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Here’s your monthly dose of BIPOC makers, radical thinkers, and resources featuring recommendations by Cultural Work Coordinator, Roshani Thakore to help you heal and stay inspired. If you would like to include an item to a future Cultural Work Roundup, email Roshani at roshani@apano.org by the 20th of that month.

PRACTICE

  • NOTHINGBEING, A Virtual Symposium – Based on the philosophical and creative research for the upcoming live performance NOTHINGBEING, this two-hour symposium features the performance’s primary collaborators, David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead, Samita Sinha and Takahiro Yamamoto. After a short introduction by Yamamoto, there will be three recorded performance presentations: Thomson’s current and ongoing practice, an excerpt from Whitehead’s current project “FORCE! An opera in three acts,” and Yamamoto’s new collaborative project with filmmaker Roland Dahwen. The symposium will conclude with a live roundtable conversation with all the collaborators about the core questions and  process of making this project. A Q&A with the public follows and live captions will be available. This program is free with registration. Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm. Register here.
  • Moving Through Religious Trauma as Asian Americans – This is an 8-week workshop that will be focused on defining and exploring religious trauma, and the intersection of this experience with Asian American identity. Each week, we will open by engaging in somatic practices with the goal of reconnecting to and grounding in our bodies and nervous systems. This will be followed by the introduction and group discussion of a topic. Each meeting will then close with a brief meditation. The workshop will be focused on religious trauma specifically within the framework of the Evangelical Christian experience. Wednesdays, 4 – 5:15 pm beginning April 6. Online, $600 for eight meetings ($75 per meeting), limited sliding scale spots available. More information here.

  • Asian Cultural Festival – Come to the first Asian Cultural Festival in Lake Oswego! On April 16th, we will open the doors of Lake Oswego High School to the public, sharing Asian culture through performances, food samples, activities booths, local vendors, cultural exhibits, and much more! Hosted by the Lake Oswego High School Asian American Student Union. Saturday, April 16, 12 – 5 pm. Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, 97034.
  • Cultures of Care – Come celebrate the launch of the Othering & Belonging Institute’s new project Cultures of Care, featuring a panel of care practitioners. The multimedia website (which will go live April 4th) celebrates practices of collective care that create belonging in the context of othering. Monday, April 4, 11 – 12:15 pm, online. Register here.

WATCH

  • Black Film Archive – Black Film Archive is a resource and a living register of Black films from 1915 to 1979. Created by Maya S. Cade, every word on Black Film Archive is thoroughly researched and lovingly written by her. Currently they are showing films honoring Black women and the work of Sidney Poitier.
  • Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore – Ruth Wilson Gilmore is professor of Geography and American Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. In this 17-minute film, Gilmore speaks on how capitalism requires inequality and that racism enshrines it.

LISTEN

  • Ear Hustle: Is Your Name Alfredo? – Six massive murals span hundreds of feet across the walls of a San Quentin chow hall, depicting the history of California in epic scale and detail. Residents of San Quentin eat their meals surrounded by this artwork, and thousands of people see it every year. The murals have inspired countless myths and mysteries, but for a long time, little was known about the artist who painted them. In this episode, we go in search of Alfredo Santos. Part of Ear Hustle, a podcast that brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
  • All My Relations: Black Native History with Dr. Tiya Miles – Back in 2020, after the murder of George Floyd and during the Black Lives Matter uprisings that followed, All My Relations started a journey to support the Black community and Afro Indigenous relatives through having conversations on police brutality, anti-blackness, Indian Country’s connection to chattel slavery, and Afro-Indigenous history.

READ

  • Notes from the Glass House: For Kalief – Curator, Activist, TEDx Speaker, and co-founder and Co-Director of Project for Empty Space, Jasmine Wahi reflects on how American institutions fail the public.
  • Taking Equitable Development to the Next Level – A case study of Richmond, California which passed a city-wide Community Benefits policy. “Moving towards an economy where all belong means structuring local investment and development so that it reverses disinvestment without catalyzing displacement. Equitable development policies like Richmond’s are a step toward setting the rules so that the benefits of investment are widely enjoyed and meet the needs of communities who have historically been the most often left out or harmed by development.”
  • Respect Hawaii’s Sacred Land – To the average American, Hawaii elicits a fantasy. Palm trees swaying in the light wind. Hot white sands reflect a radiant sun and kiss a crystal clear ocean. Hula dancers wait at the doorsteps to a hotel overlooking the vast Pacific. But this fantasy is just that, and to many Native Hawaiians, their reality is quite the opposite. This continued exploitation of Hawaiian lands and culture to visitors, many of whom fail to appreciate its deep culture and culture, contributes to the systemic colonization of the Hawaiian islands. From Anti-Racism Daily.

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