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A day-long festival celebrating Asian American literature, Asian American writers, and community. Free to the public. May 7, 2011.

About this Project

At one point during the 2010 edition of “8: A Symposium,” novelist Karen Tei Yamashita invited fellow speaker Peter Bacho to the stage. The event marked only the second time she’d read publicly from her novel I-Hotel, a book that would go on to become a National Book Award Finalist, so it was a great treat for all of us in the audience to begin with. Then the invitation: Karen asked Peter to read a portion of her novel in the voice of one of the old manongs, in Ilocano dialect, to bring to life the powerful story of a Filipino bachelor facing eviction from San Francisco’s International Hotel. And he did, slowly and reverently.

It was a breathtaking, pulse-raising moment, the kind of collaborative exchange only possible with live performance. It wasn’t rehearsed or even planned, but it was in keeping with the event’s tacit design: put a group of wonderful artists together and wonderful things will happen.

We’re committed to bringing this kind of experience to the public every year, and this spring we’re working with a variety of community organizations to bring our festival free to Los Angeles area audiences. “8+1: A Symposium” will be held at the Japanese American National Museum on May 7th, and our featured readers will include Joy Kogawa, R. Zamora Linmark, Rishi Reddi, Kip Fulbeck, Reese Okyong Kwon, Hiromi Itō and translator Jeffrey Angles, Ray Hsu, Viet Nguyen, and Brian Ascalon Roley. Please help us make sure this event happens.

Because we don't expect Kickstarter to fully fund the event, we've set the goal at $4,000 to cover the majority of the costs of travel and accommodations for our writers. Any amount superseding the goal will go to the other costs necessary for keeping this event free and open to the public. By donating the cost of just one day's worth of coffee, you could be in the company of sponsoring organizations like USC’s Asian American Studies Progarm, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, UC-Irvine's International Center for Writing and Translation, Giant Robot, Hyphen Magazine, Poets & Writers, and Coffee House Press. (You don't even really have to give up coffee; you could just go with a smaller size, or one less fancy!) Please consider donating what you can; a celebration for the community is built upon a collective generosity from the community. Hope to see you in LA!

Why Pledge

-Great Writers: The featured writers are award-winning and hail from a range of backgrounds, from across the U.S. and Canada, illustrating the wonderful complexity of the Asian American literary landscape. One is a long-established legend, another a promising new talent. One splits time between Japan and Escondido, another between Manila and Honolulu. One chronicles early Sikhs in California, another multiracial America.

-Community: “8 + 1” is a collaborative effort by a range of organizations and university programs, many of them local. It aims to bring together diverse arts, cultural, and academic communities.

-Celebrate the Arts: “8 + 1” offers an all-important moment of artistic self-representation to a historically under-represented group of communities. A pledge is a vote of confidence for Asian American arts.

-Cool Rewards: We’ve got some great stuff, and we’re excited to share it. Our rewards too are celebrations of Asian American arts!

-Tax Exemption:  AALR was just granted 501(c)(3) status, so your generous pledges will be tax-deductible!

For more info

http://www.aalrmag.org/symposium/

http://www.janm.org/events/2011/05/

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    your name/link on Symposium program.

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    commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    Gift-pack of 3 collector's item issues of Hyphen Magazine. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    pair of tickets to the Hyphen Magazine issue release party, held on May 6 in LA. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    1-year subscription to Hyphen Magazine. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    copy of AALR winter/spring 2011 issue, featuring new work by Joy Kogawa and an interview with Chang-rae Lee. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    copy of *Unfinished Message: Selected Works of Toshio Mori*, autographed by editor Patricia Wakida. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    copy of R. Zamora Linmark's *Rolling the R's*, autographed personally to you. plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    1-year subscription to AALR (2 issues). plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    copy of one of the featured writer's books personally autographed to you (Joy Kogawa’s *Obasan*, R.Zamora Linmark’s *Leche*, Kip Fulbeck’s *Mixed*, Brian Ascalon Roley’s *American Son*, Ray Hsu’s *Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon*, Rishi Reddi’s *Karma*, or Hiromi Itō’s *Killing Kanoko*). plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    copy of the documentary film *Vincent Who?*, which Angry Asian Man calls “required viewing," autographed by producer Curtis Chin. plus commemorative poster and your name/link in Symposium program.

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    copy of the award-winning documentary film *A Village Called Versailles*, about Vietnamese American community of Versailles, New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina. Autographed by director Leo Chiang. Plus commemorative event poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    2 autographed copies of featured writers’ books (Joy Kogawa’s *Obasan*, R.Zamora Linmark’s *Leche*, Kip Fulbeck’s *Mixed*, Brian Ascalon Roley’s *American Son*, Ray Hsu’s *Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon*, Rishi Reddi’s *Karma*, or Hiromi Itō’s *Killing Kanoko*). plus commemorative poster and your name/link on Symposium program.

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    2-year subscription to AALR. plus commemorative poster and your name/link in Symposium program.

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    Limited edition original artwork: have one of the writers mail an original postcard to you straight from the Symposium! Each participant will write and autograph one postcard to a lucky donor on the day of the event. plus commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    copy of script for TNT’s *The Closer*, sixth season, season finale, signed by Indian American producer & director Sheelin Choksey. Plus 1-year subscription to AALR, commemorative event poster, and your name/link on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on the AALR website.

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    2-year subscription to AALR and two of featured writers’ autographed books; recognition at event in opening and closing comments; and VIP front-row reserved seats for 2. plus commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium Program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    indulge your inner Tiger Mom! Have AALR staff member, a 10-year SAT prep instructor and college advisor who has helped place students at Ivy League and other top universities across the country, give your teenager a topflight session of SAT tutoring, 1.5 hrs total instruction. plus 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    indulge your inner Tiger Mom! Have AALR staff member, a 10-year SAT prep instructor who has helped place students at Ivy League and other top universities across the country, give your teenager college application essay help, 2 hrs total instruction. plus 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    in-person consultation with Sunyoung Lee, founding publisher/editor of Kaya Press, *the* groundbreaking publisher of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian diasporic literature. plus signed copy of R. Zamora Linmark's *Rolling the R's*, a 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster, and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    private tour of the Japanese American National Museum with Patricia Wakida, JANM associate curator of history. plus 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    AALR editor-in-chief reads and comments on your work of short prose or folio of poems. plus 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    AALR editor-in-chief reads and comments on your full-length manuscript. plus 2-year subscription to AALR, recognition at event in opening and closing comments, VIP front-row reserved seats for two, commemorative event poster and your name on Symposium program, in upcoming issue of AALR, and on AALR website.

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    really indulge your inner Tiger Mom! Have AALR staff member, a 10-year SAT prep instructor and college advisor who has helped place students at Ivy League and other top universities across the country, give your teenager 2 topflight sessions of SAT tutoring, 3 hrs total instruction, plus college application essay help, 2 hrs instruction. plus all $250 rewards.

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    invitation to private dinner with visiting writers on evening of Symposium. plus all $250 rewards.

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