Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oops: Disappeared

Yeah, I got busy again with work. Sorry about neglecting the blog!

I'll do my best to keep updating. Lots of great news to post! :)

Hope you look forward to it.

Save the Date! NAPAWF-DC Membership Kick-Off April 22

Please SAVE THE DATE for NAPAWF-DC's Membership Kick-Off on Wednesday, April 22!

* Come learn about NAPAWF-DC chapter's goals, mission and our upcoming events for the year.
* Meet current board members and reconnect with fellow NAPAWF sisters
* Join a committee!
* Learn how you can be a part of Creative Explosion, our healthy Nail Salon Workers campaign, and APA Quiz Bowl
* Sign up to host an Afternoon Tea
* Refreshments provided

When: Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. Rome Building, room 812 on the 8th floor.

Getting There: The event will be held at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS near Dupont Circle. From Dupont Circle Metro, walk SE on Massachusetts Ave. toward 16th St./Scott Circle. We're located on Massachusettts between 16th and 17th St., across from the Philippine Embassy.
Google map directions:,+NW+DC&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.214763,78.75&ie=UTF8&ll=38.9085,-77.03903&spn=0.007965,0.019226&z=16

The Intersex Files (Gender Fusions workshop!)

The LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community invites you...

to a mind-opening, eyebrow-raising, experience-stretching presentation by Gender Fusions Headliner, Del LaGrace Volcano, a transgressive gender variant visual artist hailing from London & Stockholm!

An Idiot’s Guide to Resisting Normalcy with a Smile
With visceral pleasure, Gender Fusions Headliner Del LaGrace Volcano presents herms, merms and other genderqueer terms which are sometimes confounding, but as Zippy the Pinhead said, "Confusion is a small price to pay for social progress". Join Del LaGrace Volcano in a slideshow presentation about the intersex community, followed by an interactive gender discussion & workshop.

Volcano’s photographic books include: Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities: Exploding Queer Femininities, The Drag King Book, Sublime Mutations, Sex Works: 1978-2005 & more. To learn more about his projects and artistic work, visit his website at

Friday, April 17, 2009
2:00 - 4:00PM
Hokin Lecture Hall
623 S. Wabash
Free & open to the public

Questions? Email or call 312.369.8594

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago

In case you want to read on, a bit more about Del LaGrace Volcano...
As a gender variant visual artist I access 'technologies of gender' in order to amplify rather than erase the hermaphroditic traces of my body. I name myself. A gender abolitionist. A part time gender terrorist. An intentional mutation and intersex by design, (as opposed to diagnosis), in order to distinguish my journey from the thousands of intersex individuals who have had their 'ambiguous' bodies mutilated and disfigured in a misguided attempt at 'normalization'. I believe in crossing the line as many times as it takes to build a bridge we can all walk across.

Reigster now for the Midwest ITASA Conference!

Reigster now for the Midwest Conference!

Get ready for the 2009 ITASA Midwest Conference! Be sure to register as it is only 2 weeks away; April 17-19!!!

The University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign is proud to host a range of speakers and performers who are prepared to enlighten your body, mind and spirit!

Don't miss out on:

+ A sneak peak of Formosa Betrayed: A Film based on true events

+ A Screening of Ping Pong Playa; Along with Jimmy Tsai (Producer/ Actor from this movie!)

+ Up and coming author Shawna Yang Ryan and her new book Water Ghosts

+ Founders of Taiwanese and mymomisafob/my HoChie Tsai and Serena Wu!

..... and many more!!!

REGISTER NOW! Registration is FREE for UIUC students!

Please note:There will no longer be a charter bus available from the Chicago area to the UIUC campus. Please make other arrangements for travel. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Support Judy Chu's May 19 special election

As you may know, Congressional candidate (and AAA-Fund endorsee) Dr. Judy Chu’s only six weeks away from her May 19 special election, and she needs your help.

On Apr. 18 (Sat), 10 am sharp, we’ll all converge at Dr. Chu’s campaign headquarters (in Baldwin Park). If you like meeting voters, you’ll be deployed as a precinct walker. If you prefer chatting on the phone, you’ll be deployed as a phonebanker.

We can arrange rides if needed -- let me know!

As a small token of our thanks, lunch will be on the house.

Please RSVP to me via Facebook or email ( I can also be reached at 626.484.9702.

What: AAA-Fund Volunteers for Judy Chu
When: Apr. 18, 10 am
Where: Judy Chu for Congress HQ, 4153 N. Maine Ave., Baldwin Park CA 91706

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Take Action: Save the DC Office of APIA Affairs

Dear DC AAPI Caucus,

If you have not heard already, we have incredibly disappointing news regarding the DC Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA). In Mayor Fenty’s 2010 budget proposal, the office will be eliminated completely with the budget zeroed out. The office’s services will be transferred within the Office of Community Affairs and at least 60% of the current OAPIA staff will be eliminated.

It is outrageous that the Mayor would decide to eliminate OAPIA, which has been in existence for over 20 years, currently serving over 20,000 API residents in the District. This office was implemented due to the needs of the DC API community over the past two decades and many API leaders fought hard to create and sustain this office. In addition, this is the only ethnic minority office that the Mayor has decided to cut.

This issue is now in the hands of the City Council. The budget hearing is set for April 24th. We are asking everyone to contact their City Council members and asking them to:

* Reinstate the Office of Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and maintain the office as an independent agency with its own budget chapter and cabinet-level position within the Mayor’s Office; and
* Maintain the office as the District’s point of contact for the API community.

Currently, other API leaders in DC have been working hard to meet with Councilmembers and reaching out to key people (other constituency organizations, national leaders, Commission on API Affairs, and the DC Democratic State Committee). We will circulate sample petition letters and postcards ASAP.

Here's exactly what you can do:

We only have a few weeks to get the word out, so if you have any other ideas, please let us know. Mayor Fenty explained in the council hearing that he’s eliminating OAPIA, but not the Office of Latino Affairs or other offices such as African Affairs and LGBT because they have a “different” function. While we do not understand what he meant by this, we do not want to give the impression that the Asian community will not put up a fight to ensure equal footing with the other offices. Let’s make sure our voices are heard and our community is served, and we prevent this from happening!

We will keep you posted as things develop. Please contact Wylie at if you have any questions or would like to help.