After months of campaigning by immigrant and LGBTQ rights groups, Nicoll Hernández-Polanco was freed from her detention by ICE. Her story, written by Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center, is a story of a young woman who escaped the broken immigration system, and how she was criminalized and psychologically tortured simply for being young and transgender.
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You've probably seen parts of this interview over the years. It's very interesting to hear him talk. I was too young to really remember seeing him when he was alive. I hadn't seen this entire interview before.
Oh, if only David Carradine had not come along.
Tuesday, April 11 – SF
Kearny Street Workshop presents the third annual Intergenerational Writers Lab with Jaime Jacinto, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, and Philip Kan Gotanda. unique opportunity to meet some of our leading local writers, publishers, and performers and learn first-hand what drives the Bay Area's local independent publishing community. KSW started its publishing imprint in 1982, and was one of the first outlets for the publication of Asian Pacific American literature. (7:30pm, Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., SF. www.kearnystreet.org, www.theintersection.org $5-10 sliding scale).
Looks like the immigration bill has stalled for now.
Where are Asian Americans in this debate, though? Not in the streets protesting. And sadly, not making much of a presence. Why? Apathy? Fear of rocking the boat? You can't tell me it's disinterest. After all, we are some of the country's newest immigrants. I hate to say it, but some of us seem to live up to the stereotype of meek quiet Asians.
Yesterday's California Report on NPR notes that the protests have been comprised mostly of Latinos and asks how Asian Americans see their role in the immigration debate. Audio clip here.
I love these stories about people who get Asian language tattoos only to find out that it means something different than what they thought (or nothing at all). If you can't read it, why are you getting it tattooed? Serves you right. Cool Tat, Too Bad It's Gibberish
Tomorrow kicks of the 11th Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase. Damn, 11! I remember going to the second and third ones back when I lived there. Makes me feel old. It's put on by the folks at FAAIM (that's Foundation for Asian American Independent Media). This year the film festival linup includes:
What's Wrong with Frank Chin
Asian Stories - Book III
Only the Brave
The Slanted Screen
Eve & the Fire Horse
Punching at the Sun
To You Sweetheart, Aloha
Sound X Image –Tatsu Aoki
CATE - Tatsu Aoki
Go here to see the schedule and buy tickets.