BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6779@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20230521T000000Z DTEND:20230521T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;">Join us for an evening of cu ltural exploration and heartfelt dialogue as we celebrate Asian/Pacific Am erican Heritage Month. The event will take place at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose with FREE museum admission in San Jose\, sponsored by t he City of San José’s Office of Cultural Affairs Abierto Grant.\n\n<p s tyle="white-space: pre-wrap\;">At the heart of this event is the recent AA PI Perspectives Oral History Project\, a partnership between SJSU Research Foundation and Santa Clara County to document the lives and stories of As ian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their contributions to their commu nities and society at large. This project aims to uncover and illuminate h idden narratives that have long been obscured by otherness and mystery for far too long.\n\n<p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Panel Discuss ion: The Power of Oral History and Art in Shaping Culture and Identity\n < /strong> Together\, we will immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of AAPI culture and honor the enduring contributions of the AAPI community. This Panel Discussion will feature the captivating perspectives of local histor ian Connie Young Yu\, filmmaker Lan Nguyen\, and singer/songwriter Kamiko. Through their stories\, we will delve into the depths of the lived experi ence and examine its impact on our sense of self\, belonging\, and creativ e expression when crucial stories are missing.\n\n<p style="white-space: p re-wrap\;"><strong>Poetry and Live Music\n </strong> To conclude the eveni ng\, we will be treated to spoken word poetry by Erin Pangilinan and a liv e musical performance by Kamiko and AnnaMacan. Their soul-stirring music a nd poetry will uplift and inspire us to embrace the beauty and diversity o f our community.\n\n<p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>ABOUT: AAPI Perspectives\, a Santa Clara County Oral History Project\, </strong> the purpose of the project is to document the lives and legacies of Santa Clar a County Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and activists\ , to amplify and uplift their contributions as well as combat racism and a nti-Asian violence. So far\, we have interviewed the following community l eaders: Yosh Uchida\, Paul Sakamoto\, Janette Arakawa\, Cora Tomalinas\, R obert Ragsac\, Ash Kalra\, Mike Honda\, Michael Chang\, Susan Hayase\, Emi Okano\, Tom Izu\, Wes Mukoyama\, Lucretia Lee\, and Ron Lee. Through the narratives of those who have dedicated their lives to fighting for justice and civil rights\, the project will not only archive oral histories but a lso aim to inspire and motivate future generations for a better America vi a the development of K-16 curriculum.<strong>  </strong>\n<p style="text -align: center\; white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>OPEN PROGRAMMING: YOUTH PERFORMANCE</strong>\n<p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Santee El ementary School Student Performance\n </strong> To open our program we wil l have a 5th Grade Student from Santee Elementary School sharing their wri tten Counter Story and Music that they’ve created in response to partici pating in the pilot Ethnic Studies project in response to the AAPI Oral Hi story Project.\n\n<p style="text-align: center\; white-space: pre-wrap\;"> <strong>PANEL DISCUSSION: </strong>\n<p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;">< strong>The Power of Oral History and Art in Shaping Culture and Identity\n </strong> Together\, we will immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of AA PI culture and honor the enduring contributions of the AAPI community. Thi s Panel Discussion will feature the captivating perspectives of local hist orian Connie Young Yu\, filmmaker Lan Nguyen\, and singer/songwriter Kamik o. Through their stories\, we will delve into the depths of the lived expe rience and examine its impact on our sense of self\, belonging\, and creat ive expression when crucial stories are missing.\n\n<p style="text-align: center\; white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Panelist</strong>\n<p style="whi te-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Connie Young Yu </strong> is an historian\, author\, and expert on Heinlenville Chinatown\, which originally occupied part of where modern-day Japantown now stands in San Jose\, CA. She author ed a book entitled "Chinatown\, San Jose\, USA" and the script for a docum entary film called "Digging to Chinatown" about Heinlenville. Additionally \, she contributed the text for the "On Common Ground" exhibit at JAMsj an d the script for its accompanying video about San Jose's Chinatown and Jap antown. Her grandfather managed a store in Heinlenville\, and her father g rew up there. Currently\, she is a historical consultant for the developme nt project underway at the former Chinatown site. Connie played a key role in designating Angel Island Immigration Station as a National Historic La ndmark and gave the opening address at the 150-year anniversary of the Gol den Spike in honor of Chinese American railroad workers. Connie was also a founding member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI).