Friday, January 25, 2008

Funky Oriental Beats

Just locked down the dates and lineup for an Asian Poetry Night. I think it's the first time it's been done in Auckland and possibly even NZ - we just haven't been culturally "mature" enough as Kiwi-Asians to attempt this. (more on this later...) But for the first time, we've reached "critical mass" here in Auckland and there's lots of us out there, asking questions about who we really are, how others see us and where we are headed. And from my personal experience, there's also a lot of interest from people in listening/reading/viewing our work. So it's a pretty exciting time to be Kiwi-Asian right now.

David Tsai and I have put together an interesting lineup - between us we cover all the main Asian cultures living in Auckland....Chinese, Chinese-Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Eurasian, Filipino. We've also booked a 200-person venue, so let's see if my hunch is right and we can fill it.

Here are the details (am particularly chuffed at getting Ishle Yi Park, who's leading the charge of Asian-American poets in the States, on board as our special guest):

Funky Oriental Beats

A night of spoken word, performance poetry and music by established and emerging Kiwi Asian artists - a first for Auckland. A multilingual celebration of our identity and culture. Because it's time to hear OUR side of the story.

featuring the talents of
Jamie Banks, Ming Cher, Lynette Leong, Renee Liang, Ed Mecija, David Tsai A.K.A DVRDCT and Infinite Flying Kick and special guest US Def Jam Champion Ishle Yi Park.

When: Sunday 24th Feb, 8pm, doors open 7.30 pm

Where: Whammy Bar, Basement Level 179 K' Rd

Cost: $5 at door

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