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Edge of the World 2009 @ Asian Arts Initiative May 14, 2009

√ Become aware of racism in the media
√ Protest against racism in the media
__ Support anti-racist media

On May 29/30 (your choice), check off this last crucial item!


Asian Arts Initiative presents

A roller coaster of Asian American experience!

Friday & Saturday, May 29 – 30, 2009
7:30 p.m.

From the diverse and intersecting worlds of spoken word, comedy, writing and performance, a cast from East and West coasts collaborate to create a night of “speed plays” inspired by a range of intensely personal stories and global social conditions. All the plays are short – from a few seconds to as many as 5 minutes. So don’t sit back for long, but do enjoy the ride!

Featuring Regie Cabico, John Castro, Makoto Hirano, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Dan Kim, Michelle Myers, Gary San Angel, Anula Shetty, Ryan Suda, F. Omar Telan, Greg Watanabe, Kristina Wong, and other possible surprises.

Warning: the show may include strong language and sensitive content not intended for anyone who is faint of heart! Viewer discretion is advised!


$15 general admission, $12 students

Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia

More info:  Asian Arts Initiative: (215)557-0455 or

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taiko high! March 4, 2009

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Update: KyoDaiko has opened up registration for an introductory taiko drumming class!  Classes will start on April 29 and take place every Wednesday night at 6:15-7:30 PM at the Asian Arts Initiative.  For the application form, contact Matt Palmer (

Aside from the occasional hours-long splurge (more frequent since I have returned home), I avoid television because I generally detest commercials. But I have to admit that quite a few ads have stuck with me over the years, including this one:

The commercial above features TAIKOPROJECT, whose company I had the pleasure of enjoying for 2 hours last night.  No, I did not attend a performance – their concert won’t take place until Friday night at the Annenberg Center in West Philly (ticket info here).  I instead had the privilege of attending their hands-on drumming workshop. (more…)