Nov 20 2015

‘Girls Make Better Ninjas’, a FREE feminism panel at the Philly Asian American Film Festival!

Must RSVP in advance to michelle@yellowrage.com

SATURDAY, November 21st

Asian Art Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 

12pm – 2pm!

ENTRY FEE: FREE!

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Girls Make Better Ninjas
(Or I Can’t Be Angry, I’m Asian): An Exploratory Workshop on AAPI Feminism | Asian Arts Initiative

In this workshop participants will be invited to engage in an open discussion about the viability of an AAPI feminist space. From the opening discussion, participants will be asked to determine a working definition of AAPI feminism and identify the needs that it would address, including intersectional issues that further complicate gender equality and access (race, culture, economics/class, education, language, intergenerational issues, sexual identity, media, etc). Through small group activities and large group discussion (modeled after the World Café), participants will begin the process of claiming space for an active approach to AAPI feminism. Group members will also propose ways to promote the continued development of an AAPI feminist space. The session will end with workshop time given to claiming voice through writing and sharing. All of the participants will be asked to consider how writing and sharing stories can initiate a sense of groundedness, healing, and empowerment.

Session Outcomes

1) Participants will engage in constructive dialogue about AAPI feminism and work collaboratively to plan ways to create a viable and ongoing space for its development.

2) Participants will be introduced to spoken word poetry and storytelling as forms of expression that have the potential to heal, empower, and connect people.

3) Participants will be empowered and inspired by each other’s stories and experiences and will consider how to claim their own voices in a form that will foster their own sense of empowerment

4) Participants will be encouraged to be active facilitators of AAPI feminism in their communities, on their campuses, and across organizations.
The workshop is open to people of all genders and racial/ethnic backgrounds, but it is geared towards AAPI women and trans-women.

Moderated by:
Dr. Michelle Myers
Spoken Word Artist, Yellow Rage

Dr. Michelle Myers is a spoken word poet, community activist, and educator. She is a founding member of the Asian American female spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, best known for appearing on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. As a solo artist, Michelle is dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building positive relationships across communities. Michelle was the recipient of a 2014 Transformation Award by the Leeway Foundation for her racial justice and community-building work through her spoken word poetry. She also received an Honorable Mention for a 2015 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship by The Loft Literary Center for a project focusing on mixed race identity. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and Reading/Writing Specialist in the Learning Lab/Student Academic Computer Center Department at Community College of Philadelphia as well as the faculty advisor of the Spoken Word Poetry Club; the club was presented with a 2015 Spotlight Award and was nominated for Club of the Year.

Thanks to our Community Partners WOMEN’S WAY and Leeway Foundation