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Artist Panel: Environmental Resiliency and Asian Pacific American Leadership
Saturday, May 15, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Category: Art Exhibits
How can Asian Pacific Islander communities engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis? A panel of artists and activists discusses their work in the context of the fight for environmental justice in this event presented in conjunction with the Asian American Women Artists Association and the SOMArts Cultural Center exhibition Sowing Agency. Artists Angela Basbas Angel, Priya Handa, and Pam Tau Lee and Asian Pacific Environmental Network organizer Cheuk-Ning Li join in a conversation centered on building environmental resiliency and leadership through their artistic and organizing practices, moderated by exhibition curator Lisa Pradhan.
At the Table: Sugarwork, Afro-Asian Art and Foodways
Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Category: Food Cultures
In this virtual At the Table event, delve into the bittersweet history of sugar to unearth stories of Afro-Asian cultural exchange in the Caribbean. Through conversation and cooking, artist Andrea Chung and scholar Tao Leigh Goffe explore the crossroads of Black and Asian diaspora arts and cuisines, focusing on foodways that evolved out of colonial plantations — from Cuba to Louisiana, Jamaica to Mauritius. Follow along as our guests demonstrate sugar artwork techniques and recipes for sweet plantains and tostones, while celebrating ingenuity and Afro-Asian solidarity. Recipes will be sent to registered participants with email confirmation.
Celebrating Asian Futures: A Musical Conversation with Vân-Ánh Võ and Friends
Thursday, May 27, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Category: Music & Performances
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Bay Area–based Vietnamese composer and multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ joins in musical conversations with artists of Japanese and Khmer heritage. Võ partners with longtime collaborator Jimi Nakagawa to present a daring work of transnational musical communication, with Võ on the dan tranh (zither) and Nakagawa on taiko drum. Cambodian royal dance master and vocalist Charya Burt also joins Võ to preview their work-in-progress on the cultural connections along the Mekong River. Following the performance, the artists discuss the richness of Asian musical traditions and the power of new composition with ethnomusicologist Alexander M. Cannon.