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Rizal Day celebration at National City, 12/30/11

A floral offering at 10:30 a.m. in front of Seafood City kicks off the 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of the National Hero of the Philippines, under the auspices of the Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County (COPAO). This will be immediately followed by a short program and refreshments at the COPAO Center.

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Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema, Screening and/or Brunch Reception – LA, 12/4/11

Dawn of APA Cinema

“Join us for a special brunch reception honoring Visual Communications’ founding members Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong, who will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo, at the Chop Suey Café in Historic Los Angeles Little Tokyo on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 starting at 11:00 AM. Then, join us and our guests as we screen a selection of newly-restored Visual Communications classics as part of our special program Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema, at the Downtown Independent starting at 2:00 PM.

Community Visionaries will feature a selection of groundbreaking Visual Communications “classics,” all restored through the Academy Archives and presented here in brand-new 16mm film prints. Additionally, Visual Communications founders Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo to share with the audience their experiences producing community-based media for a “back-yard” project that evolved into a revered community and national institution.”

Films to be screened:
Wong Sinsaang (1971, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12min.)
Directed by Eddie Wong

Manzanar (1971, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
Directed by Robert Nakamura

City City (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 11min.)
Directed by Donna Deitch and Duane Kubo

I Told You So (1974, 16mm, b/w, sound, 18min.)
Directed by Alan Kondo

Cruisin’ J-Town (1975, 16mm, color, sound, 22min.)
Directed by Duane Kubo

Kularts presents “You Will Gonna Go Crazy” – SF, 10/21 – 10/30/11

Sorry about the wonky post a few days back! Accidentally clicked publish before this entry was ready to go. Anyway, here comes a description of the event:

“In You Will Gonna Go Crazy, a hilariously sad and lyrical semiautobiographical multimedia dance-theatre play, Hasón, a wise-cracking crybaby, is forever on a quest to become uncried in the wake of his family’s traumatic past. Hasón’s mother, a melodramatic and beautiful nurse, was framed and arrested by the FBI for murder in 1976. Based on interviews, unpublished diaries, memoirs, and personal archives, this intimate coming-of-age story explores the traumatic impacts of racist history on the Filipino American family.”

  • WHERE: Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission St., San Francisco
  • WHEN: Fri October 21 & 28 | 8PM
    Sat October 22 & 29 | 8PM
    Sun October 23 & 30 | 3PM
  • HOW MUCH: $7 Preview night performance, October 21 ONLY!
    $11 Student/Senior discount
    $13 in advance
    $15-17 sliding scale at the door
  • MORE INFO: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198717

Pilipino Americans Got Talent – Carson, 10/29/11 – Accepting Applications!

“Enter to win $500. Any talent is welcome as long as a Pilipino historical and/or cultural element is incorporated. To enter the “Pilipino Americans Got Talent” contest, download the application, fill it up, and turn it in to SouthBay Pavilion Guest Services no later than 8pm on October 15, 2011.”

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)

More info: http://pawablog.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/10232011-pawa-presents-a-hip-hop-theater-workshop-with-kilusan-bautista-at-bindlestiff-studio/

Production of “A Bird Returning Home Without Its Wings” – LA, 8/13/11

A Bird Returning Home Without Its Wings

“This Pan Pacific production of “A Bird Returning Home Without Its Wings” seeks to present a mix of horror and hope as the Comfort Women struggle to return to their lives after their traumatic years as sex slaves. The performance will be in Korean with some English.

Through the end of World War II an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 WOMEN (as young as 10 years old) were forced into sexual slavery. Children from across the Pacific Netherlands and Canada were taken by the Japanese military and placed into “sex” camps, often raped over 30 times a day.

The victimization of women continues to this day. From the stoning of women in the Middle East to the trafficking of children and women as sex slaves, it remains important to share these horrific stories so that we may never repeat them. It is only through the active reminders of our tragic past can we move beyond them. This special presentation of a celebrated production of “A Bird Returning Home Without Its Wings” is a small step in that direction.

All proceeds from the production will go to the “War & Women’s Human Rights Center” in South Korea. The center works with the Korean Council for Women on behalf of all the countless women who suffered at the hands of the Japanese Military during World War 2.”

  • WHERE: Los Angeles City Community College, Camino Theatre
    855 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
  • WHEN: Saturday, 8/13/11, 5-6:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $20 General Admission, $15 Senior/Student; all proceeds go to the War and Human Rights Center in South Korea
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107037936061330

Nikkei Family Legacy Project Kick Off – SF, 8/6/11

Nikkei Family Legacy Project Kick Off

“Ever thought of making your own family tree, but have no idea of how to get started? Started making your family tree, but need help in finding more family members? Join us as we host a Kick Off to help you with the following:

* Learn about the Nikkei Family Legacy Project and the importance of documenting your family history
* Learn from others who researched and made their own Japanese American family history books and get inspired!
* Learn from Genealogy experts about how you can begin researching your own family history
* Learn from experts from the National Archives, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and learn how to research your family Koseki (Japanese Family Registry).”

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.”

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival – LA, 7/9/11 – 7/10/11

Hompa Hongwanji Obon Festival

“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”

HiddenLA’s Little Tokyo Scavenger Hunt & Neighborhood Hang – LA, 7/2/11

Hidden LA Little Tokyo

“Think you know Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo District? Well, you’ll see its streets very differently by the time we’re done with you! 🙂

Our event will begin with participants dividing up into teams of four (don’t worry about showing up alone or in a small group, half of the fun is meeting new people!). A list of newly updated scavenger hunt clues will be handed out (easier clues will be provided for children) and teams will be sent on a mission to explore a contained four or five block area.

At a pre-ordained time, participants will be asked to meet back up at a specified location where we will talk about what was discovered as we learn more about the history behind the locations which were just explored.

Tour cost does not include food or drink (or optional small scavenger hunt trinkets we might suggest you purchase to make the day more fun). Be aware, we are currently working on restaurant and bar discounts for tour participants. :D”

  • WHERE: The steps in front of the Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/2/11, 11:30am (Check-in begins 11am)
  • HOW MUCH: Tickets range from $0-$20 depending on age; see event website
  • MORE INFO: info