\n\n< p style="white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Lan Nguyen</strong> is an award- winning filmmaker\, community organizer\, and educator from Long Beach\, C alifornia. She focuses on community organizing in progressive Southeast As ian American spaces\, addressing issues of incarceration and deportation. Lan's work includes short films screened at festivals\, community centers\ , and universities. She is a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow and a Critical Refugee S tudies Collective grantee. Her film Fighting For Family received several a wards. Lan is an ethnic studies educator who has taught at the high school and college level in California. She currently teaches ethnic studies at US history to immigrant youth in the Bay Area. Lan holds degrees from Nort hwestern University\, UCLA\, and San Jose State University.\n\n<p style="w hite-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Briana Kamiko Fugii</strong> is a singer-s ongwriter who infuses contemporary R&amp\;B with soulful melodies inspired by greats such as Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Raised in the creative hu b of the Bay Area\, California\, Kamiko's upbringing has heavily influence d her work. Alongside her music\, Kamiko is a skilled photographer and Bir th Doula with a passion for children and nurturing creativity in all aspec ts of life. Her multifaceted interests inform her art and makes her a uniq ue and dynamic force in the Bay Area.\n\n<p style="text-align: center\; wh ite-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>MODERATOR</strong> :\n\n<p style="white-spa ce: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Ellina Yin </strong> is a 1st generation Cambodian American multidisciplinary social practice artist\, civic participation a ctivist\, and entrepreneur. Ellina works at the intersection of art\, tech nology\, and lawmaking to explore new forms of civic participation. Their work threads art and technology to reimagine how we engage in democracy at the local level and the crucial role of artists in shaping culture. In 20 22\, Ellina co-authored and passed the Measure I Ballot in San José\, whi ch aims to elevate ethics\, equity values/standards\, and expand civic par ticipation for non-citizens. They are currently serving as the Creative Di rector and Project/Research Manager for an Oral History Project featuring AAPI Perspectives which aims to document and share the stories of Asian an d Pacific Islander Americans in Santa Clara County as part of the Californ ia’s Ethnic Studies initiative. \n\n<p style="text-align: center\; whit e-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>SPOKEN WORD POETRY BY</strong>\n<p style="whi te-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Erin Jerri Malonzo Pañgilinan</strong> is a 2nd generation Filipina American tech entrepreneur\, internationally accl aimed author\, spoken word artist\, poet\, emcee\, former journalist and c ivic engagement advocate.  In 2019\, she published O’Reilly Media antho logy\, Creating Augmented and Virtual Realities\, which is now circulating in over 2 dozen countries\, and has been translated Chinese and Korean.  \n \n Her creative work is prolific\, having performed spoken word poetry and hip hop at the San Francisco Castro Theatre and the Institute of Conte mporary Art San Jose and published creative written work in Yellow As Turm eric\, Fragrant As Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology Of Asian American Wome n's Poetry\, {m}aganda magazine\, Hyphens. Her chapbook (to be released)\, <em>16 Dimensions</em> \, is a compilation of over a decade’s worth of spoken word and page poetry. Her latest work as creator\, screenwriter and executive producer of TV docu-series\, <em>How We Flow: The History of Fi lipino Americans in Hip Hop\, </em> is in development. \n\n<p style="whit e-space: pre-wrap\;">Erin is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sa lamat Inc\, a stealth production studio\, startup\, and fund which seeks t o foster the future of storytelling in the mediums of film\, television\, AI\, gaming\, web3\, and the metaverse.\n\n<p style="text-align: center\; white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY</strong>\n<p style ="white-space: pre-wrap\;"><strong>Kamiko </strong> is a singer-songwriter who infuses contemporary R&amp\;B with soulful melodies inspired by great s such as Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Raised in the creative hub of the Bay Area\, California\, Kamiko's upbringing has heavily influenced her wor k.\n \n <strong>Anna Macan</strong> \, is a Filipina-American guitarist ba sed out of the Bay Area. Growing up\, she was involved in many different m usical projects that span multiple genres. Her own music is a reflection o f that\, and can be described as a blend of math rock\, indie\, jazz\, and prog rock. In addition to her own musical ventures\, Anna collaborates an d performs with many different Bay Area artists and helps them bring their own musical visions to life.\n\n DTSTAMP:20231204T130704Z SUMMARY:Celebrating AAPI Perspectives URL:/en/events/2023/05/21/celebrating-aapi-perspectives/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR