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Thursday, June 19, 1997
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

This Place We Are, The Snazzy Writers Workshop

Thursday Evenings at the Museum

The home, the head, the heart—inspiration and experience can come from anywhere. But what does it mean to write from a specific location sexually, politically, and culturally? This program examines this question from the perspectives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Filipino Americans writing about the experience of being “Filipino and queer” in the U.S. or anywhere.

The Snazzy Writers’ Workshop is proud to bring together some of the best emerging writers writing from and about the “Place” they inhabit. Some of the writers featured include Elsa E'der, Napolean Lustre, and Irene Soriano. The Snazzy Writers’ Workshop is a special project sponsored by the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team and funded by the California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Community Fund. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, June 12, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery: Ghosts and Baggage by Ken Narasaki

Thursday Evenings at the Museum
New Play Reading

In this, the seventh new play reading by the Writers Gallery, writer/actor Ken Narasaki presents his play Ghosts and Baggage. This play is about two people, Sara and Oliver, who want to get together, but find their way blocked by ghosts and baggage. Tim Dang, the artistic director of East West Players, directs this project. This program is funded in part by AT&T. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, June 5, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Coffee House

Thursday Evenings at the Museum

The AT&T/East West Players New Voices Project presents the Writers’ Coffee House. It’s open mike night as writers from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute read selections from their poetry, fiction, and plays, as well as perform original monologues and songs.

Enjoy the Museum’s own Kona coffee and other treats while enjoying the latest work of the Institute artists. Writers slated to read in this new series include: Edgar Cayago, Doug Cooney, Jason Fong, Leslie Ishii, Mark Jue, Soji Kashiwagi, Eddy Kim, Euijoon Kim, Lucy Kim, Wess Mann, Ken Narasaki, Steve Park, John Song, Janice Terukina, and Lisa Tu. This program is funded in part by AT&T. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, May 22, 1997
7:30 PM

Cold Tofu Improv: Tofu Vision

Cold Tofu presents television parody and its own vision of TV past and present. This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. A guest artist and musician will also perform. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.

Thursday, May 15, 1997
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Capturing History: Incarceration Narratives in Fiction and Nonfiction

Two generations of writers have struggled to recover and present stories of the Japanese American incarceration; their work in history and in fiction has been at the core of the movement for redress. A panel of distinguished novelists and historians of the incarceration experience share their work, discuss their sources for materials, and address questions of how they used or interpreted these materials. Join us for an exploration of how writing has shaped and continues to reshape a country’s understanding of its historical experiences.

Co-presented by PEN Center USA and made possible in part by a grant from the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.

Saturday, May 10, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

The Kona Coffee Story: Portraits of a Community

Kona coffee is known world-wide as one of the premier quality coffees on the market, yet little is known about the industry or the people who labor to produce this aromatic coffee. Join life history curator Darcie Iki as she presents a historical portrait of the coffee farmers of Kona by sharing her research and oral history recordings that she conducted in Kona. This lecture includes a slide show of historical photos and audio clips of the voices of the farmers themselves. Hear about their struggle for independence, their determination to succeed and the spirit of community cooperation that existed in the past and that continues into the present.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai'i Belt Road



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