Join us for the New York launch of scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America(Duke 2016), a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipino literary and musical culture. We’ll also feature former AAWW Literary Award winner Patrick Rosal’s new poetry collection Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea 2016). His work channels DJ culture, family history, soul music, dance, and Galeanoesque myth-making to explore vital questions about race in America. The evening will culminate with a conversation moderated by legendary novelist Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology and former bandleader of The Gangster Choir.
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In her new book, Tropical Renditions, Christine Bacareza Balance (Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Irvine) examines how the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino and Filipino American popular music provide crucial tools for composing Filipino identities, publics, and politics. A vital call for "disobedient listening," the book reveals how Filipino musicians challenge dominant racialized U.S. imperialist tropes of Filipinos as primitive, childlike, derivative, and mimetic. Balance’s essays on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in various scholarly journals. She continues to collaborate with Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA) on the forthcoming anthology California Dreaming: Production and Aesthetics in Asian American Art and with Gary Gacula Gabisan on the blog/events production company, Super Astig (www.superastig.com). Balance is one-eighth of the New York-based indie rock band, The Jack Lords Orchestra.
Patrick Rosal is the author of Brooklyn Antediluvian (2016), Boneshepherds (2011), My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. Junot Díaz writes that, “Rosal, almost sorcerous in his abilities, has called up a language, a hurricane, a world, a searing meditation.”
Jessica Hagedorn’s novels include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, winner of the American Book Award, a finalist for the National Book Award, and one of the central books in the Asian American “canon.” She has won honors including a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, and fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. From 1975-85, Hagedorn was the leader of a band called The Gangster Choir.
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Fam, things are about to get real hard. Harder than they have ever been and we need to hold fast and be smart about how we organize over the next four years.
To protect ourselves we need to talk about digital security and how to practice digital self-defense during a time of unprecedented surveillance of our communities. This training is brought to you by Equality Labs, a South Asian Women’s Gender Non Conforming,and Trans Tech Collective.
This is a security self defense training for your digital movement:
* Secure your phone and computer.
* Secure your network access.
* Secure your data.
* Secure your communications.
Equality Labs is a South Asian American Human Rights Start-up working at the intersection of story, art, and security. They support movements dealing with intractable systems of oppression through a collaborative model that connects multiple disciplines and platforms to maximize potential for change and engender workable, community driven solutions to the most pressing challenges we face. They are also the first South women, gender non conforming, and trans technology collective whose leadership is from South Asian Cultural and Religious Minority communities. This includes Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians.
This is a POC centered training but all are welcome. You will need to bring your own phone/laptop.
DEADLINE: Please RSVP by Monday, December 12th. If you have any questions please email Tracy Wong at email@example.com.
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The students are watching, now hear them speak. Join us for an Open Mic and selected readings of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660, hosted by Asian American studies students at Hunter and CRAASH. This evening’s Open Mic seeks to provide a space for Asian American students to come together and find political and creative energy in each others’ stories of migration, racialization, and struggle. We invite students from across the city to come and participate in an evening of personal reflection and creative resistance as we face the future. All voices are welcome, and we hope you will join us to support each other and build community.
This project came together in "Nation, Self & Asian Identity," a course offered by the Asian American Studies Program at CUNY's Hunter College. Their goal is to educate and engage with the public about the importance of learning from U.S. history—and Asian American history in particular—to better understand how racism and xenophobia have torn our country apart in the past. Being aware of these histories makes it possible for us to be aware of and vigilant about our rights and the rights of others, including all people of color, immigrants, and other disenfranchised communities. We need to work against any attempts to pit people against each other or to scapegoat specific groups, and we must remain united in our pursuit of justice for everyone in the U.S
CRAASH, The Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter, was founded in 2006 to restore the Asian American Studies minor but also to inform the student body about the importance of interdisciplinary studies in the community. Over the years, CRAASH has moved forward in dedicating itself to raising awareness of issues that pertain to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
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