Andrew Pai

SFIAAFF/DIY Music Video Contest Launch Party

 You want to be there this Thursday when CAAM teams up with Locus@KSW for a partnership so lethal, they'd make Danny Glover and Mel Gibson sweat.  

At 111 Minna in San Francisco, the duo will gather and present the launch party that kicks off the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the 3rd Annual DIY Music Video Contest. Pow-factors include music video screening, live performances and hot-off-the-printer program guides for the upcoming festival.  

CAAM Presents: ON THE CLOCK Web Series

You've probably seen a few episodes of The Office, and you've no doubt heard of the awesome organization that is the Center for Asian American Media. Now, step behind the force that brings you events such as the San Francisco International Asian American Festival and follow the staffers of CAAM as they embark on random adventures, in and out of the office, while getting some serious work done.  

Hyphen Holiday Happy Hour, Tonight!

It's winter again and this one is colder than ever. If you've got
a huge holiday shopping list, save some money by turning off
your heater at home and joining us tonight at
Lot 46 for our Holiday Happy Hour!

We've got the place all warmed up
for you, with drinks at the bar and hot, hot Hyphen stocking stuffers
for some last-minute gift ideas. Got a holiday sweater you’ve been
jonesing to wear? Do it! Then strut into our free photo booth,
courtesy of The Laugh Box, for some pictorial memories. So come celebrate the season with your favorite Hyphenators!


Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: Pahole Sookkasikon


Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant Pahole Sookkasikon will represent the Thai-American Scholarship Fund, a foundation created to assist students of Thai heritage in relieving the costs of a college education, and to encourage their participation in programs that instill appreciation and knowledge of Thai culture. The fund was started due to the limited number of scholarships available specifically for American-born Thais.

About Pahole:

An optimist and a dreamer, Pahole is a family-oriented man who has set out to change the world in epic ways, citing his nephews as the people to whom he will show that the world is not such a bad place. In his spare time, this hero sings to the mirror. If the going gets tough, Pahole laughs.

Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: Danny Le

Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant Danny Le will represent the APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, a gathering of spoken word artists and enthusiasts. Since 2001, the summit has convened every two years in different cities across the United States and, in a span of four days, engages its participants in workshops, performances and discussions geared toward the awareness and progression of APIA arts and its activist community.

About Danny:

In 1989, Danny moved from Oklahoma to California and was welcomed with a BAM. It’s been 20 years since the Loma Prieta Earthquake, but Danny has never stopped being a mover and a shaker. As an avid promoter of the APIA culture and performer of the literary arts himself, Danny has always valued the importance of culture and community.

Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: Leng Phe


Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant Leng Phe will represent Tiny Toones Cambodia, an organization that utilizes breakdancing, hip-hop and contemporary arts as creative tools to empower the youth of Cambodia. It prompts and helps them to live healthier lives free of HIV and drugs, build more promising futures by furthering their educational opportunities, and become positive role models for their community.

About Leng:

Born to refugee survivors of the Khmer Rouge during the Vietnam War, Leng had an upbringing that exposed him to violence, drugs and abuse. Leng admits to having a past filled with tragedies, but his outlook on life is honest and hopeful. As Leng discovered breakdancing and singing, they not only relieved his pain, but also empowered him with the sense of self-worth.

Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: Amit Singh


Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant Amit Singh will represent Sikhcess, a community service based organization that connects people of all ages through the basic humanitarian principles of sharing, inclusiveness, community and public service. With thousands of volunteers across the globe, Sikhcess creates a network where people are brought together not just to inspire one another, but also to develop positive, sustainable change in where they live.

About Amit:

A 10 minute conversation with Amit will leave you charmed. Much like a certain cola brand, Amit comes with all the positive and inspirational taste, but with none of the fluff or greasiness that one would otherwise get with their local politician. A classic renaissance man, capable of filling the role of a venture capitalist, social entrepreneur, culinary aficionado or talented musician, Amit still strives to aim himself higher, working to achieve results on the “legendary” and “mythical” level.

Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: R.J. Lozada

Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant R.J. Lozada will represent the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. To do this they fund, produce, distribute and exhibit works in film, television and digital media.

About R.J.:

A story teller from San Diego, where the carne asada fries are best and the beaches better, R.J. first became involved with CAAM in 2005 when they screened a short film by him. The relationship continued when, later, they supported a documentary for which R.J. was co-producer and cinematographer.

Six Days of Mr. Hyphen: Tony Douangviseth

Mr. Hyphen 2009 contestant Tony Douangviseth will represent Serve the People, an organization committed to addressing the inequalities that Asian Pacific Islander communities face, through political and cultural education, self healing, building unity and fighting for social justice for all people.  

About Tony:

It'll take a truck to pick up Tony’s resume. Since moving from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to Oakland after the 1989 quake, Tony wasted no time when it came to getting involved in his new community. In high school, he organized the creation of a youth center that focused on health and wellness, with a conflict-resolution program and additional academic support.

Higher Learning with Gabe Bondoc, 10/22


Join CAAM and
inter-web music sensation Gabe Bondoc this Thursday for an evening of
tunes at Poleng Lounge in San Francisco! Gabe is a talented young
artist who has made his name known with an acoustic guitar and
original songs. With his videos on Youtube registering heavy traffic and fanfare, you'll want to catch him now. Youtube's nice, but it doesn't beat live.

And heck, make your admission work for you! Come
meet Gabe, and your admission doubles in value, as it also
admits you to a good time for Higher Learning, the weekly Thursday
hotspot hosted by Poleng Lounge and DJ Mel. You'll only be sorry if you missed it.

Thursday, October 22
9PM Meet & Greet and Performance
10PM Higher Learning

Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA

$10 General Admission
: the first two people to email andrewpai [at] with "Tubin' it with Gabe" will win a pair of tickets each to this musical festivity.

Do-It-Yourself Music Video Premiere Night 2

Another Friday night is here and, if you like music, there's no need to weigh your options. Put this in your Hyphenite's social calender now, because LOCUS is here!

Co-presenting with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, LOCUS returns with the 2nd Annual Do-It-Yourself Music Video Premiere Night.  Not quite sure what that means? Well, not long ago LOCUS played matchmaker with APA filmmakers and musicians and, after pairing them with one another, challenged each group to make a music video in two months with little to no budget. Not only could you be among the first to view the results this Friday, you will also get to see the musicians perform live! This is an event that would do Wrigley's Doublemint gum slogan proud, because it would be double the pleasure and double the fun.

So don't miss it! You can view last year's videos and vote for your favorite video from this year's batch at the CAAM website. The video with the most votes will win a spot in the coming San Francisco International Asian American Festival! Event info follows, and you can also visit our calender posting or the LOCUS website for more details.

Friday, February 20
8-11 pm (doors open at 7pm)
Root Division
3175 17th Street @ S. Van Ness
Admission: $10 suggested donation
All ages.

Call For Entries, Film Festival Deadlines

From the east coast to the west, February brings opportunities to filmmakers everywhere.

With a record number of nearly 18,000 attendees last year, the San Diego Film Festival returns for its 10th year. Be part of the celebration of Asian American media by submitting your own shorts, animation, feature length, documentary or music videos. There's a minimum cash prize of $1,000 for the Jury Winner and all films are automatically entered into competition. Think about that: way better odds than the Lotto. The festival is in October, but the April 30th early deadline for entries is sooner than you think, so visit their website for more information.

Another deadline is right around the corner, and that's for the 9th Annual Slant: Bold Asian American Images in Houston, Texas. As a festival of short films, covering all kinds of genres, it will sure appeal to people who like to get to the good stuff quickly. It's also worth mentioning that the festival's curator is Hyphen's own founding editor, Melissa Hung! Deadline is February 23rd so do make sure you postmark accordingly. Follow this link to read up on more details, and act fast.

In New York, gears churn for the next Asian American International Film Festival. Their regular deadline is tomorrow -- but don't panic. The final deadline gives you until February 25th. With six categories currently accepting submissions, they are looking for films of different strokes to please the many different folks. Follow their submission guideline here, and take part in the first and longest running festival to recognize the works of Asian American filmmakers.

Your camerawork wants to fly. Set it free.

Hyphen Holiday Happy Hour, Issue 16 Release Celebration


When Thursday dreams, it dreams of reindeer sweaters and eggnog.

Come celebrate the holidays early with Hyphen, as our newest issue comes out, hot off the press and straight to your hands. We mean it! The early birds get their worms, as the first 50 guests will receive a free copy of our Issue #16, the Consumption issue. Latecomers, worry not -- subscribe that night and get four issues for $15 or eight issues for $25. That's a $10 savings for eight issues! You can't say we don't have your back.

So come and hang out with your favorite Hyphen peeps at our happy hour event. There will be eggnog specials at the bar, and copies of the Consumption issue handy as you read about respecting rice, chinky fonts, conscious hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, and much much more. Have I mentioned we are also giving away rice? Rejoice, consume and celebrate!

Thursday, December 18th
Sugar Cafe, San Francisco
679 Sutter Street
6 to 10 pm
$5 to 10 Sliding Scale Donation

Visit our events page for more info.

Make Your Own Music Videos at Locus Arts

While Cupid sleeps, Locus Arts works. Pairing doesn't come more naturally as Locus Arts looks to team up Asian American artists again for the Second Annual DIY Music Video Night.

Live recording of shows from digital cameras are nice, but after a certain point enough is enough. Locus Arts will pair up musicians with directors to collaborate on music videos. The process will involve minimal, if any, budget. The result, however, will be as real as they get. The videos will premiere at a Locus event in February 2009, with the possibility of entry into a competitive event in March. The winner of last year's competition, a video featuring the Autonomous Region and directed by Jason Nou, screened at the 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

Visit Locus Arts or Kearny Street Workshop for more information about submissions. Got questions? brandon [at] ( Ask Brandon). You can also watch videos from last year's DIY event here. Just look under the "Locus Arts Do It Yourself Music Video Contest" tab.

Deadline to let them know you are interested is coming up on December 14, so make your move quickly!

MATCHA: Afghanistan! Tonight, Nov 6th


Another MATCHA season came and is going, going, going to be gone! 

Come to the Asian Art Museum tonight from 5 to 9pm and partake in 2008's last MATCHA.  The theme's Afghanistan and the event schedule goes a little like this:

5-9 pm: Afghan food tastings
5-9 pm: Make your own jewelry
6:30-7:30 pm: The Afghan Heritage of Peace and Religious Tolerance: Celebrating one thousand years of Sufi literature. Scholar Robert Abdul Hayy Darr presents readings from the poetry of Hakim Sana'i, Abdullah Ansari, Jalaluddin Rumi, Rabia Balkhi, Khalilullah Khalili, and other great Sufis of Afghanistan. This is part of the Society for Asian Art First Thursday Lecture Series.
7:30 pm: Performance by Ballet Afsaneh
Time TBD: Docent conversations in the special exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
Ongoing: Free raffle drawing

MATCHA is FREE with museum admission and otherwise it's only $5 after 5pm!
*The peeps of Hyphen will also be tabling at the event so don't be a stranger!  Stop by, loiter around and check out our latest issue and merchandise.
Follow this link to get more information on tonight's MATCHA.

iLL-Literacy + Book Release at Milk Bar this Sunday

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Gardeners to the lyrical fruits of letters unite, as iLL-Literacy's Natural Electricity Tour hits Milk Bar in San Francisco this Sunday for a night of spoken words, hip hop and music.  It will feature iLL-Literacy with its full band, Hi-Lifes,  and a live performance from Bay Area hip hop band, The Getback.  Ruby Veridiano-Ching, the sole female member of iLL-Literacy, will also celebrate the debut of her poetry and short writing book, titled Miss Universe.  More, more, more!  MADE Jewelry will be showcasing the exclusive "Miss Universe Earrings" at the event as well.

iLL-Literacy is an internationally-acclaimed
spoken word collective based in Oakland, CA, consisting of members
Adriel Luis, Dahlak Brathwaite, Nico Cary, and Ruby Veridiano-Ching . 
Stop by.  Check out this collective of poets and MCs that have been featured on HBO's Def Poetry and MTV.  Let them move you, let yourself be moved.  Sometimes words do speak louder than actions.

This event is 21+ only, since Milk Bar serves more than just milk.
Tickets are $8 each for pre-sale and $12 at the door.
The excitement starts at 8pm, 10/26.

Please visit iLL-Literacy's website and Brown Paper Tickets for more information and tickets. 

