Conference Tours

Tour and Teach in at the San Francisco “Comfort Women” Memorial Site
Co-Sponsor: Comfort Women Justice Coalition
Program and lunch to follow at Far East Cafe
Thursday, March 29, 2018
St. Mary’s Square
651 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Cost: $15.00
Capacity: 30
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The San Francisco “comfort women” memorial is dedicated to the memory of the hundred thousands of women Japan sexually enslaved during WWII and to eradicating sexual violence and sex trafficking throughout the world. Come and join activists, educators and other AAAS members as we tour the site and understand the movement towards it development. Participants will tour the site at St Mary’s Square and will have a picnic lunch at the site. Educators will also hare lesson plans on how to incorporate “comfort women” in the study and teaching of the Asian American experience. They will meet the pan Asian American coalition involved in this movement to remember “comfort women” including Judge Lillian Sing, Judge Julie Tang, Former Supervisor and SFSU AAS professor Eric Mar, Historian Tomomi Kinikuwa, and Activist Miho Kim. Local educator activists including Founder & Executive Director, Bataan Legacy Historical Society Cecilia Gaerlan; Executive Director, Education for Social Justice Foundation, Sung Sohn; and Kei Fischer, Chabot College Professor & Asian Women United will share lesson plans.

Movement Building: A Dialogue with Asian American Scholars, Artists and Activists
Thursday, March 29, 2018
6-8 PM
Jones Bar and Restaurant
620 Jones St, San Francisco 94102
Cost: $20
No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Capacity: 30
Deadline to register Feb. 23, 2018
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A social gathering of Asian American scholars, activists, artists and scholar-activists to exchange ideas on grassroots solidarities beyond allyship on themes such as fighting against anti-Blackness and forging Asian American political identity that rejects genocidal violence including white supremacy patriarchy, settler colonialism and wars of aggression. US war and imperialism have deeply shaped the lives and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and in fact, for all Americans and peoples around the world. Join us in the movement building work of dialogue where we will grapple with the question of what we as APIs can contribute to the project of collective liberation. Designed as an event to facilitate conversations with libations among those committed to movement-building, this off-site, after hours event will honor the creative, the political and unlocking the potential of Asian American solidarities.

AAAS Fundraiser: Karaoke with Ku & Yu — and special guest Valerie Soe
Friday, March 30, 2018
9:00pm – 12:00am
Pandora Karaoke & Bar
177 Eddy St. SF (5 blocks from conference hotel)
Cost: $25 per person, excluding drinks
Capacity: 55
Deadline to register Feb. 23, 2018
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Whether you are a karaoke pro (or noraebang champion) and have your #18 song ready to go or a karaoke novice who has only dared to sing alone in the shower, this is your chance to enjoy singing with three karaoke aficionados,Robert Ku (SUNY Binghamton), Timothy Yu (U Wisconsin-Madison), and Valerie Soe (SF State University). Come and enjoy a fun-filled evening of singing songs, downing drinks, and Asian American amiability. Bring your inner Queen Bey or flash back to an 80s classic like Flashdance’s “What a Feeling.” If you have ever wanted to experience karaoke but been afraid, this is your chance to do your best Bruno Mars (or perhaps Freddie Aguilar) impression. You can even try to best Tim’s version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or singalong with Robert of your favorite middle-aged Korean dude tunes like “Soju hanjan” and “Soesi.” Come karaoke with Ku and Yu like it’s “1999” and “Don’t Stop Believin.” Remember, a true karaoke experience is not about how well you carry a tune; it’s about (re)uniting and feeling so good!

Place: Pandora Karaoke & Bar, 177 Eddy St. SF (5 blocks from conference hotel)
Time: Friday, March 30, 9:00-12:00am (come anytime and stay until midnight or leave early–up to you)
Cost: $25 pp, excluding drinks — people can start their own bar tab. Food not on premises but Pandora lets patrons bring their own food, as long as they clean up after themselves (they prefer no messes)

All proceeds to benefit AAAS–please consider coming and supporting the organization that we all love–and you get to sing too!

Exploring AAPI LGBTQ History: A Guided Tour of GLBT Museum with Amy Sueyoshi
Saturday, March 31, 2018
3:00-5:00 PM
4127 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Cost: $10
Deadline to register Feb. 23, 2018
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Join us for a guided tour of the GLBT Museum in the heart of the Castro and explore the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the gay rights movement and LGBTQ culture and experience. This tour will be guided by Amy Sueyoshi (San Francisco State University and 2017 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal) and supplemented with a discussion on health issues facing the AAPI LGBTQ community by a representative of Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Following the tour, participants will be able to experience all the museum’s exhibits as well as the Castro neighborhood at their leisure.

Capacity: 25
Cost: $10 (All proceeds will benefit AAAS and the GLBT Museum)

OUTSIDE TOURS (tickets for these events much be purchased through the individual hosting organization and cannot be purchased through AAAS)

Chinese Progressive Association: A San Francisco Chinatown Tour — A Movement History through the Eyes of Chinese Progressive Association

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
1042 Grant Avenue 5F
San Francisco, CA 94133

$15 for Students
$20-$50 Sliding Scale General Admission

The Chinese Progressive Association was founded in 1972 by Chinatown elders, youth, and Asian American students to “work for the betterment of the Chinese community, to support other national minorities in the U.S. and all progressive people of the world, to struggle for equality and freedom.” Throughout CPA’s 45 year history, we have harnessed the energy of community volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to provide necessary services such as worker, tenant and immigrant rights and legal counseling; English and citizenship classes; art and culture work; and community social and political events in community spaces and in Portsmouth Square. From the beginning, we stood strong despite the uphill battles our communities faced on a day-to- day basis, and have secured meaningful victories that have uplift San Francisco and beyond. Come join us on this engaging 1.5-hour interactive walking tour. You’ll visit original sites and be a part of inspiring stories on wage theft victories, tenants organizing, and Black Lives Matter and multiracial solidarity.

Filipino America in San Francisco: A tour of Filipino/a geography, history and current landscapes including the new cultural heritage district SOMA Pilipinas, the historic International Hotel and the last working-class neighborhood with the highest concentration of Filipinos in SF, the Excelsior District. If you’re interested in this tour, contact Glenn Aquino at or  415.823.8547.

Angel Island Immigration Station Tour

Berkeley South Asian Walking Tour

Chinatown Alleyways Tours does youth led tours talking about growing up and living in Chinatown (CCDC).