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My Grandmother’s House & Native American Storytelling – LA, 12/3/11

My Grandmother's House & Native American Storytelling

“Native American storyteller, Loren Russell, tells how a Japanese American Concentration Camp on his Reservation made an impact in the lives of his people.”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/3/11, 2-4pm
  • HOW MUCH: Museum Admission
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2011/12/#03

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

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

Reading to benefit Serve the People – Oakland, 7/17/11

Serve the People

“The reading will feature prose, poetry, and music. Performers include: Dickson Lam, David Maduli, and youth from the grassroots organization Serve the People (STP). We will also be displaying art and selling t-shirts as well! Proceeds will benefit STP. No one turned away for lack of funds.

*Dickson Lam earned his MFA degree in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University and is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia U…niversity. He has taught in small schools in New York, Oakland, and San Francisco and was a founding teacher at June Jordan School for Equity. He is currently writing a memoir about growing up Asian American in a public housing project in San Francisco and trying to father himself the best he could with an absent father.

*David Maduli is a veteran public school teacher, active deejay in the Bay Area music scene, and published poet. He has received degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an alumni of Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) summer workshop for writers of color. He is in the process of completing his debut collection of poems.

*Donna Nguyen is a singer who loves thrill rides, bright colors and works on being a boss. Graduated highschool and will be attending cal state northridge upcoming fall.

*Sarn Saechao is a young Mien poet from Oakland. He’s currently a student at Merritt College and a young adult member of STP. In his spare time, he can be found singing and playing his guittar.

*Serve the People is committed to the liberation of Asian Pacific Islander communities by organizing to address the inequalities that we face through political and cultural education, self healing, building unity, and fighting for social justice for all people.”

Slaying The Dragon Reloaded: Slicing & Dicing Representations of Asian Women in the Media – N. Hollywood, 6/23/11

Slaying the Dragon Reloaded

“SLAYING THE DRAGON RELOADED: ASIAN WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND looks at the past 25 years of representation of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media, from blockbuster films and network television, to Asian American cinema and YouTube, to explore whats changed, whats been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future; (29 minutes, 45 seconds).—–

THE DIRECTORS FOOTNOTE extends the discussion of topics that could not be elaborated on in a 30 minute video, such as transracial adoption, Asian popular culture and Asian Americans, and African American support for Asian American popular culture work; (12 minutes, 15 seconds).—–

Followed by short discussion with UC-Berkeley Profesor Dr. Elaine Kim (Writer, Director, Producer)—–Executive Producer: ASIAN WOMEN UNITED.—–

This film first premiered at the 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.—–To Reserve: nhlib.programs@gmail.com”

Fred Korematsu Day celebration – Berkeley, 1/30/11

“The first Fred Korematsu Day. Featuring keynote speaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, spoken word artist Beau Sia, as well as a video tribute from Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Special guests include Karen Korematsu, California Assembly Members Warren Furutani and Marty Block, and emcee Sydnie Kohara of CBS5.”

Who was Fred Korematsu? “In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.”


Benefit for Human Rights in the Philippines- SF, 2/12/11

Sponsored by SF-CHRP (San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines). Ticket includes a three-course Filipino dinner (meat and vegan options), live music, stand-up comedy, a DJ, dancing, artwork, and more.

Again, you had me at “food”. What a great way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend.

UNTIL TODAY: I-Hotel Exhibit, ongoing until 12/4/10

I-Hotel Manilatown Center presents UNTIL TODAY: Spectres for the International Hotel
  • WHERE: 868 Kearny at the International Hotel
  • WHEN: 9/3/10 – 12/4/10, Wed-Sat., 2-6pm
  • free!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.manilatown.org/events.htm
  • also, on 12/4/10 at 7pm the artist will talk!

Dukot screening + Q&A with actor Allen Dizon and activist Melissa Roxas, 10/10/10


The US premiere of the award-winning film Dukot (disappeared).

“This special premiere will include a free Q&A with lead actor Allen Dizon and cultural worker/activist Melissa Roxas, Filipina American torture survivor.
Initially banned by the Philippine government in 2009, DUKOT is the story of a young activist couple (played by Philippine stars Iza Calzado and Allen Dizon) abducted and tortured in the Philippines by state security forces.  Veteran film and television actress, Gina Alajar, plays an apolitical mother who slowly awakens to the reality of human rights violations after her daughter is kidnapped.”
  • WHERE: 145 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley
  • WHEN: 10/10/10, 6:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $8-12
  • MORE INFO: http://dukot.com/

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