Clash of
Civilizations,” when the militia movement erupted in the Waco shootout and the
Oklahoma City bombings -- and when Asian Americans were positioned as “honorary
whites” in the affirmative action debates. Speakers include US labor
historian and pioneer of critical whiteness studies, David Roediger, Stuff White People Like's Christian Lander, and more. With case studies on Vanilla Ice, Sassy Magazine, and multiracial white identity. More info here.

7 pm

Graduate Center

The Proshansky Auditorium

365 5th Avenue, New York


Crossing Canal Screening

 Crossing Canal focuses on the history behind the Oversea Chinese Mission, one of the largest
Chinese Christian congregations in New York. The story is told within the
context of a rapidly growing Chinatown, chronicling the church's bold purchase
of a building in the neighboring streets of Little Italy -- a move that spurred the expansion of the Chinese community northward. The film
includes first-hand accounts of a number of Chinatown residents from the 1950s
and 1960s, who describe the challenges they faced as a pioneering group of
Chinese in less-than-welcoming territory.  Screening followed by Q&A with panelists Mrs. Esther Chew, Board Member, Oversea Chinese Mission, Dr. Frank Shih, President, Organization of Chinese Americans - Long Island
Chapter and Lecturer, Stony Brook University, Rev. Billy Yip, Associate Executive Director, Chinese Christian Herald
Crusades, and  Mr. Tim Louie, Director of Crossing Canal. More info here.

6:30 to 8 pm

Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre St, New York

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

 Friday March 9th -- San Francisco

Directions in Sound

CAAM’s 30th SFIAAFF presents: Directions in Sound 2012. Join the hottest night in town, as DJ
Neil Armstrong
, Blackbird,
Hopie, Micropixie, and DJ Tap.10
guide the audience through a genre-bending trip through the future-forward
music scene that’s blowing up the Asian American underground. More info here.

9 pm to 2 am


119 Utah Street, San Francisco

Member Presale $15 /General Presale $20 / Door $25; tickets here

Friday March 9th -- Oakland

The Town Spectacle

The Town Spectacle is an interactive living art extravaganza. Local artists,
musicians and performers share their secrets and their wares in an art
show with interactive
stations and workshops where artists will introduce you
to the activities you’ve always wanted to dabble in, like DIY electronics, screen printing, drumming, linescaping, and more. The Town Spectacle is a
collaboration between The New Hall, Rama, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
and brings some of the bay area’s best artists, musicians, and performers
directly to you in an effort to create a space for people in the community to
interact and build stronger connections through active and engaged learning.
More info here.

6 to 9 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Suite 290

$5-15 sliding scale

Friday March 9th -- NYC

How to Write Your True Story

Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop and National Book Award winner Thanhha Lai
for an in-depth look at prose poetry. Lai is the author of Inside Out and
Back Again
, which was described by Kirkus Review as "an enlightening,
poignant and unexpectedly funny novel in verse" and is based on her own
journey from a comfortable home in Vietnam to the unfriendly
classrooms of Alabama. Lai will walk you through the crafting process and read
from her award winning work. With ice cream!

4 pm

and Writers Collaborative

520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020, New York

FREE for all NYC high school and college students and parents

RSVP here     

Saturday March 10th -- San Francisco

Benefit for Jack Chin

This party is for Jack Chin, a 23-year-old Chinese American diagnosed with leukemia. Asian Americans have a particularly difficult time finding a match, and at the event you'll have an opportunity to join the bone marrow registry and help Jack find a match (cheek swab only -- no blood necessary!) Discounted drinks available all night. More info here.

7 to 10:30 pm (please come by 10 pm to register)


1237 Polk St, San Francisco

Saturday March 10th -- Oakland

Burma Human Rights Day Benefit

Join this screening of Into The Current, followed by a discussion about reform in Burma with the film's
director, main character, special guests, and internationally known human
rights defenders. With dinner, music, and cultural performances. Proceeds will benefit political prisoners and the Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA). More info here.

6 to 10 pm

Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland

$20+ suggested donation, sliding scale


Call for Entries: Short Notice

Short Notice is an hour-long television program on Mnet; featuring
today’s hottest Asian American filmmakers and their short films, while providing
sneak peeks into the creative process. Short Notice is the first Asian American short film show, in addition to
now being the first ever TV program to do an awards format with short films. Short Notice is currently featured in 80% of
all Asian American households across the US. More info and submission guidelines here. Deadline: March 15, 2012.