Category Archives: Discussion

Seeds of Resilience: Women on the Frontlines of Climate Solutions – Berkeley, 12/6/11

Seeds of Resilience

“This will be a personal report back on the unique 2011 India Women, Food Security and Climate Change Training, which is a collaboration of WEA and our Indian partner, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group. We will shine the light on real heroines of our time, who are striving in the face of climate change by ecologically managing their farms and natural resources, asserting their rights as farmers and building the leadership of other rural women.

*Featuring Buddhist scholar and teacher Joanna Macy.

*Listen to personal stories and accounts of how women farmers truly hold the key to food and economic security in communities across India
*Enjoy savory Indian snacks and live classical Indian music.”

History & Culture of Japanese Pastries, the Chocolate Alternative – LA, 11/19/11

“Free with Admission!

Tokyo based pastry chef Chikara Mizukami and food writer Sonoko Sakai will discuss the healthful aspects of Japanese pastries, perspectives on Japanese pastries and tea, and Japanese influence on Western pastries.

Chikara Mizukami was born in Yamanashi prefecture. He comes from a family of wagashi makers. Traditionally, it is the oldest son who inherits the business and the younger sons will pursue other careers. As the fourth son, Mizukami initially studied accounting but realized that wagashi was his calling. Mizukami began his career as a wagashi maker in Kyoto, where he worked at Shioyoshiken. After leaving Shioyoshiken, Mizukami went to work at Kawaguchiya in Nagoya. He moved to Tokyo and opened his wagahi shop at the age of 29. His wagashi shop, Ikkoan, is visited by people from all over the world. Mizukami is passionate about Wagashi and is interested in promoting and preserving the 1400 year tradition. Mizukami has travelled to Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Montreal to do workshops and lectures. This is his first two-city tour in the U.S. in Seattle and Los Angeles. He has been making wagashi for more than 30 years.”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 11/19/11, 2-4pm
  • HOW MUCH: Free with Museum admission

Sanjay Patel in Conversation with Curator Qamar Adamjee – SF, 11/12/11

Sanjay Patel

“Join Pixar animator and storyboard artist Sanjay Patel in conversation with Qamar Adamjee, the Asian Art Museum’s Associate Curator of South Asian art, for a discussion on Sanjay’s artistic process and dialogue with Indian art and culture.”

PAWA Presents a Hip-Hop Theater Workshop with Kilusan Bautista at Bindlestiff Studio, 10/23/11, SF

Image design: Bryan Marcelino

“How can the Hip Hop generation reclaim its voice and use the aesthetics of Hip Hop culture for personal healing and cultural empowerment? Universal Filipino, written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, is a solo Hip Hop Theater Production that explores the dual identity processes for Filipino Americans in a modern, multicultural racist America. An excerpt of the full production will be presented along with an in-depth discussion based on the themes of Universal Filipino. Lets share our personal histories in order to move forward as a united community that embraces the personal and political sides of our historical movement.

All ages are welcome to join. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.”

Where: Bindlestiff Studio • 185 Sixth Street • San Francisco, CA 94103
When: Sunday October 23, 2011 • 1-4 pm
Tuition: $10-15 sliding scale suggested for students/teachers/artists; $15-25 general. Please make checks payable to PAWA (please write “10/23 workshop” on the memo line)  • PO Box 31928 • San Francisco, CA 94131-0928 (paypal option forthcoming)

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Yu-Ai Kai Book Club discusses Kiyo’s Story – San Jose, 8/5/11

Kiyo's Story

“The JAMsj / Yu-Ai Kai Book Club will discuss Nisei writer Kiyo Sato’s saga of her family life in America entitled “Kiyo’s Story: a Japanese-American Family’s Quest for the American Dream” (originally entitled “Dandelion Through the Crack”). It is a compelling story of starting a family in California, surviving the Great Depression, being taken to concentration camps, and in the end overcoming everything else that was thrown their way.”

The Shifting Grounds of Race by Scott Kurashige – LA, 7/30/11

The Shifting Grounds of Race

“Los Angeles has attracted intense attention as a “world city” characterized by multiculturalism and globalization. Yet, little is known about the historical transformation of a place whose leaders proudly proclaimed themselves white supremacists less than a century ago. In The Shifting Grounds of Race, Scott Kurashige highlights the role African Americans and Japanese Americans played in the social and political struggles that remade twentieth-century Los Angeles.

