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Sora and the Cloud Book Release Party – SF, 12/10/11

Sora and the Cloud

“Please join us in celebrating the release of Felicia Hoshino’s latest children’s book, “Sora and the Cloud” with a bilingual book reading and signing.

December 10, 2011
2:30 pm -4:30 pm
… Free and Open to the Pubic
Call us at 415-567-5505, email programsevents@jcccnc.org to RSVP.

Up in a tree a friendly cloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora and the Cloud share a breath-taking adventure in the sky. Birds, kites and fireworks whirl by, as Sora connects his past experiences with the present.

This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino’s evocative style of mixed media. Plus the Japanese translation, by Akiko Hisa highlights empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange.

Light refreshments will be served.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/10/11, 2:30-4:30pm
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/136755986427313/

DVAN Annual Holiday Fundraiser – SF, 12/10/11

DVAN Annual Fundraiser

“This holiday season, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invites you to our annual fundraiser and social mixer.

Celebrate with a reading from fiction writer Angie Chau (Quiet As They Come) and exhibits from visual artists Viet Le and Julie Thi Underhill. Meet other emerging and established literary and visual artists and learn about the DVAN Youth Group.

Reading, Art, Pecha Kucha & Dancing
Silent Auction

Delicious Appetizers, Street Food Carts and Wine Bar

Suggestion Donation at Door: Sliding Scale $10-20

We accept donations at http://www.dvanonline.com/donate/
DVAN. Support the arts. Support self and community.

Ample Street Parking Available.”

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
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/#30

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!”

Interdisciplinary Writers Lab Literary Reading & Online Anthology Launch – 7/6/11

Chicken Skin and Impossible Trees

“A select group of the Bay Area’s brightest emerging writers have been conducting literary experiments. These daring writers, under the guidance of established artists, have crossbred genres and dabbled in new literary forms. On July 6 & 7, the IWL will reveal their creations! Celebrate the launch of Chicken Skin and Impossible Trees, the 2011 IWL online anthology.

IWL Participants: Indira Allegra, Maria Allocco, Erika Cespedes-Kent, Elwin Cotman, Sarah Dayley, Will Gutierrez, Lisa Hsia, Nayomi Munaweera, Jen Palmares Meadows, Ron Ragin and Jenny Strauss

IWL Instructors: Jaime Cortez, Cheryl Dunye, Leticia Hernandez, and Brenda Wong Aoki”

4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival – LA, 6/11/11

4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

“The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival (www.mxroots.org) is a free public event targeting the growing population of multiracial and multicultural individuals and families. The Festival brings together film and book lovers, innovative artists, and individuals and families interested in the Mixed racial and cultural experience.

The Festival hosts the largest West Coast party for Loving Day, a nationwide celebration of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the right of different races to marry.” (-mxroots.org)

“The Mixed Roots Festival is an annual event dedicated to sharing and nurturing storytelling of the Mixed and hapa experience. The Festival includes film screenings, readings, workshops, live performance and a special family event and the largest West Coast Loving Day celebration – all free and open to all!” (-Japanese American National Museum)

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA
  • WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 6/11/11-6/12/11
  • MORE INFO: http://www.mxroots.org/

Silk Road Storytime – Pasadena, 6/4/11

“Enjoy stories from China with everyone’s favorite storyteller Sunny Stevenson, plus a fun craft, Asian snacks and a balloon.”

Making Home From War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement – 5/24/11

Making Home from War

“Making Home from War is a collection of true tales about the exodus from the internment camps into a world that in a few years had drastically changed. For most, going home meant learning to live in a hostile, racist environment. Some returned to find they had lost their homes. Join us when editor Brian Komei Dempster, project manager Jill Shiraki and former camp internees Harumi Serata, Kiku Funabiki and Flo Dobashi tell their stories. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.”

APIA Heritage Literary Night at OACC – 5/12/11, Oakland

“Co-presented by Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc (PAWA, Inc.)

Join OACC for a literary evening featuring local and diverse APIA writers Vanessa Huang, Jason Bayani, Margaret Rhee, and Robert Ricardo Reese. This event is curated by Barbara Jane Reyes.”

Karen Tei Yamashita’s I-HOTEL, Bindlestiff Studio – SF, 12/3 – 12/4

A theatrical staged reading of Karen Tei Yamashita’s novel on the I-Hotel, on the spot where the I-Hotel once stood.. For those of you who need a quick brushing up, this was the place where 30 old (mostly) Filipino tenants lived after working years and years in the fields or serving in war, and then big companies wanted to raze the building for economic reasons. Thousands of people came out to support the manongs, and this was a huge thing during the 70s.

It’s a big thing that we can reclaim this space for ourselves. It’s also cool cuz I’m performing on Saturday. 😉 The art exhibit is also fantastic, and the author will be in attendance. Highly recommended.