We can't believe this is our 4th year doing a Haikus With Hotties calendar.
For those of you following our journey, you know that the series started as a photo + poetry series at the now-unfortunately-defunct Asian American women's magazine Audrey Magazine, where Ada asked Asian American men questions about their hotness through haiku (and they had to respond through haiku.)
It was a silly, tongue-in-cheek way to call out outdated stereotypes of Asian American men, while also highlighting people we admired (not just for their looks) who were doing really interesting things in the media.
And we thought it'd be funny if it was a calendar.
And you know what? It was funny. And not just inside-joke funny to our friends, but funny to media like NBC Asian America, NPR Code Switch, Huffington Post, PRIDE.com, A+J -- and many many more folks we're so grateful have helped us get the word out over the years.
2016 brought us Haikus With Hotties, our first calendar. 2017, we gave you Haikus On Hotties.
2018, fans wrote Haikus For Hotties.
This year, we're going back to the OG. Haikus With Hotties. Questions and answers that investigate the myriad of ways that makes an Asian American man hot in this post-Crazy Rich Asians media landscape.
And don't worry - our ambassadors THE SUDARSOS WILL BE BACK.
One of the most unexpected but meaningful parts of this project is the community of "hotties" we've built over the years. A big, big thank you to former Haiku Hotties Jake Choi (Single Parents on ABC), Simu Liu (CBC's Kim's Convenience, which you can now watch on Netflix) and Mike Bow (Turnt on Facebook Watch ) for joining the Sudarso in our Kickstarter video this year.
It gives us such joy to see how much progress everyone has made each year, and we hope to introduce you to 12 new hotties whose work that you must follow if you aren't following them already.
So please help us make our 2019 calendar. Our goal this year is lower than years past, because we are planning to do a limited print run this year and concentrate on spreading the hotness digitally. But if we make the goal, we'll have stretch goals that will maybe allow us to do more photo shoots, maybe print more copies, and perhaps even host Haikus With Hotties events like last year so you can meet some of these inspirational folks in person.
Ada, Mai, Amanda and Liz
Risks and challenges
This is our 4th year making the calendar so the risks of us burning ourselves or others with the hotness of Asian American men is quite low. That said, always drink lots of water. Some of our fans always talk about being very thirsty.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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