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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities: Ping Pong, Pinoy Music, A Festival And A Celebration

June 28th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Filmmakers Mina T. Son and Sara Newens are raising funds to finish post-production on TOP SPIN, their documentary about three American teen table tennis players with Olympic aspirations. Two of their subjects, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, have already earned spots on Team USA [Kickstarter]

Hyphen Magazine is celebrating the release of their 25th issue and their 10th anniversary with a party in San Francisco on Saturday, July 7. Tickets are on sale now. [Hyphen Magazine]

A veritable who’s who of Pinoy music will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, July 8 for Takes You to the Philippines – Celebrate Global Filipino Music. The show will feature Pinoy pop, hip-hop, and original Pinoy music. Among those joining are fellow Black Eyed Peas Taboo and, Legaci, and Nicole Scherzinger, with hosts Vanessa Hudgens, Jo Koy, and Anthony Valadez. [Hollywood Bowl]

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is accepting submissions, looking for “films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality.” The deadline for submissions is August 30. []

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities: Helping Janet

May 23rd, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

Janet Liang needs your help.

Liang, a 24-year-old UCLA grad student, was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. After undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, her leukemia went into remission in 2010.

Unfortunately, the leukemia returned in late 2011. Liang’s best chance for a full recovery is a perfect marrow match, and she only has until next month to find that person. As you probably know, patients are most likely to match someone of the same race/or ethnicity, and there’s a dearth of minority patients in the donor pool.

Want to help? Here’s how:

  1. If you’re Asian, join a marrow registry to see if you are a match for Janet.
  2. If you’re not, you can still register, host your own registration drive, and help get the word out. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Over 20,000 donors have joined the donor registry due to the outreach efforts of Liang and her team, but a match has yet to be found.  So keep spreading the word! You can also re-post the PSA above, which was made by the cast and crew of director Quentin Lee’s White Frog.

More videos, including updates from Janet Liang herself, are available at

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities: The Remembrance Project & Chinese American Cultural Night

April 30th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:

The Japanese American National Museum has launched The Remembrance Project, an online “living museum” which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. That order made it possible for the US government to relocate Americans with Japanese ancestry to internment camps during World War II. [Remembrance Project]

Chinese American Cultural Night 2012, an annual event produced by the Association of of Chinese Americans at UCLA, will feature the story of Vincent Chin, along with musical and dance performances. Free tickets to the event, which is Saturday, May 12, will be available starting Monday, May 7. Non-UCLA affiliated folks can send ticket requests to [CACN]

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

October 26th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

PAGE TURNER: The Third Annual Asian American Literature Festival, is happening Saturday, October 29 in Brooklyn. No time to rub elbows with authors like Jessica Hagedorn and Junot Diaz, but still want to show your support? Pledge to their Kickstarter fund instead! []

Awesome Asian good guys alert! Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco are the Fil-Am filmmakers behind our new favorite YouTube channel, the National Film Society. Check out their video, “Awesome Asian Bad Guys.” [National Film Society]

Asian Crew Inc. has one simple mission in selling t-shirts with anti-stereotyping messages: to “fight stereotypes, one obnoxious statement at a time.” [Asian Crew Inc.]

KOLLABORATION 11 is going down on Saturday, November 5 at the Nokia Theatre in LA. Tickets for the show (and the after-party, hey!) are available here. []

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

June 24th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:

Wanna rub elbows with Lisa Lee (formerly of Hyphen), Dawen, Shin-B, Sam Kang and more TONIGHT? Join creative arts production company Bluebook Productions as they celebrate the launch of their web site with a party in Los Angeles. Tickets cost $10, and can be purchased in advance via this link. 21+. [Bluebook Productions - thanks, Lisa!]

To mark the 29th anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin on June 23, 2011, a Chinese American man who was beaten to death in Detroit in 1982, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress are sponsoring the free streaming of Vincent Who? until the end of July 2011 at [ - thanks, Curtis!]


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June 2nd, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:

Hyphen’s Bittersweet issue release party is this Friday, June 3rd, at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. It also happens to be the official San Francisco party for Angry Asian Man’s 10th Anniversary. Amazing! [Hyphen]

The Xploration Lab at the Japanese American National Museum engages museum visitors in a variety of exercises and activities designed to educate visitors about the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II. Hurry up and visit, as the lab closes on Sunday, June 12. [JANM]

Our friend Jeff Yang curated MARVELS AND MONSTERS: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942 – 1986 – The William F. Wu Collection oat The NYU Fales Library & Special Collections. Wu’s collection “is perhaps the world’s only, and certainly the largest, collection of comic books featuring images of Asians and Asian Americans.” The exhibition is open until August 19, 2011. Read Jeff’s thoughts about working on the exhibition on his blog. [NYU]

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

April 18th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:

Hyphen Magazine is now accepting entries for the fourth annual Asian American Short Story Contest. Judges Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour will select ten finalists, and the first prize winner will get $1,000. Submissions are due May 16, 2011. [Hyphen - thanks, Cat!]

Pacific Citizen News Magazine just announced the the winners of their “Extraordinary APA of the Year” Award. The honorees will be featured in the May 6 issue and include such leaders as Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, actress Tamlyn Tomita, and California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. [Pacific Citizen News]

Yoshiki of legendary heavy metal band X Japan will be auctioning off his favorite crystal piano to raise money for Japanese earthquake/tsunami victims. [Yoshiki Foundation America]

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March 22nd, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:

The Patient Protection and and Affordable Care Act turns one on March 23. Join the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum in showing your appreciation for health care reform, and sign the birthday card they’re sending to Congress. [APIAHF]

Calling all Asians who can “sang” – Simon Cowell’s singing competition that is not “American Idol” is finally coming to the US. Auditions for “The X Factor” begin Saturday, March 26. [FOX]

The Han Benefit Concert takes place in NYC on Friday, March 25. The show is a fundraiser to fight hunger in North Korea, where 1 in 3 children under the age of 5 show signs of malnutrition. Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 at the door. [Han Benefit Concert: Rock to Fight Hunger in North Korea]

Gamers are auctioning off rare video game parapharnalia for the Play For Japan campaign, which is raising money to provide relief for victims of the tsunami in Japan. [Play For Japan]

Thanks to Andrew, Jack and Minki!

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

November 5th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Asian American Film Festival is showing over 30 films from 12 different countries now through Saturday, November 13. Check out the festival website for titles and tickets. [Minnesota Film Arts/The Film Society - thanks, Slanty!]

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday. The festival features shorts and features, including the latest film from Palme d’Or winning director Raymond Red. [CFAFF]

Calling all sexy nerds! You are invited to The Sexy Nerd Party: Page Turner Kick-Off with Fred Ho and Das Racist in New York on Saturday, November 6. Celebrate with your fellow sexy nerds in such fancy intellectual company like writer Tao Lin and Richard Prince. Tickets are $40 each, $60 for two. [Page Turner]

Who will be crowned Mr. Hyphen 2010? Hyphen magazine’s annual contest (where the winner gets the crown as well as $1,000 to donate to their favorite non-profit) will crown a winner from five awesome finalists tomorrow night in San Francisco. Tickets cost $25. [Eventbrite]

The “B Here” Campaign will be at UCSD on November 8 to educate the community about Hepatitis B prevention. Programming includes a multi-media art exhibit and entertainment from performers such as Paul “PK” Kim of Kollaboration, Paul Dateh, and dance troupes Quest Crew and Kaba Modern. The campaign visits UCLA on November 10. [Will You B Here]

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