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Saturday, May 9, 2020

KEET's 'Asian Americans' Panel Kicks off Series

Posted By on Sat, May 9, 2020 at 8:32 PM

Nobody knows what day it is anymore but it's definitely May, and that means Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. KEET is kicking off a series of programming about the history and cultural impact of Asians and Pacific Islanders with an Ovee preview screening and panel discussion this Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m. (free).
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Yours truly will be hosting with Zoom-ed in panelists, including Malina Syvoravong, Ali O. Lee and Sue Y. Lee. We'll be diving into how the stories of detention at Angel Island, Patsy Mink's historic election to Congress as the first woman of color and her fight for equal treatment for women and men in education, the racist murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit in 1982 and the original DREAMer, Tereza Lee reverberate now. Sign up at www.ovee.itvs.org and select Asian Americans KEET to see the screener followed by discussion and send your own questions and comments via chat. Invite your mom.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Swing Time Travel: Photos and Video from the Taiko Swingposium

Posted By on Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Last weekend, the San Jose Taiko Swingposium Immersive Theater Experience's On the Road show transformed the Bayside Community Hall into a World War II-era dance hall in a Japanese-American incarceration camp. While under armed guard and having lost their homes, possessions and rights as Americans, those in the camps played music and held dances like these within their barbed-wire confines to maintain a sense of hope and community.
Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Members of San Jose Taiko brought ensemble Japanese drumming to the music/dance/immersive theater/living history event.

The "immersive" part of the show? Audience members and performers mingled and danced throughout the evening within a living-history portrayal of a teenage love story in the camp retold by actors playing prisoners.  Music for the three sold-out weekend performances was provided by the taiko drummers and the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra. See the slideshow and video below for highlights of the event.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: Photos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A large crowd of all ages gathered in the Adorni Center for a "Celebration of Service in our Community" at the Eureka NAACP's Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Eureka.
Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe.
Sharrone Blanck and Lorna Bryant emceed the event, with Paula Jones, Tina Okoye and Donna Landry leading off the music. Long-time local NAACP members Leslie Price, John Lee Lyons and Donna McQueen were honored with special presentations. See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.

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