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  • Racism in Chinese America Musical Diary of Jon Jang

    APICC is proud to feature Racism in Chinese America: Musical Diary of Jon Jang, as part of the United States of Asian America Festival 2020: FINDING KINSHIP.

    An evening of music and discussion of Jon Jang's music and history with Chinatown. Featuring work from Jang's Angel Island Give Me a Name and A Chinaman’s Chance, A Choy’s Chance.

    Funded by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the YBCA Fellows program and CMC Faculty Creative Stimulus.

    This event was originally set to occur at 945 ArtSpace.
    Stay tuned for info and updates on online programming.
    Header image by Andy Nozaka.

    Featured Artist

    For three decades, composer Jon Jang has created large scale works for large and small chamber music ensembles that has included: Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, Chinese American Symphony performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony.

    More info: www.asianimprov.org

    WHEN
    June 20, 2020 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Online Location TBD
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    United States
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  • Legacy and Lineage: A Film Screening & Artists Showcase

    APICC presents Legacy and Lineage, a series of short films profiling the unique journeys of 5 Asian American community artists - Sammay Dizon, Genny Lim, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Sami See, Francis Wong - whose works consistently place community at the center. The films explore the reasons that drive these outstanding artists and legacies that may point to the direction of the future of Asian American artists in San Francisco.

    Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media. Film screening was originally set to occur at AMC Kabuki, Japantown for CAAMFest 2020, followed by a showcase and reception featuring the artists.

    Participating Artists

    Sammay Dizon
    Genny Lim
    Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
    Sami See
    Francis Wong

    Short Film Production Team

    Laura Paule
    Willis Lai
    Diana Chen

    Related showcase to be curated by Kim Arteche

    Online Releases

    Each film will be released throughout May-June on APICC's YouTubeFacebook and IGTV. Stay tuned for more info on release dates!

    RSVP below to receive email notifications on each release.

    Sammay Dizon - 12pm / May 18, 2020

    WHEN
    May 01, 2020 at 12am - June 15, 2020 at 12am
    WHERE
    APICC YouTube, Facebook and IGTV
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    United States
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  • Lenora Lee Dance

    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor Lenora Lee Dance. Donations to Lenora Lee Dance projects can be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 


    About Lenora Lee Dance:

    The mission of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) is to create and present large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, original music, video projection, text and installation that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues.

    Lenora Lee (artistic director) has been a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater.

    Over the last ten years, LLD's work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation, and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement and educational programming. The company creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength. LLD is weaving together multiple artistic disciplines and socially conscious work, pushing the relevance of arts in various communities throughout the country.

    For more information on LLD artistic works and collaborators, see www.lenoraleedance.com

     

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'Lenora Lee' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

     

     

    **Photo by Robbie Sweeny 

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  • Jon Jang

    APICC is proud to fiscally sponsor Jon Jang. Donations to Jon Jang projects can be made on this page through APICC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 


    Jon Jang: pianist, composer, scholar, activist

    For three decades, composer Jon Jang has created large scale works for large and small chamber music ensembles that include: Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, Chinese American Symphony performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony; When Sorrow Turns to Joy – Songlines: The Spiritual Tributary of Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang co-composed with James Newton, Tiananmen!, SenseUS! and the Beijing Trio in collaboration with Max Roach, Reparations Now! Concerto for Jazz Ensemble and Taiko and Island: The Immigrant Suite No. 2 commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet.

    The Pledge of Black/Asian Allegiance

    Asian Improv aRts, which has a long history of presenting works expressing Asian American experiences and perspectives in San Francisco Japantown among other communities, will present Jon Jang's new work that pays tribute to the friendship between Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X, both iconic social justice activists who share the same birthday of May 19. The title of the work, The Pledge for Black/Asian Allegiance, affirms the solidarity that Yuri and Malcolm held between Asian and African American communities. A close friend of Malcolm's, Yuri was present at Malcolm's death in 1965, captured in a photo in Life Magazine. She continued on with her long career in social activism eventually settling in the Bay Area. She passed away at 93 in 2014.

    The performance will feature Jon’s ensemble, the Jangtet with African American theater artist Dr. Amanda Kemp. The Jangtet features bassist Gary Brown, drummer Deszon Claiborne, saxophonist Hitomi Oba and trombonist Nick DePinna, along with Jon Jang.

    According to Jon,

    "What is the meaning of The Pledge of Black/Asian Allegiance to me? As an American born Chinese and a descendant of a “paper son” (illegal alien) whose grandparents and parents struggled to make a living in segregated Chinatown during the Chinese exclusion era after the first earthquake in San Francisco during the 1920s and 30s, I will always remember that Frederick Douglass fought for not only for US citizenship rights for black people but also Chinese immigrants during the nineteenth century. The Pledge of Black/Asian Allegiance is my next musical “act” (read Duke Ellington’s Music is My Mistress autobiography) of grieving, recovering and celebrating black music of resistance that has been passed onto to me by my past heroes, mentors, collaborators and friends who have transitioned to ancestry: Max Roach (Scott Free, Garvey’s Ghost, Freedom Now Suite), Horace Tapscott (Two Shades of Soul), Amiri Baraka (Blues People, Funklore, Diggin’) and of course Wendell Logan (Many Thousand Go)."

    An Invitation to You!

    We aim to raise $15,000 for our 2018 The Pledge of Black/Asian Allegiance. That money will support:

    1. Artist Fees and Production costs for the World Premiere Performance at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco by the Jon Jangtet on May 19, 2018 8pm, the shared birthday of Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X

    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3405264

    2. Artist Fees and Production costs for a studio recording and CD release by Jon Jangtet and special guest Min Xiao-Fen. It has been 12 years since the release of Jon’s last recording Paper Son, Paper Songs

     

    *For check donations, please write checks to 'Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center' with 'Jon Jang' in the memo. Please include a return mailing address or email address to send the donation acknowledgement to.

    Send checks to the address below:

    APICC
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

     

     

    *Photo by Bob Hsiang

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