Cynthia Brothers is from Seattle and has recently worked as a grantmaker in the immigrant rights and civic engagement fields, with the AAPI online organizing group 18 Million Rising, and with pro-migrant arts and culture group CultureStrike. She's also paid the rent as a mental health researcher, public benefits outreach worker, and espresso flunky. She's performed with the Tribes Project in the U.S., Mexico, and South Africa, and in addition to Hyphen, has been published in the International Examiner and Mavin Magazine. Cynthia first got mixed up with Hyphen by covering the 2008 New York Asian American Film Festival. She's also blogged at www.bicoastalbitchin.com.
Exhibit on historical Asian American representation in comics, APA visionaries, a celebration to close out APIA Heritage Month, and more.
Asian Heritage Street Celebration and International District Jamfest, Workers' Rights hearing, HIV/AIDS services fundraiser, and plenty of film, spoken word, music, and theater performances.
APIA literary events on both coasts, MATCHA Bali Art Mixer, The ReWrite Showcase, Mouth to Mouth open mic...and don't forget Hyphen's Big Open House!
Quentin Lee's good ol’ fashioned hag-and-sassy-fag-unplanned-pregnancy-quest-for-true-love story.
Hyphen Bittersweet Issue Teaser Party, poetry readings, filmmaking in Taiwan, young adult fiction, and more events kicking off APIA Heritage Month.
Mondega album release party, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Lao New Year Celebration, and more.
MATCHA Contemporary Chinese Art Mixer, A Conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston, Film Festivals in San Diego & San Francisco, and more.
Thursday March 10th - San Francisco
Community Youth Center Festival of Youth
The mission of CYC iso empower and strengthen high-need Asain youth by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other support services. Come support the organization by attending it's 41st annual "Festival of Youth" Gala. Includes dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and a raffle. More info here.
Wednesday February 16th through Saturday March 5th -- NYC
This new play written by Kyoung H. Park and directed by Carlos Armesto tells the story of Ju Yeon, an immigrant living in New York, who has distanced herself from her Korean roots. When a sudden crisis hits her family, she must return to Korea and face her parents and the life she abandoned long ago. More info here.
7:30 pm Thurs-Sat
3 pm Saturday
Wednesday February 9th -- St. Paul
TruthTellers Kick-Off Performance
ThruthTellers is a collective of Hmong American artists, ranging from spoken word poets, musicians, comedians, and theatre artists offering a perspective into voices not well-represented in the mainstream. Catch their free kick-off performance this Wednesday. More info here.
Black Dog Cafe
308 Prince St, St. Paul, MN
Spoken word heavyweight Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai recently dropped her second album Further She Wrote, a follow-up to her 2007 album Infinity Breaks. Produced by Black Cracker, the electro-hop beats interwoven with Kelly’s resonant and uninhibited poetry create haunting atmosphere and electric depth. Listen and download a “name your price” copy on her Bandcamp site, and check back often at her personal site for tour dates. Look for a review of Further She Wrote in Issue 23 of Hyphen.
Kelly recently did a Q&A with the folks at Bicoastal Bitchin. Here are selected excerpts from her interview.
Wednesday January 19th -- NYC
AALDEF Young Professionals Committee Happy Hour
The Young Professionals Committee of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) is kicking off the new year with a happy hour to benefit its Economic Justice Project. Includes food and drink specials. More info here.
6 to 9 pm
Kero One's new album spans a wide variety of styles under the hip hop umbrella, and features artists such as Esna, Tablo of Epik High, and Dumbfoundead.
Wednesday January 12th -- Everywhere
Creating Inclusive Spaces for APIA Students Webinar
The Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is hosting a webinar focusing on APIA student centers and their fight for presence, space, and a voice on campuses across the country. A panel of APIA student service center directors will share their experiences developing centers and building institutional and financial support.
12:15 to 1:30 pm EST
Los Angeles-based soul/R&B musician Dawen takes us on a walk through the year that was in Asian American music, with his personal picks from each month of 2010. But these artists aren't going anywhere, and many will be touring and/or putting out new material in 2011 -- so be sure to check out their site links below. Take it away, Dawen!
Saturday January 8th and Wednesday January 12th -- NYC & DC
Cynthia Lin Performances
Singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin, on the heels of her new release Microscope, will be performing two solo acoustic shows on the East coast.
1/8: 3 pm
The Coffee Foundry
186 W 4th St, New York
1/12: 7:30 pm (fundraiser for Kollaboration DC)
Chinatown Cultural Center
616 H St NW Suite 201, Washington DC
Slim pickins for events this week, as it's the holidaze and folks are likely otherwise occupied with exercising their Holiday Spirit (eatin', shoppin', boozin', etc). Keeping in mind these revered traditions, Hyphenite will be off next week, and I will be dispensing an extra pour of rum into the ol' nog. Happy Festivus and see you in the new year!
