Larry Hama, Natalie Kim, Robin Ha, and Adam WarRock join Jeff Yang, Keith Chow, and Jerry Ma for a panel at Rutgers University on April 15th at 8:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center as part of Geek Week!
Four years ago, “Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology,” the ground-breaking graphic novel collection of original stories of Asian Americans told through the narrative of heroes and villains, was launched right here at Rutgers.
On the heels of releasing their second anthology, “Secret Identities, Volume 2: Shattered”, SI comes back to Rutgers. Joining SI editors Jeff Yang, Keith Chow, and Jerry Ma will be nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock, Marvel Comics and SI artist Robin Ha, co-host of InkedTV and creator of the web series Super Twins Natalie Kim, and writer, artist, editor, and creator of the GI Joe mythology Larry Hama!
Join the panel for an in-depth multimedia presentation on Asian American identity, comics, and more. The panelists will need audience assistance to create an original hero and villain on stage. Don’t miss out!
For more information, visit the Secret Identities website.
Free admission. RSVP on Facebook!
In 1914, Sessue Hayakawa became the first Asian American actor to break through on the silver screen, appearing in movie pioneer Thomas Ince’s silent classic The Typhoon, and launching a career as one of the most popular and well-paid stars in the nascent Hollywood industry, albeit in roles that consistently depicted him as villainous, violent and manipulative. As he put it himself, “I want to be shown as I really am, and not as fiction paints me….My one ambition is to play a hero.”
Ninety-nine years later, Asians and Asian Americans have a much greater presence in U.S. popular culture — but they are often represented in ways that Hayakawa would recognize and lament: Silent thugs. Sexless nerds. Predatory temptresses, calculating conspirators and impossibly strange foreigners.
Organized by Jeff Yang, Wall Street Journal Online columnist and editor-in-chief of the new graphic novel anthology SHATTERED, which uses the medium of the comics to explore and explode unyielding stereotypes of Asians in pop culture, BEYOND THE BAD AND THE UGLY gathers together some of the brightest and most interesting Asian American creators, and critics, activists and academics in a unique one-day summit that begins by looking back at the heritage of Asian images in American media and society, and ends by looking ahead — discussing new ways to prevent distortions and present more vivid, humanized, three-dimensional portraits of Asians and Asian Americans to a wider and more accepting audience.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
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9:00AM-9:30AM: Registration (Continues throughout the day)
9:30AM-10AM: Brief Welcome by Dr. Greg Kimura, President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum; Jeff Yang
10AM-11AM: Opening Plenary: Is This Stereotype Really Necessary?
Keith Chow (Moderator), editor at large, Shattered
Parvesh Cheena, actor, NBC’s Outsourced
Beau Sia, poet and author, The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time
Andrew Ti, blogger, Yo is this Racist?
Jen Wang, blogger, Disgrasian
Gene Yang, graphic novelist, American Born Chinese and Level Up
11AM-12PM: Keynote Conversation: Orientations
Professor Jack Tchen (Moderator), author, New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882
Jack Shaheen, author, Reel Bad Arabs; former CBS News Middle East consultant and Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
William F. Wu, author, The Yellow Peril: Chinese-Americans in American Fiction, 1850-1940
12PM-1PM: Keynote Conversations: Sextypes
Jeff Yang (Moderator), columnist, Wall Street Journal Online, editor-in-chief, Shattered
Helie Lee, director, Macho Like Me, documentary on six months as a man
Keni Styles, adult film star
1PM-2PM: Lunch Break
2PM-3PM: Breakouts A: “What We Teach and Show”
Taming Tigers: Getting Beyond Stereotypes in Parenting and Education
Daren Mooko (Moderator), associate dean of students, Pomona College
Julie Kang, blogger, Geisha School Dropout
Cynthia Liu, co-founder, K-12 News Network
Koji Steven Sakai, blogger, 8Asians; writer, Chink
Jason Sperber, cofounder, Rice Daddies
Paula Yoo, author, Good Enough; producer, Eureka
Screen Adjustments: Getting Beyond Stereotypes in Media
Jocelyn Wang (Moderator), blogger, 8Asians
Stephen Dypiangco, National Film Society
Patrick Epino, National Film Society
Brian Hu, artistic director, Pacific Arts Movement (organizers of the San Diego Asian American Film Festival)
Jerry Ma, art director, Shattered
Jude Narita, theater artist and activist, From the Heart
Steve Nguyen, Channel APA
3PM-4PM: Breakouts B: What We Do and Say
Move This: Campaigns That Work
Lisa Lee (Moderator), blogger, Thick Dumpling Skin; diversity program manager, Facebook
18 Million Rising (Jenn Pae/Cynthia Brothers)
Eileen Chow, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University
Generations of War (Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, founder, Tuesday Night Café)
Racebending (Michael Le)
The Politics of Perception
Ling Woo Liu (Moderator), executive director of the Fred Korematsu Institute
Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Tanzila Ahmed, voter engagement manager at Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Jay Chen, Hacienda Heights school board member, congressional candidate
4PM-5PM: Special Panel A: When is it Okay to Laugh? Ethnic Humor that Works
Jenny Yang (Moderator), comedian, organizer, DIS/ORIENT/ED comedy tour
Kiran Deol, director and comedian
Andrew Fung, The Fung Brothers
David Fung, The Fung Brothers
Joe Luu, comedian
Greg Watanabe, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Special Panel B: Man Bites Dog: How Stereotypes Shape the News
Richard Lui (Moderator), anchor, MSNBC
Leslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and Emerging Communities reporter, Southern California Public Radio
Mei Fong, Pulitzer Prize winning former reporter, Wall Street Journal
Wendy Lee, Business Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
Andrew Lih, associate professor, USC Annenberg School of Communications
Co-presented with Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles
5PM-6PM: Closing Plenary: Changing the Game
Oliver Wang (Moderator), cultural critic, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CSU-Long Beach
Christopher Chen, producer, Linsanity
Jay Caspian Kang, editor, Grantland; author, The Dead Do Not Improve
Ted Kim, EVP, CJ Entertainment America
Deepa Jeeva, head of production, YOMYOMF Network
Mike Le, creator and executive producer, K-Town
Benson Lee, director, Planet B-Boy and Battle of the Year: Dream Team
Parry Shen, actor, Better Luck Tomorrow; managing editor, Shattered
6PM-6:30PM: “All In” Closing/Roundtable
6PM to Closing: Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology Reception (Open to all attendees and others by invitation)
Editors Jeff Yang and Keith Chow with illustrator Jamie Noguchi and featured comedian Elahe Izadi appear on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 PM.
Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Ming Doyle, Tak Toyoshima, Chi-Yun Lau, and Keith Chow sign on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6:00pm.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA
(Follow this link to RSVP at BCNC’s Facebook account.)
Come and meet: Keith Chow (editor) and Tak Toyoshima, Ming Doyle, and Chi-Yun Lau (artists)
As an undergraduate at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Keith Chow founded the still-thriving Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU) and was named Multicultural Student Services’ Innovator of the Year in 2000. College was also the first time Keith’s knowledge of comics paid off when his poem A Lonely Night in Gotham City earned the school’s Sigma Tau Delta prize for poetry in 1996. His poetry has also appeared in the Asian Pacific American Journal and the Powhatan Review.
Tak Toyoshima is the creative director at the post-alternative newsweekly Boston’s Weekly Dig. He is the creator of the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Secret Asian Man.” Learn more at SecretAsianMan.com.
Ming Doyle is a local professional artist who earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2007 with a dual concentration in painting and drawing. Visit her at MingDoyle.com.
Chi-Yun Lau has been featured in national and local publications and has received awards for his illustrations from both Communication Arts and Applied Arts magazines. Currently, he works for Cambridge Interactive Development Corp. producing graphics and animation and designing online games. Find out more at Chi-Yun.com.
In preparation for Secret Identities‘ San Diego debut, anthology contributors will be out in full force on both coasts this weekend. First up, Jeff Yang will be joined by Walden Wong, Jimmy J. Aquino, Alexander Shen, Tanuj Chopra and Tiffanie Hwang for a book release party and signing at Giant Robot – San Francisco at 6pm on Thursday, July 16. Then, on Friday, July 17 at 7pm, Yang, Wong and other guests will be at the Salinas Public Library in Salinas, California for a special signing event.
On Saturday, July 18 in Baltimore, Maryland, Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, Alex Tarampi, John Franzese and Larry Hama will be hosted by Geppi’s Entertainment Museum beginning at 12:30pm. The museum presentation will be followed by a special signing event at Ukazoo Books in Towson, Maryland at 6pm that same day. Finally on Sunday, July 19 at 1pm, veteran DC and Marvel artist Greg LaRocque will be joining Hama and the Secret Identities team for a meet & greet and signing event at The Avenue‘s Barnes & Noble in White Marsh, Maryland.
Secret Identities Tour Comes to GEM
What better place than Geppi’s Entertainment Museum for a few secret identities? On July 18, 2009, the pop culture palace and its walk-through timeline of entertainment history plays host to a signing for the new book, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.
The book’s Editor-at-Large Keith Chow will be at GEM and joined by artist Alex Tarampi, SI Art Director Jerry Ma, and legendary writer-artist-editor Larry Hama (G.I. Joe) from noon until 4:00 PM including a presentation, discussion and the signing.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201-2434
Name: Cliff Chiang, Christine Norrie, Jerry Ma, Jeff Castro, and Keith Chow
Date(s): May 23, 2009
Description: Six top Asian American creators including Larry Hama, Cliff Chiang, Christine Norrie, Jerry Ma, Jeff Castro, and Keith Chow sign their groundbreaking anthology Secret Identities. Using the conventions of the superhero comic book, Secret Identities exposes the real face of the Asian American experience, usually hidden behind the mask of misperception and stereotype.
Location: Midtown Comics Times Square, 200 W. 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
Name: Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, Keiko Agena
Date(s): May 30, 2009
Description: SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY PRESENTATION
When: Saturday, May 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90503
What: SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY PRESENTATION
In Secret Identities, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow, Keiko Agena, and Jerry Ma have brought together 66 top Asian American writers, artists, and comics professionals to create 26 original stories centered around Asian American superheroes—stories set in a shadow history of our country, from the opening of the West to the election of the first minority president, and exploring ordinary Asian American life from a decidedly extraordinary perspective. Join us for an afternoon with the editors of Secret Identities. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Jeff Yang, Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), Keith Chow, and Jerry Ma will be at the library to present and sign copies of their anthology!
Location: Torrance Public Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503