East West Players Announces 52nd Anniversary Season

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is pleased to announce its 52nd Anniversary Season, The Company We Keep, which takes place from Fall 2017 through Summer 2018 and features co-productions with Rogue Artists EnsembleThe Robey Theatre CompanyJapanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, including two world premieres, an acclaimed revival, and the Los Angeles premiere of an award-winning Broadway musical.

“For our 52nd Anniversary Season, I thought a lot about the company we keep—the vital artistic and community partnerships that have supported and nurtured East West Players over the past 52 years. To that end, we are offering something no other theater company is doing: an entire season of co-productions. These extraordinary works reflect on and refract a wide range of Asian Pacific Islander experiences as seen through the lens of gender, race, and sexuality. We don’t shrink or hide. Instead, we stand taller, unafraid, and, most importantly, together. Welcome to The Company We Keep,” says EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai.

EWP’s 52nd season commences with the world premiere of Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a special event presented in association with Rogue Artists Ensemble—a collective of multi-disciplinary artists that creates Hyper-theater, an innovative hybrid of theater traditions, puppetry, mask work, dance, music, and modern technology—with support from Venturous Theatre Fund of The Tides Foundation, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Written by Lisa Dring, Rosie Narasaki, and Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble, and directed by Rogue’s Artistic Director Sean T. Cawelti, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is a multi-sensory, site-specific experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens, revealing the noise of our histories and the silences that haunt us. Performances run from October 5 – November 5, 2017 and will be staged at a secret Mid-City, six-story warehouse built in 1927, to be revealed after tickets have been purchased. More information at www.rogueartists.org.

EWP and The Robey Theatre Company—which explores, develops, and produces provocative plays written about the Global Black Experience—present the revival of Yohen, written by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by The Robey’s Producing Artistic Director Ben Guillory, and starring Danny Glover, with support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. In Japanese pottery, the term “yohen” refers to unpredictable changes that take place in the kiln. James and Sumi Washington are an interracial couple struggling to maintain their 37-year marriage after James retires from the US Army. The dramatic change in routine prompts questions about life, love, and aging, as the couple attempts to repair what’s broken and decide what is worth saving. Performances run from October 26 – November 19, 2017 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More information at www.eastwestplayers.org and www.robeytheatrecompany.com.

EWP and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)—one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States and a hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture in Southern California—and by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, present the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance. With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, Allegiance is inspired by the true childhood experiences of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”). Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Performances run from February 21 – April 1, 2018 at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More information at www.eastwestplayers.org and JACCC.org.

EWP’s 52nd season closes with the world premiere of As We Babble On, presented in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and with support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Written by Nathan Ramos, winner of EWP’s “2042: See Change” playwriting contest, As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. As We Babble On explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24. Performances run from May 31 – June 24, 2018 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More information at www.eastwestplayers.org and www.lalgbtcenter.org.

Single ticket sales will be announced at a later date. Season subscription options will be forthcoming in June 2017. For additional information about the 52nd season, please visit www.eastwestplayers.org or call (213) 625-7000. Dates, details, and ticket prices are subject to change.

As the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization, East West Players produces artistic work and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific Islander (API) experiences. Founded in 1965, at a time when APIs faced limited or no opportunities to see their experiences reflected outside of stereotypical and demeaning caricatures in the American landscape, EWP not only ensures that API stories are told, but works to increase access, inclusion, and representation in the economy.

For more information about East West Players, please visit www.eastwestplayers.org.

East West Players Announces Snehal Desai As Its New Artistic Director

8A-2016-07-01-EWP-SnehalDesaiEast West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work for the stage, announces Snehal Desai, as the organization’s fourth Artistic Director, following an extensive nationwide executive search conducted by the Arts Consulting Group. Outgoing Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang will work in an advisory capacity during a transitional period with Desai who assumes his new role starting July 1.

“We are excited that Snehal will be EWP’s next artistic leader,” said Board Co-Chair Daniel Mayeda. “He has a national reputation in the theatre world as a fierce proponent of diversity, multi-culturalism and new Asian American artistic work.” Board Co-Chair Randy Tamura added, “We believe Snehal has the communication and managerial skills, artistic creativity, and dynamic vision for the future of Asian American theatre that make him the ideal candidate to lead the organization into its next fifty years.”

