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The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Beatrock Anniversary, NAM-JAI

Wednesday December 14th -- Oakland

Day of Inclusion to Celebrate the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act

This "Day of Inclusion: Embracing Global Diversity in Oakland" commemorates the anniversary of te repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the continued fight for the American Dream. Presented by Mayor Jean Quan, Assemblyman Mike Eng, and Oakland community-based organizations.

5:30 to 7 pm

Oakland City Hall, 3rd Floor

1 H. Frank Ogawa Plaza

RSVP to haguilar(at)oaklandnet(dot)com

Thursday December 15th - NYC

March & Vigil for Private Danny Chen


Join APAs for Progress New York Chapter (APAP-NY) at the march and vigil for Private Danny Chen to demand a transparent and thorough investigation of his death. Danny was found dead at an American Army base in Afghanistan on October 3, 2011, but did not die in combat. The Army has confirmed that Danny suffered violent hazing by superiors right before his death, and was subject to racial abuse throughout his time in the Army. The group will meet at the Army Recruiting Center and march to Columbus Park in Manhattan's Chinatown (on Bayard and Baxter) for a vigil. During the vigil, we will hear from family members as well as artists and leaders from NYC's APA community. APAP asks that you wear a white band around your arm or head to show unity during the march. More info here.

6 pm

Army Recruiting Center

143 Chambers Street, New York

Friday December 16th -- Daly City, CA

Pacific Islander Community Partnership Holiday Happy Hour

Join "Tip an Islander", a holiday mixer and fundraiser for the Pacific Islander Community Partnership. All donations will benefit the Partnership and their programs, including the education of their students. With door prizes, raffles, food, and entertainment. More info here.

5 to 9 pm

Mink Bar

6192 Mission St, Daly City, CA

$10 suggested donation; RSVP here

 Friday December 16th -- San Francisco, CA

NAM-JAI Open Mic & Poetry Showcase


The Rewrite presents a night of API poetry and stories seeking to spotlight multi-generational and diverse voices.  Nam-Jai, will celebrate the transformative power of words and sharing to build a family of API artists and communities and continue the work to end injustice and reimagine love. With Oscar Penaranda, Jade Cho, and surprise guests. The event is also a benefit for flood rellief in Thailand and all proceeds will go to Nam-Jai for Thailand. More info here.

6 to 9 pm

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia, San Francisco

$5-20 suggested donation

 Friday December 16th -- NYC

2011 Hyphen/AAWW Asian American Short Story Reading Contest

Hyphen and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop have selected Timonthy Tau as the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest winner for “The Understudy” -- a story about an Asian American actor trying to make it in Hollywood. Celebrate this contest with readings from Tau, 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest winner Sunil Yapa, 2011 contest runner-up William Shih, and other contest finalists. More info here.

7 pm


110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor

$5 suggested donation

Friday December 16th -- San Francisco

Hep B Free Calendar Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of the second annual Hep B Free Calendar, entitled "Everyday Hep B Heroes", which celebrates 12 Asian Americans raising public awareness around Hepatitits B. In conjunction with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's Holiday Open House. More info on the calendar here.

3 to 5 pm

Office of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, 12th District

455 Golden Gate Ave, san Francisco


 Saturday December 17th -- San Francisco

Beatrock Music 2nd Year Anniversary

Join the Beatrock Music Two-Year Anniversary Celebration and Leo Docuyanan Photography Exhibit. An evening of music and art; with live performances from the Beatrock family and a photo portrait series of Beatrock Music artists by Leo Docuyanan. With live performances by: Prometheus Brown & Bambu, Otayo Dubb, Rocky Rivera, Power Struggle, Kiwi, Bwan, and DJ Phatrick on the turntables. More info here.

8 pm to 12 am

2150 Folsom Street, San Francisco,

18 + w/photo ID

$12 at door

Sunday December 17th -- Los Angeles

Drawing the Line Panel

       Nobuko Miyamoto and Chris Iijima

Hear from an array of artists from the Japanese American National Museum's temporary exhibition Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles. Panelists include Bob Nakamura, Nancy Uyemura, Linda Nishio, and Nobuko Miyamoto. More info here.


Sunday December 18th -- San Francisco

APIA Poetry & the Avant Garde

                                 Jai Arun Ravine

Join this panel discussion on Bay Area APIA poets and the avant-garde. In this panel, authors, editors, and educators will discuss APIA poetry and their relationships with avant-garde poetries, the historical contexts for today’s poetries, and challenges or obstacles to writing with consideration to aesthetics and ethnic identity. Participants include Jai Arun Ravine, Margaret Rhee, Eileen Tabios, Truong Tran, and Jean Vengua, and others TBA. Led by Hyphen's own Barbara Jane Reyes. More info here.

5 pm

Artists' Television Access

992 Valencia St, San Francisco


Open Call for Asian Heritage Street Celebration Poster Contest Entries

2011 winning artwork by Minh Tranh and Virgilio Leynes, Jr.

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration is hosting its annual poster contest in partnership with the Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Art Museum, Center for Asian American Media, and Kearny Street Workshop. Graphic artists are sought to create an exciting image to become part of the personality for the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration to be held on Saturday May 19, 2012 in front of the Asian Art Museum, leading up to the Little Saigon District. The winning artwork will be featured in a wide-scale multi-media marketing campaign in both the mainstream and Asian Pacific markets in a combination of posters, postcards, Muni bus ads, BART banners, bus shelters, newspaper ads and in a TV commercial. The winner will also earn a $500 grand prize. All entries will be posted at www.asianfairsf.com. Rules here, submissions here. Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2012.



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