Ahoy! Ninjas! a Halloween Costume Affair

All bets are off this Halloween as the personalities of the sea meet the acrobatic magicians for one night of Pirates vs Ninjas... dance off!!

Rum will be flowing at the G3 Lounge and the backdrop will include one of the best musical lineups booties can buy, with a one-two punch of live hip hop performances and smooth DJs.

Come dressed up in costumes and you will get in with a discount.  Come dressed up in really good costumes and you might leave with a $100 cash prize.  Enjoy the party, stay for the Pirate vs Ninjas dance battle between Hella Hung and MrTikTak.  The night will take no prisoners and neither should you.

Live Ninjutsu by:
The Bash Brothers
MC Translation

Pirate DJs:
Oaty Love

Hosted by:
Hella Hung
Lisa Oh!

Party will be happening at G3 Lounge
3910 Geary @ 3rd Ave
San Francisco, CA
9pm - 2am, 21+
$15 admission, $10 with costumes

* The first person to email our lanlian [at] (Lanlian) with "Ahoy Ninjas" in the headline will get a pair of free tickets to the party.

For more information on this event, please visit 4D Com at

Film Fest Weekend in Austin, Philly and San Diego

This is a weekend of visual bliss for the movie buffs, as the Austin Asian American Film Festival, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and the San Diego Asian Film Festival are all opening this Thursday!

The 1st Annual Austin Asian American Film Festival promises to bring about the best Asian and Asian American cinema to a place that has supported one of the fastest growing Asian communities in the nation.  The festival features Hollywood Chinese and Still Life as the opening and closing night films, both will premiere for the first time in Texas.  Come enjoy this can't-miss event and a live, multimedia concert AAAFF will be hosting at Club de Ville.  The festival runs from October 9th to the 12th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.  For more information please visit their website at

Meanwhile, in Philly, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will also be hosting their first annual film festival, running from the 9th to the 12th as well.  With their films the PAAFF will explore the Asian American identity and experience, thereby joining the ranks of other film festivals to bring about Asian American awareness in one of the largest cities nationwide.  Their opening night film, Far North, will premiere at the Bridge:  Cinema de Lux and followed immediately by a free reception at the Carriage House.  Please visit their website at for showing and ticket info.

Going on its 9th year now is the San Diego Asian Film Festival.  Running for over a week, from the 9th to the 16th, SDAFF will open with Ping Pong Playa, directed by the Academy Award winning director Jessica Yu, and close with Yamazaki Takashi's Always 2: Sunset on Third Street.  To get information on the 140-plus films they will be featuring from 17 different countries, along with schedules for their celebrity panel discussions, check out their website at

Mr. Hyphen & Presale Bliss

One Asian American stereotype is that we are stingy but, seriously,
what's wrong with trying to save some dough? This is especially true
when it comes to tomorrow's Mr. Hyphen show: you have just ONE MORE DAY
to buy your pre-sale tickets online for $15, a whopping $5 discount
from the $20 at the door!  And this is not your store-brand knock-off -
you'll get all the same quality for less the price. Guaranteed. 

You can buy these exciting tickets here. Go on. Click on it. Let your inner stereotype rejoice.

Sikh International Film Festival - Oct 4th, NYC

You saw it in our calendar, you read about it in our email blast and now it's just a day away!

The Sikh International Film Festival will feature Ocean of Pearls, a story directed by Sarab S. Neelam about a young Sikh doctor struggling with the inequalities of the American Health System and ultimately his own identity.  The festival will also include four documentaries and 10 short/children's films, with an after party at Asia Socity's Leo Bar where you could mingle with all the festival guests. 

Eric Tam (Six Days of Mr. Hyphen 2008)

Eric Tam.jpgMr. Hyphen 2008 contestant Eric Tam will represent the Asian American Donor Program, a community non-profit organization geared towards saving lives.  AADP is an official recruitment group of the National Marrow Donor Program, specializing in conducting outreach and donor drives in the Asian Pacific Islander and Multi-racial communities.

Scott Chan (Six Days of Mr. Hyphen 2008)

scottchan.jpgMr. Hyphen 2008 contestant Scott Chan will represent Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, a nonprofit organization that works to achieve its mission by developing leaders within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country.  LEAP believes leaders know the issues and are capable of informing and empowering communities.