“Since I met Snehal in 2011, aside from his artistic gifts and his producing skills, I recognized a charm and diplomacy in his leadership that will advance East West Players and the next generation of artists through the remarkable sea change that is happening in American theatre,” remarks Tim Dang, East West Players outgoing Artistic Director. “Snehal’s extensive involvement in his career developing over two hundred new plays, the vast majority by artists of color, has allowed him to hone an artistic style and voice that is focused on diversity, inclusion, community building, and social justice. I look forward to his and EWP’s growth and stature in the coming years.”

“I am deeply humbled and thrilled to be East West Players’ next Artistic Director,” said Desai. “EWP has proven time and time again that it is a leader in the American theatrical landscape and that the status quo is not enough. We must keep working to provide artists of color the opportunities and visibility they deserve. Under Tim’s extraordinary 23 year tenure, EWP has consistently demonstrated this with the rich and diverse range of work it has produced. I am grateful for his guidance and example.” Snehal continued, “I am also honored to have been welcomed into the East West Players community these past few years. I look forward to working with the Los Angeles community, the national theater community, board, artists, staff, and patrons to lead this seminal theater company from its golden anniversary into its next golden era.”

As Artistic Director of East West Players, Desai will be charged with providing the artistic vision and strategic, financial and operational direction of one of the most prominent theaters of color in the country. Desai will assume artistic responsibilities immediately and select the 2017-2018 Season.

Desai is currently East West Players’ Associate Artistic Director. His EWP directorial works include the world premiere productions of “A Nice Indian Boy,” and the “U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind,” as well as last year’s critically acclaimed production of “The Who’s Tommy.” He has directed plays at venues from The Old Globe in San Diego to Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon to the Old Vic in London, and worked at more than a dozen theaters in New York City. Desai has also produced the annual EWP Visionary Awards gala; oversaw play submissions as Literary Manager; administered the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute; administered the 2042: See Change National Playwriting Competition and the New Asian American Musicals initiative; managed artistic partnerships with local and regional theatres (including Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and A Noise Within); and served as EWP representative on the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition. Among various positions he has held, Desai served as Resident Director of Theater Emory; participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; and was a literary fellow with London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

A Soros Fellow and the recipient of a Tanne Award, Desai was in the Inaugural Class of Theater Communications Group’s (TCG) “Spark” Leadership Program, was featured in American Theatre magazine’s “20 Theater Workers You Should Know”, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship. He was recently featured in the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Journal and is a member of SDC. Snehal received his B.A. in Theater Studies and Political Science at Emory University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

ABOUT EAST WEST PLAYERS
Mission Statement: As the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization, East West Players produces artistic works and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific experiences.

Established in 1965, East West Players (EWP) has been hailed as the nation’s leading Asian American theater troupe for award-winning productions that blend Eastern and Western movement, costumes, language, and music. EWP has premiered more than 100 plays and musicals about the Asian Pacific American experience and has held more than 1,000 readings and workshops. EWP’s emphasis is on building bridges between East and West, and one measure of our success is an audience of 56% Asians and a remarkable 44% non-Asian attendance. East West Players was founded by nine Asian-American artists (Mako, Rae Creevey, Beulah Quo, Soon-Tek Oh, James Hong, Pat Li, June Kim, Guy Lee, and Yet Lock) seeking opportunities to take on roles beyond the stereotypical parts they were being offered in Hollywood. EWP continues to provide unique opportunities for Asian-American artists and is committed to advocating for more diverse representations of the Asian-American experience on TV and across all media.

In 1998, EWP Artistic Director Tim Dang led the company’s move from a 99-seat Equity Waiver “black box” theatre into a new 240-seat venue at an Actors Equity Association contract level. EWP’s mainstage is the David Henry Hwang Theater, housed within the historic Union Center for the Arts in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district, where it serves more than 10,000 people each year. www.EastWestPlayers.org

2015 Austin Asian American Film Fest Early Submission Deadline on June 1st

8A-2015-05-29-aaaff-light-logoThe Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is one of the premiere Asian American festivals in the American Southwest.

The festival is committed to bringing the best in Asian and Asian American cinema to the vibrant city of Austin. It is well attended and is supported by prominent cultural organizations and local businesses in one of the top cities for film in the US. The 2015 Austin Asian American Film Festival will be held from November 12th to November 15th. This four day event will be jam packed with exciting panels, discussions and screenings.

