SASC Benefit Concert: Together We _________

Who? The Southeast Asian Student Coalition at UC Berkeley

What? SASC Benefit Concert is a fundraiser and community event for Summer Institute (SI), an annual 5-day cultural and educational mentorship for high school student. The mentorship is completely free for all the students. Benefit Concert will not only raise money for the mentorship through auctions, raffles and donations, but bring the community together and enjoy one another’s presence and culture. There will be different cultural performances to show the diverse cultural community they have.

Where? Multicultural Community Center, UC Berkeley

When? Saturday, April 26, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Please RSVP to attend this concert OR perform: tinyurl.com/benefitconcert2014

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/821381554542932/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

HSAB’s 6th Annual Pursuit of Higher Education

The Hmong Student Association at Berkeley (HSAB) is a student-initiated service group established in 2008 with the mission to promote higher education and cultural understanding of the Hmong community. To amplify the Hmong voice in higher education, HSAB initiated the Pursuit of Higher Education (PoHE) in 2008. PoHE is a three-day, two-night educational program located at the University of California, Berkeley. This academic school year, PoHE will take place from April 18th until April 20th, 2014. The program caters towards Hmong high school students specifically from the northern and central regions of California. Selected participants will get the opportunity to participate in academic and cultural workshops, develop leadership skills through peer-bonding activities, and learn more about the Hmong history and culture.

This year’s theme for PoHE is “KnoW Potential”. As students who have been through high school and are currently pursuing higher education through the college route, we realize that an important factor to staying motivated, creating goals, and having dreams for yourself is understanding that you have the potential to achieve whatever it is that you want. Many times, we see the lack of determination because many may think that they have nothing to contribute when in reality, everyone has something to contribute. Not knowing you have potential is in some ways the same as believing that you have no potential; and so acknowledging your strengths and abilities allows you to do more with what you can, instead of dwelling on things that you believe you can’t. Success starts with building onto the qualities and abilities that each individual has. Whether this be academically, socially, culturally, or religiously, knowing you have the potential to reach your goals and dreams will always lead you further than believing that you do not have the abilities to achieve what you want. Through this program, we hope to ignite and open up opportunities for students to be able to explore and build upon those qualities in order for them to turn  that “no” into “KnoW”.

If you have any questions in regards to PoHE, please contact: pohe.outreach@gmail.com

*If you would like to volunteer at this program, please fill out this form: tinyurl.com/pohe2014volunteer

*If you would like to help us raise funds for PoHE 2014, please click here

 

Theatre Rice Spring Showcase

TR has a show on April 19th!
Who: Theatre Rice
What: We are having our Spring Showcase, also our final show for the semester, where we will perform Stand up comedy, One Acts, and a scripted piece
Where: 100 GPB, UC Berkeley
When: Saturday, April 19th
For more information,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theatrerice
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479975355551851/

Hari Kondabolu: Waiting for 2042

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comedian. He has done stand-up on Conan , Jimmy Kimmel LiveLive at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. Kondabolu is an alumnus of Townsend Harris High School (GO HAWKS!) and graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelors’ Degree in Comparative Politics in 2004. He earned a Masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics– I guess you can assume he’s a funny AND socially-conscious guy.

Kondabolu recently released a new album, “Waiting for 2042,” earlier in March. The album alludes to the year 2042– the year that whites are predicted to be minorities in the United States. He was recently on David Letterman to promote his album– check it out here.

See more of his work on his YouTube page!

DIS/ORIENT/ED Comedy: This Saturday!

ABOUT DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
In cities throughout the country, Dis/o­rient/ed Comedy creates a unique lineup of nationally-touring talent with local, up-and-coming Asian American and Pacific Islander female comics. While the tour’s focus is on showcasing Asian Pacific female comics, Dis/orient/ed Comedy’s productions often features other diverse and unique perspectives not often seen on mainstream comedy club stages. The sold-out tour has taken the fresh voices of Asian Pacific female comics to colleges and universities such as Pomona College and Loyola Marymount University, and standing-room only shows in Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, and the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California.

