USAAF 2018



The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco announces the 21st Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Regenerative Community


Check out the USAAF 2018 online calendar to read up on this year's fantastic line-up of artists and buy your event tickets today!


This year’s theme, Regenerative Community, explores what the API community does in order to care for ourselves, our community, and our culture. The festival highlights our collective regenerative practices - how they have evolved and how they are vital to our sustainability, including historical traumas Asians and Pacific Islanders have faced and how they have shaped our history, our culture, and present. The theme also mines how we as a community address these traumas and work towards a future of healing and restorative justice. Most poignantly, our festival programs investigate how the API community renews and sustains its drive and passion to be artists, organizers, cultural workers, and community leaders in the face of oppression.



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS | Below are the participating artists of USAAF 2018, announced as of February 2018.

Alleluia Panis Dance Theater
Brownout Productions
Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo
Ruby Ibarra, LEX the Lexicon Artist, Chow Mane, Rudy Kalma
Sammay Dizon (Featured Artist)
She Who Has No Master(s)
Tatiana Chaterji
THE ROOTED RECIPES PROJECT with Thuy Tran, Kim Boral, Joseph Nontanovan and Aileen Suzara


Festival Jury: Sammay Dizon, Jon Jang, Pallavi Sharma


Video Credits

Past festival events & artists highlighted in the video:

ANiMA (JyunJyun & Miss TangQ)
blood run (Cynthia Ling Lee)
Hungry Ghosts Art Exhibition (Asian American Women Artists Association)
Incarcerated 6x9 (Alleluia Panis & Kularts)
Triple Minority (Irene Tu)
Locus of Control (Jason Bayani)
Can’t Stop Cryin’ (Jon Jang)
Legions of Boom (Bindlestiff Studio & Oliver Wang, feat. DJ Genie G, Joe Cascasan, Sunshine Roque, Jamie Nallas, Aura San Miguel, Jonah Pavon, Manny Cabrera)
Personal Perspectives in Asian American Documentary Film (Re-Present Media)
Queer as Fuck Launch Party (Queer as Fuck, feat. Caroline Calderon, Yves Saint Croissant)
Resistance Visual Art Exhibition (curated by Pamela Ybanez, feat. Bonnie Kwong)
Shift (dNaga Dance)
Shifting Movements Art Exhibition (Asian American Women Artists Association, feat. Susan Almazol, Tina Kashiwagi, Erin O’Brien)
Urban x Indigenous 2016 & 2017 (Urban x Indigenous Collective & Sammay Dizon, feat. Astrologik, Gingee, JT Teodoro, Javier Stell-Fresquez)

Editing: Czarina Garcia

Video: Willis Lai, Jericho Saria, Hadrian Santos, Jason Nou, Hannah Faye, Stefan Vereen