I was recently recognized at my alma mater for the racial/gender justice work that I do. It was nice and humbling and of course I was really grateful for the honor, but it also had me stop and think about the importance and the impact of the work I do.
I do this work not for the glory or recognition but to lift up my community and to express my thoughts, feelings and experiences through artistic representations. I don’t need awards, plaques, or gold stars to know how valuable my work is. All I truly need is a thank you and maybe a hug. If you’re doing this work to add something to your professional bio then you’re doing it wrong and I feel sorry for you. Nothing feels better than hearing directly from the community that you’re making an impact.
How I determine if I’m going to an event or not.
7 years ago, I started an Asian American band called The Slants. Little did I know, it would eventually bring us into the U.S court system to help marginalized communities fight for identity rights. You might have heard that we’ve been fighting the US Trademark Office - the story was profiled o…
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You can read more about my involvement with this event here.
Join the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) on Saturday, Oct 18 for a night of Asian and Pacific Islander women in comedy and raising awareness on reproductive justice issues!
Dis/orient/ed Comedy Returns to PDX!
When: Saturday, October 18
Location: Mekong Bistro (8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97220)
Time: 7:30 cocktail hour, 8:00 show start
+ SHANNON KOYANO (SEATTLE. PARLOR LIVE)
+ BRI PRUETT (PORTLAND. ALL JANE NO DICK COMEDY FESTIVAL, BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL)
+ JEN TAM (PORTLAND. CYNIC CAVE, AM I RIGHT, LADIES? A TOTALLY RADICAL FEMINIST COMEDY SHOWCASE)
+ D’LO (LOS ANGELES. HBO’S LOOKING, DYKECENTRAL)
JENNY YANG (LOS ANGELES. SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, BUZZFEED VIDEO, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY)
The mission of Dis/orient/ed Comedy is to showcase female Asian American comics ranging from Sri Lankan boi D’Lo to Egyptian American Maria Shehata - they loosely define “Asian” and “Female” with a focus on sharing talent of those who aren’t typically featured to mainstream comedy audiences. By organizing the Dis/orient/ed Standup Tour, APANO is promoting the work of Asian Pacific American females and supporting a space for them to share their comedy with the Portland community.
Sponsorship and funds raised will go supporting APANO’s Strong Families working group. Just as Asian and Pacific Islander women comedians are faced with challenges in mainstream media, our families are challenged with policies and stagnant images that do not reflect our diverse familial structures and cultures. Funds raised from this event will support the ongoing efforts that our Strong Families working group is currently doing for the reproductive justice movement.