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June 22, 2012

Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance Events in Detroit, June 23-24, 2012

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I am honored to be invited to perform a poem at the gravesite of Vincent Chin, during the 30th Year Remembrance, this Saturday, June 23, 2012. See below for the Detroit-area commemorations happening this weekend. Hope to see you, and if not, I hope you are doing your own part to remember Vincent Chin; help stop hate crimes and anti-Asian violence. Rest in Peace, Vincent Chin (May 18, 1955 – June 23, 1982).

Vincent Chin:

30th Year Remembrance

Saturday, June 23, 2012

10AM-2:30PM Panels and Nationwide Townhall, Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights, MI

3PM Visit to Gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Featuring Poet Emily P. Lawsin. 

Organized by American Citizens for Justice and Association of Chinese Americans

Followed by a Tour of Asian American historical sites, lead by Detroit Asian Youth Project

Vincent Chin gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo © by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Legacy of Vincent Chin – Commemoration and Action in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown 

Detroit Chinatown Mural, 425 Peterboro St (and Cass), Detroit, Michigan. Designed in 2003 by Tony Osumi, Soh Suzuki, and Scott Kurashige, with youth and community members from the Detroit Chinatown Revitalization Workgroup (Detroit Asian Youth Project) and Detroit Summer. Photo by Soh Suzuki.

3PM – 7PM BBQ, plant flowers, and help restore the mural on Peterboro Street and Cass, in Detroit

Sponsored by Detroit Asian Youth Project and Detroit Summer

Click here for the Sunday event info on Facebook.

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To learn more about Vincent Chin, see Helen Zia’s book Asian American Dreams. In  2002, Amerasia Journal 23:3 published reports from Detroit’s 20th Year Remembrance, including a piece “Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin”, by Scott Kurashige.

For films, see the Academy-Award-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin”, by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña:http://www.pbs.org/pov/whokilledvincentchin/

and the recent film “Vincent Who?” by Curtis Chinhttp://vincentwhomovie.com/

Yesterday, The Detroit News published a pretty good article, “30 years later, Vincent Chin’s family awaits justice in fatal beating”, by Shawn D. Lewis:  http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120621/METRO/206210385#ixzz1yVGcYPNG.
For a roundup of recent articles and a list of Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance events nationwide, see: http://www.apaforprogress.org/vc30

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September 16, 2011

Saturday 9/17: 1st Annual Blair’s Crowded House

 I am honored to be performing at this. Come out and support if you can. Still missing you, Blair.

 1st Annual Blair’s Crowded House

 Saturday, September 17, 2011

 7PM to 2 AM

@ Tangent Gallery / Hastings St. Ballroom

715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit, MI

Admission: Sliding Scale Donation ($5 to $50)

In honor of Blairs legendary Crowded House events, friends and family are launching an annual Blair’s Crowded House, on the weekend of what would have been his 44th birthday.  Featuring videos of Blair, a photo exhibit, a time for writing remembrances, and 40 Performers, including Emily P. Lawsin, The Boyfriends, Alison Lewis, Monica Blaire, Jamaal Versiz May, Airea Dee Matthews, Khary Kimani Turner, Mike E, and Invincible.  Proceeds go towards the David Blair Memorial Fund to help Detroit artists in times of crisis; donate online here: www.dblair.org 

Find us on Facebook, HERE.

To read my poems on Blair, click HERE.

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September 23, 2008

P.S. YES, PODCAST! of East Meets Words Show

PODCAST: Emily Lawsin at East Meets Words

MINAMAHAL / MUCH LOVE to Eugene Shih of Boston Progress Radio (www.bprlive.org) for posting an edited podcast (audio recording) of my Sept 12th East Meets Words show. Click http://www.bprlive.org/2008/09/23/recap-emily-lawsin-graces-east-meets-words/  to listen and enjoy. 

It includes my most-requested spoken word performance poems:

  1.  “My Pinay Nanay”  
  2. “Notes from a University Writing Group (Or, From the Woman Who Told Me To Write White)”
  3. “Detroit’s Pinay Voices”
  4. “No More Moments of Silence (In Memory of Joseph Ileto & Chon Buri Xiong)”
  5. “Maré is a Diva, di ba?” 
Here are more photos (below) to go along with the audio too. 
Please write a comment below or on the bprlive.org site and tell us what you think.
Maraming Salamat po sa inyong lahat / Many Thanks, ya’ll.
Peace.
See my previous post for a full re-cap of the East Meets Words show
and the P.S. Love Letter for Invincible & Detroit Summer

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