Linking paradigmatic events like Japanese American internment and the Black civil rights movement, Kurashige transcends the usual “black/white” dichotomy to explore the multiethnic dimensions of segregation and integration. Racism and sprawl shaped the dominant image of Los Angeles as a “white city.” But they simultaneously fostered a shared oppositional consciousness among Black and Japanese Americans living as neighbors within diverse urban communities.

This extraordinarily ambitious book adds new depth and complexity to our understanding of the “urban crisis” and offers a window into America’s multiethnic future.”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum in LA
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/30/11, 2pm
  • HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission

PAWA Workshop: How to Submit Your Work for Publication – SF, 7/30/11

PAWA Workshop: How to Submit Your Work for Publication

“What to Bring: yourselves, your questions, your current submissions packets, your current submissions calls resources.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and emerging writers with limited or no experience with the submissions process, or writers with some submissions experience, who would like to refine or clarify their own current processes.

For more information, please email:

I have the space reserved from 10 am until 2 pm, and will use that entire time if necessary, to present, to discuss, to answer questions.

The rationale for this workshop: For some time now, I have been receiving a volume of email questions, many people asking me how to submit work, how to make a submission, how to determine where to submit. There is no single or quick way to answer these questions adequately, especially via email, especially when I do not know the writer and/or his/her publication experience/history.

I am therefore conducting a workshop via PAWA, so that I can have the space to answer these questions in a non-virtual forum, but first, break it down: What are the do’s and don’t’s. In other words, what are our commandments, and what are our cardinal sins.

* I will compile and present resources, places where I find submissions calls.
* We will discuss how and where we decide to submit our work.
* We will discuss literary journals, magazines, anthologies. We will discuss print and online publication.
* We will talk about cover letters and bio statements.
* We will read a number of sample submissions calls carefully for the directions that we must follow. What does each publication require? For example: What are their page limits and formatting specifics, what are their policies on snail mail versus online submissions, on unpublished or previously published work?
* We will discuss ways of recording/tracking our submissions.
Finally, we will Q&A until we’re good and done.” -Barbara Jane Reyes

18th Annual Labor Fest: Unsung Heroes of U.S. History

18th Annual Labor Fest: Unsung Heroes of U.S. History

“6:00-7:00 PM – Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine War – A Conflict of Conscience for African Americans

Descendents of Buffalo Soldiers who married Filipino women and moved back to the Bay Area will be invited to share their family stories.

7:00-8:00 PM – Film Preview of “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW”

The Delano Manongs tells the unknown history of a group of Filipino farmworkers in Delano, California who toiled under the yoke of racism for decades, then rose up in their twilight years to fight for fair wages and ethical work conditions.

The Manongs (a Manong is a Filipino term of respect for an older brother) instigated one of the American labor movement’s finest hours – the Great Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about a successful joining of the Filipino and Chicano (Mexican-American) labor groups and the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). This program will show the 10 min. trailer. There will also be a discussion with the film’s director Marissa Aroy.

8:00-9:00 PM – Tribute to Al Robles “Uncle Al”

Alfred A. Robles (February 16, 1930 – May 2, 2009) dedicated his life to working for social justice. A community character, he was instrumental in the political fight against the city to stop the demolition of the International Hotel on Kearny Street.”

Panel with Filipino American Authors Gemma Nemenzo and Lorenzo Paran III – Daly City, 7/16/11

Daly City Library Filipino American Authors

“Join us on Saturday, July 16th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Community Room.

Authors Gemma Nemenzo and Lorenzo Paran III will be participating in a panel discussion with Moderator Jackie Castilleja-Guingona.”

  • WHERE: Serramonte Main Library, Community Room
    40 Wembley Drive
    Daly City, CA 94015
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/16/11, 11am-12:30pm

Andrew Lam, Angie Chau, and Isabelle Pelaud on Vietnamese American Identity, Literature and California – SF, 7/14/11

On Vietnamese American Identity, Literature and California

“The San Francisco Chronicle described ANGIE CHAU’s Quiet As They Come as “a powerful mix of tragedy and kindness, of miscommunications and all-too-painful empathy, which bound together are a resonating homage to many an immigrant.” She was born in Vietnam and now lives in Eddie Money’s former studio in Oakland.

ANDREW LAM is a writer and a co-founder of New America Media. Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora has won the Pen American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, and was short-listed for “Asian American Literature Award”. East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres was published in October 2010 and listed as top ten indie books by Shelf Unbound magazine.

ISABELLE PELAUD is associate professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

These three local authors will read from their work and talk about Vietnamese American identity and literature and California. Bring your questions, observations, and join the discussion!”