Join us on June 10 for a showcase featuring dancers, writers, and comedians from the AAPI community and a following roundtable discussion about their process and meaning-making.
With the rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes due to the coronavirus pandemic, Asian America is facing a new reckoning with transnational racism. Similar reckonings in recent history have happened with the murder of Vincent Chin in the 1980’s and the LA riots in the 1990’s. This year, centuries old anti-Asian sentiments have been reactivated through hate crimes and acts of violence motivated by the fetishization of Asian womxn.
We hope this event will help clarify what an Asian American creative and political culture might look like. We hope to move past representational politics and think about how writing, dance and comedy can support political struggles. Some of us are involved in political struggles; some of us are not. What brings this showcase and panel together is a question: As people involved in creating and reimagining culture, how do we define Asian America?
This event is a fundraiser for Axis Lab’s community mutual aid projects. Axis Lab is a community and arts organization serving the residents of Argyle in Chicago. All proceeds from the event will support the distribution of educational materials, masks, self-care packages, grocery and lunch kits to the Argyle community.