WHEN:

TWO SHOWS: 7PM & 9:30PM
Saturday, April 5th, 2014

FIRST SHOW: 7:00 PM – 8:45PM
SECOND SHOW: 9:30PM – 11:00PM

WHERE:
Oakland Asian Cultural Center*
Oakland Chinatown, California (GOOGLE MAP)

TICKETS:
*$20 Regular Price Tickets (Tickets to Each Show Sold Separately)*
No food or drink min / Pre-show refreshments 30 minutes before each show

Website: http://disorientedcomedy.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/getdisoriented
Facebook: http://facebook.com/disorientedcomedy
Email: info@disorientedcomedy.com

*****THE COMICS*****

7PM SHOW

+ DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN – BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL, COMEDY CENTRAL ASIA
+ IRENE TU – CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL, LAUGH FACTORY
+ D’LO – HBO’S LOOKING, INTERNATIONALLY TOURING TRANSGENDER PERFORMER
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA – PRETTY FUNNY WOMEN, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ JENNY YANG – BUZZFEED VIDEO, SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST: STEVE LEE – SF SKETCHFEST, SAN JOSE IMPROV, SF PUNCHLINE

9:30PM SHOW
+ SHANTI CHARAN – SF WEEKLY BEST OF 2012
+ PRIYA PRASAD – FIVE FUNNY FEMALES COMEDY, BAY AREA BLACK COMEDY

COMPETITION
+ MOLLY SOKHOM – MOSO COMEDY, SAN JOSE IMPROV
+ D’LO – HBO’S LOOKING, INTERNATIONALLY TOURING PERFORMER
+ ATSUKO OKATSUKA – PRETTY FUNNY WOMEN, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY
+ JENNY YANG – SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY

Foundation for Asian American Independent Media

Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM), established in 1995, is an organization that  celebrates the Asian American talents. FAAIM hosts an annual Asian American Showcase in Chicago as a platform for the Asian American independent filmmakers and visual artists to express their talents.

 

This year is FAAIM’s 19th annual Asian American Showcase (April 5 – 17, 2014).

Saturday April 5: CAMBODIAN SON by Masahiro Sugano

Sunday April 6: AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS by Patrick Epino & Stephen Dypiangco

Monday April 7: The HAUMANA by Keo Woolford

Saturday April 12: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS by Grace Lee

Sunday April 13: DOCUMENTED by Jose Antonio Vargas

Monday April 14: TO BE TAKEI by Jennifer M. Kroot

Thursday April 17: A PICTURE OF YOU by JP Chan

 

On April 5, FAAIM will also host a reception for the art exhibit Plural Vision. This exhibit, curated by Jenyu Wang, will feature many artists such as Sima Azadi, Brian Hahn, Soohyun Kim.  It aims to “take on this strange, ambiguous contemporary scene and explores what it means to exit in intersecting spaces.”

 

FAAIM website: http://www.faaim.org

FAAIM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faaimous

FAAIM YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/faaimous

The 24th Annual AAJA National Convention!!!

The Asian American Journalists Association is  nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.

Asian American Journalists Association have 24th Annual AAJA National Convention at Washington D.C.!

The 24th Annual Asian American Journalist Association National Convention is open for Registration! go to Website for Registration-> http://www.aaja.org/dc2014/

Enjoy this convention with more than 850 journalist, new executives, media researchers and community leaders at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel, August 13-16, 2014   (There is convention registration rates)

 

 

Glenn from The Walking Dead: Fighting Against Stereotypes…and Zombies

To the fans of The Walking Dead, Glenn probably represents one of the characters whom they don’t want to see dead any time soon. As the sole Asian American character in the show, Glenn, whether it was the intention of the show or not, indirectly signifies a figure who defies stereotypical expectations of Asian American roles in modern mass media.

For one, Glenn is probably the only character who upholds sanity and represents a thematic role that inspires viewers and readers alike. While many of the characters, such as Andrew, Shane, Andrew, and the Governor, lose sight of humanity, Glenn’s optimism emits a sense of inspiration amid the post-apocalyptic environment filled with zombies. His unbreakable love with Maggie also suggests that happiness is possible even in the world that they are surviving in.

Glenn stands as a contrast to the traditional portrayals of Asian Americans as villains, foreigners, and “Others” in this type of genre. Although he is Korean American in the show, his race does not impair his membership in the cast in any way. He is one of the few characters who emerges from a dynamic transformation and truly exhibits heroism. Once this hesitant pizza boy too afraid to make decisions, he became a central character able to take own his own life decisions and even lead the group in the absence of Daryl and Rick. His romantic relationship with Maggie also challenges the stereotype of the desexualized Asian American male.

There are so much more to talk about Glenn that would spoil the plot for avid followers. In essence, while it seems like viewers are supposed to root for Michonne and her badass sword handling, approve of Daryl’s character transformation, and be compelled by Rick and his stories, viewers are inspired to IDENTIFY with Glenn, who represents the heart of the show.