Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hapa Japan Fest and Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in LA


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Feb 24-26, 2017 at USC in LA

It's been over a year in the works and it's finally here! Along with Chandra Crudup of Mixed Roots Stories, I am the co-organizer of the 4th Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

“Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial)
Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia
Feb. 24-26, 2017
University of Southern California

The conference is hosted by the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and includes over 50 panels, roundtables, and caucus sessions organized by the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association as well as 2 feature film screenings, the LIVE Performance show, and Performance Sampler produced by Mixed Roots Stories. CMRS 2017 is pleased to run concurrently with the Hapa Japan Festival February 22- 26, 2017.

A huge thank you to the CMRS programming and site committees, my fellow Critical Mixed Race Studies Association board members, our fiscal agent Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, our social media coordinator Sharon Chang, and all of the volunteers from HapaSC, MASC, and the staff at USC, especially Shannon Maiko Takushi and Duncan Williams, who are helping make this all possible.

I will be speaking at two sessions:
Saturday, Feb 25, 2016 4:30-6:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 227
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
MIXED ROOTS STORIES and HAPA JAPAN Panel: Beyond Binaries: Contemporary Mixed, Queer, Trans, Asian Diasporic Art
CHAIR Laura Kina, DePaul University
More Than Love on The Horizon: Queer Projections, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, artist
Choreographing the Liminal: Performing Queer, Trans, and Mixed-Race, Zavé Gayatri Martohardjono, artist
Uchinanchu: Okinawan Diaspora and Mixed Race IdentityLaura Kina, DePaul University
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 1:00-2:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 320A
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

ROUNDTABLE Transferring Race: Mixed Parents Reflect on Raising Mixed Children
CHAIR 
Kelly F. Jackson, Arizona State University
Kelly F. Jackson, Arizona State University
Sharon H. Chang, author activist
Jeff Chiba Stearns, filmmaker
Sonia Smith-Kang, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Farzana Nayani, Advisor, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)
Chris L. Terry, author


Visit our new websites to download the complete program and register: https://criticalmixedracestudies.wordpress.com/

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In addition to three full days of academic sessions, there is a line up of evening special events that are open to the public. Please join us! Make sure to get tickets through the Eventbrite links below.


FREE Friday Feb 24, 2017 Mixed Roots LIVE Performance tickets
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm
Mixed Roots Stories LIVE performance featuring Robert Farid Karimi, Lisa Marie Rollins, Fred Sasaki, Carly Bates, Zav. Gayatri Martohardjono, and Crystal Shaniece Roman


FREE (with CMRS badge) Saturday Feb 25, 2017 Hapa Japan Concert tickets
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 7:00-9:00pm
Hapa Japan Concert featuring Kina Grannis, Mari. Digby, Andy Suzuki & the Method, and Kris Roche


FREE Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 Closing Session and Mixed Match screening tickets
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:00pm-7:30pm
Closing Reception and documentary film screening Mixed Match by Jeff Chiba Stearns

FEBRUARY 22 - 26, 2017 LOS ANGELES, CA

5 DAYS OF PANELS, MUSIC, FOOD, & FILM SCREENINGS

The Hapa Japan Festival celebrates mixed race and mixed roots Japanese people and culture. Come join us at the Japanese American National Museum and the USC (University of Southern California) campus in Los Angeles.
http://hapajapan.com/



MY ARTWORK AND A PERSONAL ESSAY ARE FEATURED IN VOL 2 OF THIS TWO VOLUME COLLECTION OF ESSAYS SURVEYING THE HISTORY OF GLOBAL MIXED-RACE IDENTITIES OF PERSONS OF JAPANESE DESCENT:
HAPA JAPAN Volumes 1 & 2 Now Available



“Now, more than ever, Hapa Japan is essential reading for all citizens of our transcultural, transnational, boundless, borderless, beautifully mixed-up world.”
- RUTH OZEKI
AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST AND FILMMAKER;
AUTHOR OF A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING




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