USAAF 2023 Calendar

Welcome to the online calendar for the 26th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: REIMAGINING HORIZONS! In celebration of API Heritage Month, APICC is excited to present in-person and virtual programming this APRIL-JUNE, 2023.

Festival events listed below are organized by type of presentation. All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST). Events with an asterisk (*) are featured artists of APICC and USAAF 2023. 


Please check each event page for specific accessibility options and contact information.

 All in-person programs and events are wheelchair accessible. 
 This icon indicates which festival events will have ASL interpretation. 
• For any inquiries about specific programs or event locations, please reach out to [email protected]

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Kick off the Festival with JADE WAVE RISING

Kick off the festival with the opening to APICC's annual visual arts exhibition

An art gallery with a large-scale film projection in which a geisha stands in the middle of a rainy street in a neon-lit and futuristic-looking setting, flanked by colorful (blue and gold) framed artworks on both sides.Jade Wave Rising
Curated by Yeu Q Nguyen
Co-Presented by AAWAA
April 27-May 21 @ SOMArts Cultural Center

Opening/Festival Kick-Off: Thu, April 27, 6pm
Screening & Closing: Sun, May 21, 1 PM

As the AAPI community reels from the ongoing waves of hate and violence, Jade Wave Rising: Portraits of Power celebrates
Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s voices and pays homage to overlooked historical figures and community leaders.
Inspired by the gemstone’s various metaphysical and cultural meanings in its association with power, jewelry and crowns,
Jade Wave Rising establishes new legacies of leadership to imagine a more equitable future for AAPI women everywhere. 

Healing Home with 500 CAPP Street and CAAM

500 Capp Street, Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APICC), and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) co-presents
Being, Belonging & Beyond - SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival.

Being, Belonging & Beyond
SF Bay Area AAPI Dance Film Festival
Curated by Curated by APICC and Megan Lowe Dances
Co-Presented by Megan Lowe Dances, 500 Capp Street, and CAAM
Sun, May 14
Kapwa Gardens

2pm: Lenora Lee Dance

3:45pm: Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara, Alleluia Panis
6pm: Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen with World Premiere of HOME(in)STEAD

Screenings will include dance films by Lenora Lee Dance, Alleluia Panis, Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara and culminates in the world premiere screening of HOME(in)STEADa site-specific dance work by 500 Capp Street artists-in-residence Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen - a performance that utilizes the historical David Ireland House as a visceral canvas for exploring means of feeling, finding, creating, and healing home through dynamic architecture-oriented movement and intimate contact partnering supported by live music, text, and installation.



Cultivating Possibilities with USAAF: REIMAGINING HORIZONS


APICC is partnering with Sunday Streets and Livable City to host the REIMAGINING HORIZONS Showcase
at Sunday Streets Tenderloin on June 4, 2023. 

Join us for a day of music, poetry, fashion, art-making, performances and more!


This showcase is free and open to the public.

Featured APICC artists include:
Caroline Cabading
Parivar Bay Area
Shikha Malaviya
Maw Shein Win
Preeti Vangani
Terry Lily Hwang
*More Tenderloin artists and performers will be announced.


19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
A hearing Japanese woman glances over at the Deaf Japanese person beside her, both wearing face masks pulled below their chins.


QWOCMAP will premiere 30 films in 6 screenings at the FREE
19th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 9-11, 2023.
From the lush sageness of memory, movement, and Indigenous traditions of environmental stewardship,
to the transformation of grief, and the mycorrhizal relationships between love, collective care,
and disability justice, these films liberate spores of sovereignty and survivance.

Friday Opening Night Screening - Fri, June 9 @ 7PM-9:30PM
Saturday Featured Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 1PM-2:30PM
Saturday Featured Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 3PM-6PM
Saturday Centerpiece Screening - Sat, June 10 @ 8PM-10PM
Sunday Centerpiece Screening - Sun, June 11 @ 1PM-3:45PM
Sunday Closing Night Screening - Sun, June 11 @ 5PM-7:45PM
Online Encore Screening - TBD

All films are Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and
Audio Described for the Blind and Low Vision, and ASL interpretation
will be provided along with many other forms of accessibility.


