Wednesday February 10th — NYC
Vincent Who? Screening
Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) will screen its documentary Vincent Who? — about the hate crime and murder of Vincent Chin over 25 years ago that galvanized the APIA community and movement. Featured interviews include Helen Zia, Lisa Ling, and young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. Followed by a Q&A with Curtis Chin, co-founder of APAP and a producer of the film.
7 to 9 pm
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
16 West 32nd St, 10th floor, New York
$ 5, light refreshments served
Wednesday February 10th — Seattle
Eric Tang Lecture: A Gulf Unites Us
University of Texas, Austin Professor Eric Tang will be in Seattle to deliver his special lecture “A Gulf Unites Us: Black and Vietnamese American Solidarities in New Orleans”, in which Tang explores the forms of inter-ethnic activism in communities of color in East New Orleans post-Katrina to script new racial politics for the Gulf Coast.
University of Washington
Communications Bldg, Room 120, Seattle
Thursday February 11th — San Francisco
DIY Music Video Contest Launch Party
Locus@KSW and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) paired Asian American filmmakers and musicians to make a music video on a shoestring budget within two months. Watch the music video premieres and musician performances. Winners will be featured in the 28th Annual SFIAAFF. Vote for your favorite video here following the launch party.
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St, San Francisco
Swinging Chinatown Opening Night Gala
“Swinging Chinatown: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs” is a celebration of the excitement and glamour of the Chinese nightclub scene in San Francisco from the 1930s through the 1960s. Clubs like the Chinese Skyroom and Forbidden City were the first and only venues for Asian American performers. With over 100 vintage photos, costumes, and other memorabilia. Exhibit runs through February 21st.
6 to 8 pm
The Old Mint
88 5th Street, San Francisco
Exhibit open to public 2/12-2/15 and 2/19-2/21 from 1 to 5 pm; $ 5
Friday February 12th — NYC
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Join writer Ed Lin (This is a Bust) and comedian/performer Jen Kwok (“Date an Asian”) for the Second Annual Lunar New Year Reading and open mic. Special guests include singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin and poet Patrick Rosal.
16 West 32nd St, New York
$ 5 suggested donation
Nomi Network’s Dance for Haiti Fundraiser
Nomi Network, which leverages the fashion marketplace to fight human trafficking in Asia, is holding its Second Annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser. Half of proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for Haiti relief efforts. Drink specials included.
7 to 10 pm
Lucky Jack’s Bar and Lounge
120 Orchard St, New York
$ 20 requested donation
Open Mic at the MOCA: “Love” featuring Kelly Tsai
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents a New Year/Valentine’s Day open mic celebration, hosted by and featuring spoken word artist Kelly Tsai. More info here.
7 to 8:30 pm
215 centre St, New York
$ 7 general / $ 4 students & seniors / free for open mic performers
Friday February 12th to Sunday February 14th — San Francisco
A new work by the Erica Chong Shuch Performance Project, inspired by the struggle for marriage equality. Love Everywhere is an interactive celebration of the sixth anniversary of San Francisco issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. More info and complete performance schedule here.
San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Accepting Scholarship Applications
OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, is accepting applications for its OCA-AXA Achievement, OCA-UPS Gold Mountain, OCA-Verizon, and OCA-Verizon College scholarships. All are for $2,000. More info and applications here. Deadline: April 1, 2010.
APA Heritage Festival Booth and Performance Registration
The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans is having an open call for booths and dance/music performers for their 31st Annual APA Heritage Festival on Sunday May 2nd in Union Square, New York City. More info and registration here. Performance submission deadline: February 15, 2010. Early Bird Booth rate: March 1, 2010.
Feb 9, 2010 (13 hours ago)
Japanese monk, Kansho Tagai is in charge of a 400-year-old temple in central Tokyo and has the basic services any other temple in Japan has to offer. What makes this temple different from others is that Tagai sometimes hosts events where he takes up the stage name MC Happiness and raps the teachings of Buddha. (more…)
by Jean Lukitsh | February 9, 2010
Regular readers of this Electric Shadows blog may already know that for eight years, from 1979 to 1986, I worked as a movie projectionist in Boston’s Chinatown. My boss owned two theaters, the Star and the China. The Star Cinema was the local showcase for Shaw Brothers productions; after it was enlarged to two screens, around 1980, we also ran the Cinema City comedies, Jet Li’s Shaolin Temple series, and Tsui Hark’s early films. The China showed mostly films from Taiwan. Every once in a while, I think of a movie or actor or director who made an impression on me back then and wonder, “What ever happened to so-and-so?” There are a lot of talented people from that era, the 70s and 80s, who are unknown or forgotten now – unjustly so, in my opinion.
Take Alan Tang Kwong-wing for example. He starred in a gritty “heroic bloodshed” film from 1984 called YELLOW PERIL.
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