Friday December 22nd -- Chicago
Stir Friday Night (SFN)
Kyle Chu wins crown and $1,000 for Center for Asian American Media.
Kyle Chu’s electrifying performance and personal account about how Asian American stereotypes have impacted his life catapulted him over four other contestants to take the Mr. Hyphen crown for 2010.
Wednesday December 8th -- NYC
At Your Service 2
Get your holiday shopping done at "At Your Service 2" -- a holiday service and not-so-silent auction to benefit the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation's only pan-Asian childrens' rights organization. Bid on amazing services such as dance lessons, home-cooked meals, fitness sessions, and more. Emcee'd by comedian and host of K-Date, Helen Hong.
6:30 to 10 pm
Thursday December 2nd -- NYC
'90s kPop Party
Wired Rebels and My Ninja! present a dance party tribute to all things '90s kPop. With DJs Peter Rocks and Denkym. Proceeds will benefit the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) and the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF). More info here.
70 Madison Ave
Now through Sunday December 19th -- Los Angeles
Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open
Actress and musician Gwendoline Yeo's show, Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open, is a celebration of her cultural journey from Singapore to America, accompanied by her performance on the gu-zheng (Chinese long zither). More info here.
Tuesday November 9th to Monday November 15th -- Toronto
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Wednesday November 10th -- NYC
Museum of Chinese in America Young Professionals YPX Gala
Almost 400 eager folks packed the Brava! Theatre last Saturday night to ogle and root for five Mr. Hyphen contestants and the nonprofits they represented: Jeremy "Kilusan" Bautista (United Playaz), Kyle Chu (Center for Asian American Media), Anthony Kim (Korean Community Center of the East Bay), Antonio Moya (Mabuhay Health Center) and Ryan Takemiya (National Asian Pacific American Womens' Forum).
A coalition of websites have teamed up to create a counter-campaign against the creepy "Chinese Professor" political ad put out by last week by conservative group.
Thursday October 14th -- NYC
Asian American Arts Centre Arts Slam
For the past several years, the Asian American Arts Centre has held a series of art slams, allowing emerging artists an opportunity to present and talk about their work, as well as network with established artists, critics, and curators. This Art Slam will showcase the work of Jing Zhou, Vivian Oyarbide, Maia Cruz Palileo, Uday Kdhar, and Carol Tanjutco.
5 to 6:30 pm
Asian American Arts Centre
Tuesday September 28th -- NYC
Photography as Primary and Secondary Data with Corky Lee
Corky Lee, the "undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate", will exhibit 24 of his photographs and discuss their cultural and historical significance to New York City's Asian American community. Presented by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY. More info here.
3 to 4 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
25 W 43rd St, New York
Wednesday September 22nd -- Pleasanton & San Francisco
The Lucky Ones Reading & Book Signing
Mae Ngai, author of The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America, will be reading from her book -- which follows 100 years of one of the first Chinese immigrant families and their rise to the middle class.
11:30 am to 1 pm
Towne Center Books
555 Main St, Pleasanton, CA
Wednesday September 15th -- San Francisco
Hep B Panel and Reception
Ten percent of Asian & Pacific Islanders in the US have chronic hepatitis B. Join this panel discussion that examines the socioeconomic, political, and genetic factors that contribute to the risk, as well as best practices for addressing it. Wine and sushi reception to follow.
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
600 16th St, San Francisco
Wednesday September 8th -- Philadelphia
This Woman's Work Reception and Readings
This Woman's Work is a collection by Lorelei Narvaja of interviews, essays, and photos from Filipina women and their experiences living in the US.
6 to 8 pm
Green Life Cafe
4426 Locust St, Philadelphia
Thursday September 9th -- NYC
Ground Zero: Book Party for Hiroshima in the Morning
Wednesday August 25th -- Oakland
Binh Danh: New Work
The Mills College Art Museum presents a solo exhibition of new work by Bay Area multimedia artist Binh Danh, entitled "Collecting Memories", featuring daguerreotypes, chllorophyll prints, photographs, and historical artifacts, which capture past and present memories of the Vietnam War. Through December 12, 2010.
8/25: Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Wednesday August 18th through Saturday August 21st - Los Angeles & O.C.
Last for One Showcase
8/18: 7:30 pm
Korean Cultural center
5505 Wilshire Blvs, Los Angeles
8/20: 8 pm
"One Dream" Performance
Wednesday August 4th -- San Diego
Bruce Lee Celebration
This year marks the 70th birthday of legend Bruce Lee. To celebrate, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation will present an outdoor screening of Enter the Dragon, with special appearance by co-star Jim Kelly, a martial arts exhibition, and Bruce Lee look-alike contest. More info here.
Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza
3870 Valley Centre Drive, San Diego