The early submission deadline for the Austin Asian American Film Festival ends this coming Monday, June 1st. If you’re an Asian American filmmaker or have a film that highlights the Asian American experience, submit your film.

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories:
* Narrative Feature
* Narrative Short
* Documentary Feature
* Documentary Short

Michelle K. Sugihara is New Executive Director of CAPE

8A-2015-05-13-CAPE-MichelleSugiharaAfter a thorough nationwide search, CAPE’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Michelle K. Sugihara as its new Executive Director. CAPE is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) images and representation through media and entertainment. In partnership with industry sponsors including Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Final Draft and Verizon, CAPE’s signature programs include the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, #IAM Campaign, educational panels and networking mixers targeting emerging and established entertainment industry leaders and creative talent.

“We’re thrilled that Michelle has joined the CAPE team as an integral part of our organization,” said Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director. “Michelle’s non-profit experience, strong community ties and legal background make her well-positioned to lead CAPE and take us to the next level. Her ability to address issues both analytically and creatively will serve her well as Executive Director.”

As Executive Director, Sugihara will lead the organization and advance CAPE’s mission of championing diversity by educating, connecting and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media by focusing on fundraising, programming, strategic growth and operations.

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8$: George Takei: Allegiance on Broadway and the Japanese American National Museum Legacy Project

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)

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WHO: The one and only George Takei

Widely known as “Mr. Sulu” from “Star Trek,” a “cultural ambassador” & “equality activist”

Takei has served on the CA Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Council of Governors of East West Players, Board of Directors of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under Pres. Clinton, cultural affairs chair of the Japanese American Citizens League & is Chairman Emeritus of the JANM. In 2004, he received the Order of the Rising Sun; 2007, the HRC’s Equality Award. Takei is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, the Academy (Motion Pictures and Television).

WHAT: Indiegogo project: Allegiance on Broadway and the Japanese American National Museum Legacy Project

As an actor and an activist, it has been my life’s mission to tell the incredible story of the thousands of families who endured the Japanese American Internment during World War II. The upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) are the intersection of my art and activism. Inspired by my life experiences and those of internees like me, the show celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. I consider it my Legacy Project, and I’ve come up with a way for the JANM to be a part of it. But I need your help.

The Story of Allegiance

Allegiance tells an epic, multi-generational tale about the Kimura family, in particular a brother and sister, Sammy (Glee’s Telly Leung) and Kei (TONY-Award winner for Miss Saigon, Lea Salonga), whose bond is tested after they choose opposing paths to save their family. Their journeys take them from the rich California heartland, to the wind swept wastelands of Wyoming, to the battlefields of war-torn Europe.

Framed by an American war hero (played by me) recounting his family’s experience, Allegiance offers a rare and personal look into a time in our history when everyday citizens became heroes.

Allegiance is the reason I first took to the Internet, knowing that I’d need to build an audience for this untold story. Today, I am grateful to connect daily with millions of inspiring, funny, passionate individuals who prove what I have long known to be true – that our world is a better place when we all participate. I invite you to join me on a special endeavor to ensure that our vital work continues for generations to come.

WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (11:59pm PT).

WHY:
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Typically, a show gets to Broadway with funding by a group of producers and investors. Allegiance’s producers have accepted my call to action for crowdfunding, with a minimum goal of $250,000, but with the potential for much more. The contributions here will act as if they had been invested by the JANM. The show will assign a proportional percentage of its profits to the museum, creating a source of funding for it in perpetuity.

Holiday Wish: Asian Women’s Home Expansion

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“He hit me a lot. He hit me if the dinner was late. He hit me if I didn’t polish the shoes the right way.”

Kathy, who arrived from India in 2010, left an abusive marriage with nothing but the clothes on her back and clothes and food for her baby.  She found safety at the Asian Women’s Home, a project of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a community based organization in Santa Clara County that focuses on Asian American health and well being.  Asian Women’s Home is looking for funds to expand its facilities, as part of the Mercury News Wish Book Program which told Kathy’s story.

The Asian Women’s Home is one of the few (out of nine in the US) shelters that focuses on female Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence victims.  Staff members speak sixteen Asian and non-Asian languages.  The small four bedroom house in San Jose (the exact location is kept secret for safety reasons) has the capacity for 12 beds, and over the past 20 years, it has sheltered about 2,000 women and children fleeing from abuse.

