Conference Tours

Tour 1: Asian Americans: A Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking
Thursday, April 9, 6-7:30 PM

  • Location: Apple Carnegie Library (801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • CAP: 100

  • EventBrite: Elevating Asian American Documentary Film

  • Description: Join us for a discussion with the filmmakers of this new five-part documentary series, which “examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.” Asian Americans debuts on PBS in May 2020. Please meet at Location.

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, amplified sound, access copies, ASL interpretation available. Lights not dimmable, and space is not scent-free.

Tour 2: Literaoke/Karaoke
Thursday, April 9, 8-11 PM

  • Location: Eaton DC (1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, walkable from the conference hotel), second floor Beverly Snow Ballroom.

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • CAP: 300

  • EventBrite: Literaoke

  • Description: Literaoke is a mash-up of literary reading and karaoke, with performers reading a poem or short prose passage and then singing a verse of a favorite song. Featuring a TBD lineup of 12 Asian American poets, writers, and scholars, and flowing for the second half of the program into more traditional Karaoke. Cash bar available throughout. Please meet at Location.

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, amplified sound, access copies, lights dimmable upon request. Ballroom space is scent-free, but front lobby of the hotel burns sage and palo santo throughout the day. No ASL interpretation available.

 

Tour 3: Chinatown in Chocolate City: The Past and Future of a Changing Neighborhood, a walking tour with film screening and community conversation
Friday, April 10, 11:45 am-1:45 pm

  • Location: Renaissance Hotel (999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001), Meeting Room 11, then throughout DC Chinatown.

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • CAP: 30

  • EventBrite: Chinatown in Chocolate City

  • Description: Once a vibrant Chinese immigrant neighborhood, Washington, DC’s Chinatown is today a bustling business and entertainment district with only about 300 remaining Chinese American residents. While Chinatown first formed in the late 19th century on Pennsylvania Avenue within view of the Capitol Building, it was displaced for the construction of federal and municipal buildings around 1930. After relocating to near 7th and H Streets NW, a new Chinatown grew, but faced continued challenges from major development projects in the decades that followed. In conjunction with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s “A Right to the City” exhibition, join us for a short documentary film screening, followed by a discussion with Chinatown community members, and an hour-long walking tour of the neighborhood, led by Smithsonian curator Samir Meghelli. Please meet in Meeting Room 11 of Conference hotel.

  • Accessibility: Film screening room is wheelchair accessible and has amplified sound. No access copies. Renaissance hotel meeting room and lobby are not scent-free. Walking tour route will have amplified sound but may not have wheelchair accessibility throughout, and may not be scent-free. No ASL interpretation available.

Tour 4: Asian American Literature Today: Monique Truong + Rick Barot
Friday, April 10, 7-9 PM

  • Location: Eaton DC (1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, walkable from the conference hotel), second floor Beverly Snow Ballroom.

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • CAP: 200

  • EventBrite: Asian American Literature Today

  • Description: A literary reading featuring two of our most celebrated Asian American writers, novelist Monique Truong and poet Rick Barot, each plumbing global “prehistories” of Asian American migration. Monique Truong’s new book The Sweetest Fruits traces the life, and displaces the centrality, of Lafcadio Hearn through accounts by women whose lives he touched in his global travels. Rick Barot’s new book The Galleons holds up unearthed histories of the Manila Galleon trade to re-understand the lasting psychic wake of imperialism. Moderated by Jason Oliver Chang, Director of the University of Connecticut Institute for Asian and Asian American Studies. Please meet at Location.

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, amplified sound, access copies, lights dimmable upon request. Ballroom space is scent-free, but front lobby of the hotel burns sage and palo santo throughout the day. No ASL interpretation available.

 

Tour 5: Ruby Ibarra Concert
Saturday, April 11, 9 PM-midnight

  • Location: Eaton DC (1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, walkable from the conference hotel), second floor Beverly Snow Ballroom.

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • CAP: 400

  • EventBrite: Ruby Ibarra
  • Description: The San Francisco-based rapper/producer/activist performs with DC-based DJ Les Talusan.
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, amplified sound. Ballroom space is scent-free, but front lobby of the hotel burns sage and palo santo throughout the day. No ASL interpretation available.

 

Tour 6: Good Grief, an exhibition
Available through the conference

  • Location: Eaton DC (1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, walkable from the conference hotel), room TBD.

  • Ticket price: FREE

  • Description: An interactive exhibition that invites our communities to share and reflect on personal and collective grief. Participants are invited to experience a suite of original works by artists interpreting grief from various perspectives–a poem by Khaty Xiong which recalls walking through a botanical garden and encountering the ghost of her mother; a musical composition by kwonyin which seeks catharsis by investigating ancestral trauma that sits in our bodies; a group meditation by Nico Cary which candidly reflects on environmental crisis in order to transform grief into proaction; a reading and writing lounge curated by Kat Chow which demonstrates how grieving shared by others can steward our own emotional maturations.

  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, amplified sound. Exhibition space is scent-free, but front lobby of the hotel burns sage and palo santo throughout the day. No ASL interpretation available.