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San Francisco: Queer Rebels presents SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism. Innovative. Risky. Expansive.

Queer Rebels - SPIRIT

Queer Rebels presents SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism. Innovative. Risky. Expansive. 

DESCRIPTION: From the Asian avant-garde to 1960’s activists, Angel Island poets to Slam champions, the Queer Asian Diaspora comes alive through performance, films, and discussion. 5/10-11 in San Francisco. Featuring 23+ artists and activists.

MAY 10 – PERFORMANCE: at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) (2868 Mission St, SF). 8pm. $12-$20

MAY 11 – PANEL: at Brava Theater Center, Dance Studio, 2nd Flr (2781 24th St, SF). 3pm. FREE

MAY 11 – FILMS: at Brava Theater Center (2781 24th St, SF). 7pm. $7-$10



Eli-Coppola award winning poet, Ryka Aoki
Slam poet pioneer, Regie Cabico
Radically classical Sarah Cargill
Performance artist, Genevieve Erin O’Brien
Lambda Literary Award winner and Asian Arts Freedom School co-founder, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Genderqueer love warrior, Tonilyn Sideco
Sassy, sexy spoken word from Peacock Rebellion founder, Manish Vaidya


Conscientious objector and Veteran Artists founder, Stephen Funk
QWOCMAP founder, Madeleine Lim
Film studies doctoral candidate, Munira Lokhandwala
Scholar, mentor, and activist of 40+ years, Trinity Ordona
Post-humanist feminist scholar, Margaret Rhee (Moderator)
Dragonfruit oral history founder and Ethnic Studies Dean, Amy Sueyoshi


VONA literary fellow, Celeste Chan
Golden Golden filmmaker, Erica Cho
Experimental storyteller, Yvette Choy
Feminist fabulist filmmaker, Miki Foster
Poet liberationist, Vanessa Huang
Absurdist artist, Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Activist/filmmaker/femme fatale, So Yung Kim
Experimental artist, Jai Arun Ravine
Award-winning filmmaker/scholar/performance artist, Tina Takemoto
Shut Up White Boy and Kieu filmmaker, Vũ T. Thu Hà

ACCESSIBILITY: All venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scents, so that everyone can attend.

WHAT IS QUEER REBELS? Formed in late 2008, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future.www.queerrebels.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions

SUPPORTERS: Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Queer Cultural Center. Funding from Open Meadows Foundation, Red Envelope Giving Circle (made possible by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Gil Foundation, and Horizons Foundation), San Francisco Arts Commission, and individual donors.

About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


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