Through Asian Women’s Home, Kathy has escaped abuse and learned to speak English, and she is currently getting job training.  You can help Kathy and Asian Women’s Home by donating through the Wishbook or donating directly to AACI.

8$: East West Players Creates the World of ‘Takarazuka!!!’

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)

WHO:

East West Players was founded in 1965, and is currently embarking on its 50th Anniversary!

As the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, East West Players (EWP) produces artistic works and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific experiences. EWP was the first theatre dedicated to portraying an authentic and non-stereotyped Asian Pacific American experience, and today stands as the longest-running professional theatre of color operating in the U.S.

WHAT: Indiegogo project: East West Players Creates the World of Takarazuka!!!

TAKARAZUKA!!!, a play with music by Susan Soon-He Stanton, is set at the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female Japanese performance troupe, that has put on lavishly staged spectacles for decades. Facing retirement, the Takarazuka’s Top Star, Yuko, begins to be haunted by the ghost of a former top star. Mysterious events happen at the theater as Yuko’s sayonara performance looms and a new star is set to rise to the top in this thrilling and seductive new play.

The Takarazuka Revue in Japan has performed to packed houses since 1913, showcasing all-female casts in productions that are renowned for their lavish costume and set designs, melodramatic performances, and extravagant musical productions that combine traditional Japanese music and dance with western influences. Many now consider the Takarazuka Revue to be as significant as noh and kabuki in terms of its contributions to indigenous Japanese theatre.

TAKARAZUKA!!!, the play, offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes, revealing the almost obsessive discipline and training that are required of the women who enter the world of Takarazuka, and the elaborate, dreamlike spectacles that have thrilled and fascinated audiences for the last century.

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WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

WHY:

Help us recreate the splendor of Takarazuka!!! We want the show to look fantastic, and we want you to enjoy it! Your support will enable us to bring the world of Takarazuka to life through beautiful sets and costumes.

Scenic Designer Tesshi Nakagawa has designed an intricate and innovative set that transports the audience from the glitz and showmanship of the Takarazuka Revue, to the gritty behind-the-scenes of a working theatre (check out the gallery for some photos!). June Suepunpuck is designing costumes that capture the ornate and fanciful showmanship for which the Takarazuka Revue is renowned. In our efforts to represent the performance styles as authentically as possible we look to you for help bring their visions to life!

We need to raise $5,000, and we have received a $1,600 challenge match from a friend of East West Players, Wendy Chang — that means that the first $1,600 you donate will be doubled, and we can reach our goal even faster! Please donate today to help us reach our goal by opening night, November 12!

8$: Boston Asian American Film Festival

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)

WHO:

Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community.

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WHAT: Indiegogo project: Boston Asian American Film Festival 2014

From October 23 to 26, the Boston Asian American Film Festival will screen over 25 films, including 9-Man, To Be Takei, and Revenge of the Green Dragons.

Every year, we strive to be better than the last, and we intend to make BAAFF 2014 one of the best experiences possible. With your help, we can make this festival a memorable event for both general attendees and special guests. The funds raised through this campaign will go towards bringing filmmakers and actors to Boston to share with festival-goers their vision and experiences.

WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (7:27am PDT).

WHY:

Our interest resides in the passion to bring Asian American films to the public and to educate them on the experiences that Asian Americans face in society. There are many issues in our society that are not being recognized such as gentrification and discrimination; and we are here to help raise awareness to these concerns. Bringing filmmakers to Boston and supporting Asian American filmmakers will ensure we deepen the conversations that take place.

JACL Seeking Help in Locating Nisei from California Injured in 1965 Alabama Voting Rights Demonstrations

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The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is asking for assistance in locating a Nisei who lived in Monrovia, California, in 1965, who was injured in violent demonstrations in Montgomery, Alabama. JACL will participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights that will take place in Selma, Alabama, in March 2015. JACL would like to include the Nisei Californian in 50th anniversary activities.

In the Spring of 1965, Todd Endo, a student member of JACL, traveled to Selma, Alabama to support the African American struggle for human rights. Endo wrote articles for the Pacific Citizen about his experiences and views on what was happening in Selma after the death of his friend, Rev. Jim Reeb. One article provided information on other Asian Americans who participated in the demonstrations.

Endo wrote that a Nisei student had been injured in a civil rights demonstration in Montgomery. No other identification was provided for the student who came from Monrovia, California. A television news broadcast in Selma spotlighted the Nisei’s involvement in their coverage of the event. At the time, an African American leader commenting on the incident referred to the student as a civil rights support who had come from Japan. The Nisei student clarified he was an American born in California.