More programs and events from this year's festival artists!

Genny Lim
Memory, Meaning and Memoir Workshop
Fri, April 28 - Virtual Event

Leslie Damaso
Fri, May 5 & Sat, May 6 @ Bindlestiff Studio
Genny Lim
The Diaspora Writers' Group
Sat, May 6 - Virtual Event
Illustration of Haw Mok steamed curry by Emily Ramai Kim

When Eyes Speak: Indian Choreography Festival
Space, Place and Ancestry
Fri, May 12-May 14 @ Dance Mission Theatre
and Mission District
Illustration of Haw Mok steamed curry by Emily Ramai Kim

VC Tang
New Ingredients: A Virtual Storytelling
Curry Tamale Cook-Along

Mon, May 15 - Virtual Event
A group of friends and one white dog, smiling, sitting on the floor and on an orange couch, in front of bookshelves filled with trinkets. A coffee table filled with mahjong pieces is in the foreground.Family Style Collective
Shoes Off
Fri, May 12-June 12 @ 475 Haight Street
fault lines
Fri, May 19 & Sat, May 20 @ Fort Funston
Hearts & Minds graphic with event info using purple, red and dark pink colors of two heads that form a heart
Lena Chen
Hidden Histories, Radical Reimaginings
Sun, May 21 - Virtual Event
Harvey Lozada
    “Son of Samoa” Community Film Screening           TBD @ Roxie Theater
Ava Koohbor
ffff: A Noise Cappella
Fri, May 26 @ SPACE 124
Asian male dancer with short black hair wearing a grey green short sleeve button up and burnt orange shorts. He is in the air with an arched torso, his arms outstretched with his right leg following the arch of his torso and the left leg reaching for the ground. His eyes are partially closed and his expression shows a state of longing.
Johnny Huy Nguyễn*
No Country For Mother
Fri, May 26, Sat, May 27 & Sun, May 28
@ Joe Goode Annex
A man in a purple robe and a woman in a red robe, both with red headbands, pose together with their hands pointed in different directions.
Strong Like Bamboo: Stories of Resiliencefor Healing in the Era of Anti-Asian Violence
Sun, May 28 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
A portrait of SNJV, a South Asian and Fijian performance artist. SNJV has their eyes closed and mouth slightly ajar. They have a bright orange and yellow, transparent, traditional fabric draped over their face and head.
King LOTUS BOY, Hennessy Williams,
TRANSformASIANS: A Transgender & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Showcase
Fri, June 2 @ OASIS
Long haired guitar player wearing a brown jacket stands on right side of center and holds orange electric guitar up to a blue sky in a dry grass field
Josh Icban
To Cross: Aganakake Tatang Ko
TBD (This event has been postponed. Please check back for updates!) @ Bindlestiff Studios
An Asian person holds a hand mirror that partially hides their enigmatic expression. White eyeliner curves up from the outer corner of their eyes and down from the inner corner to their nose. Their black dress is printed with white eyes.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
19th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Fri, June 9 - Presidio Theater
A female musician of mixed Filipina heritage sits holding her guitar while being surrounded by various instruments, including a kutiyapi, gabbang, and kubing.
Theresa Calpotura
Musikang Halo-Halo: Starting to Mix
Sun, June 11 - Virtual Event
Hella Pinay
Hella Pinay Radio IRL: Pride Edition
Thu, June 15 - Virtual Event

#USAAF2023 #ReimaginingHorizons


Vinay Patel, Executive Director
Melanie Elvena
, Artistic Director
Jo Alvarado, Program Manager
TJ Basa, Office Manager
Angelo DelArte, Program Intern

Den Legaspi, ARC and TYPE Design, Graphic Designer


Johnny Huy Nguyen, dancer/choreographer
Susie Kagami, KOHO SF Japantown 
Raj Rao, Parivar Bay Area

USAAF 2023 Designs by Den Design

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