The Spokesman Review, a Spokane, Washington, newspaper wrote in their March 17, 1965 issue in an article titled, “Demonstrators Routed by Montgomery Police”, that 8 were hurt by mounted sheriff deputies as a result of a “mixup in police orders”. Under the subtitle, “Five Horses Injured”, the article noted the injured included a Japanese-American college student who was treated at St. Margaret’s Hospital.

JACL would like to recognize the heroism of the unknown Nisei. White spectators were heard to comment, “Look, even the Japs are here.”

Among other Asian Americans in Selma during the demonstrations was Rev. Andrew Otani, an Issei Episcopalian priest from Minneapolis. His Issei congregation supported and financed his participation in the Selma crisis. There were also three Chinese American students in Selma.

Anyone with information about the unknown Nisei should contact Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director of JACL, at 202-223-1240 or [email protected]

JACL Inouye Fellowship Seeking Applications… Deadline August 31, 2014

8A-2014-08-JACL-logoThe Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The fellowship is based in the JACL D.C. office and includes the following programs:

  • Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.
  • Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.
  • Conduct research and study topics assigned.
  • Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.
  • Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.
  • Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, graduating college seniors or students in graduate or professional programs, and a member of the JACL. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.

Time Period & Stipend:
The term of the fellowship will be for a time period of one year and will begin as early as October 2014. A $2,250 monthly stipend will be provided. Air travel is provided by Southwest Airlines.

Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a sample of writing, and names and contact information for two (2) references to the Washington, D.C. office of the JACL at [email protected] with “Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications for the Inouye Fellowship can be found here.

The deadline to apply for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is August 31, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions, please contact the D.C. office at 202-223-1240 or at [email protected]

APIAVote is looking for storytellers… deadline August 31, 2014

8A-2014-08-APIAvote-logoAPIAVote is looking for storytellers… journalism students or individuals who have experience in writing for any form of media (print/audio/video/online/photography).

We are building a national communications team to help write and produce stories about Asian American and Pacific Islander voters and the impact of election laws to the community.

We plan to distribute pieces to various ethnic and mainstream media. A professional working journalist will lead this team and serve as editor and mentor.

Individuals can be based anywhere in the country especially since we will be developing stories nationwide. Please send your resume and work samples to [email protected] by August 31, 2014.

8$: ’99 Histories’ from Artists at Play

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)

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WHO: Artists at Play.
“Artists at Play is a theatre-producing collective of Asian American creative professionals in the Los Angeles area.”

WHAT: Indiegogo project: L.A. premiere of 99 Histories by playwright Julia Cho

This year we proudly present 99 Histories, a story about the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters. Written back in 2002, the first major play from acclaimed playwright Julia Cho revolves around Eunice, a Korean American former cello prodigy, who comes home pregnant and unmarried, and tries to mend her relationship with her mother. Haunted by violent memories, Eunice must confront her ghosts before she can move forward. In this riveting and poignant drama of memory, legacy and home, what is remembered might be made up, and the only homelands that seem to exist are imaginary.

WHEN: Deadline to contribute is TODAY, Friday, July 25, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

WHY:
About the Indiegogo:

99 Histories will have a 3-week run at The Lounge Theater in September 2014. Our fundraising goal is $7,000, which will cover venue rental and rehearsal fees as well as stipends for artistic and technical personnel.

L.A. theatre colleagues have set forth a challenge to producers across the city to increase actors’ wages. Actors’ Equity, the union representing theatre actors, currently requires most companies to pay a minimum of $7 to $25 per performance. Yes, you read that right. This year, Artists at Play hopes to increase the stipends that we pay our actors as a show of appreciation for the work they do and to better value all that they give us onstage.

Artists at Play envisions a Los Angeles community where Asian Americans are recognized as both theatre-makers and theatre-goers. Our productions represent a new generation of voices in American theatre that transcend the label of “Asian American” or “minority.” Your support for 99 Histories and Artists at Play will help promote more diversity and inclusion of Asian American artists and stories in the local theatre landscape.

With our new show, we are proud to further contribute to the Los Angeles theatre community as we strive to create entertaining and challenging work that is accessible to anyone and everyone. Please note that through the fiscal sponsorship provided by Fractured Atlas, donations are tax-deductible.