My So-Called Filipino Egyptian Life
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Join us for the Bay Area book launch of "I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir" from artist, journalist, and author Malaka Gharib. The daughter of Filipino and Egyptian parents, Malaka writes a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of family’s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. "I Was Their American Dream" follows Malaka as she navigates her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. "I Was Their American Dream" is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. Malaka will lead an interactive zine-making workshop following the reading.

The Body Papers with Grace Talusan
San Francisco Public Library, Excelsior Branch, San Francisco, CA

Join us as we host Grace Talusan, author of THE BODY PAPERS: A MEMOIR and winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, for a book talk and discussion. Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University for 2019–2021. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.

Bound by Hxstory: Insurrecto and Other Stories
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Join us for a reading in celebration of Gina Apostol’s critically-acclaimed new novel Insurrecto - one of Publisher Weekly’s ten best books of 2018, “witty and stylish” according to NPR, a “bravura performance” hailed the NY Times and Asian Review of Books - following the journey of two women, an American filmmaker and Filipino translator, and their dueling accounts of a dark and forgotten massacre in Samar during the Philippine-American War. This special afternoon showcases stories located in the heart of the Philippines and the United States, illustrating the often untold and intertwined histories of the two nations. Gina Apostol will be joined by Bay Area-based author Elaine Castillo who will read from her novel America Is Not the Heart. Apostol and Castillo will be in conversation following the readings.

Textile Techniques | Weaving Workshops
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City

Play with color, pattern and other design elements to make your own textile with San Francisco-based designer PJ Gubatina Policarpio and  Cynthia Alberto, Founder and Director of Weaving Hand! Learn the traditional indigenous back strap weaving technique, and leave with your own sample weaving. All materials provided. Presented by NYC Textile Month with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center!

Filipinx Artist Retreat
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

The Filipinx Artist Retreat gathers together artists, writers, curators, scholars, and cultural workers across locations and disciplines with the purpose of fostering community, collaboration, and intergenerational dialogue between Filipinx community and the broader contemporary art world. This national convening focuses on strategies for visibility, representation, mentorship, support, and future possibilities. This day-long retreat features keynote presentation by St. Louis-based artist Janna Añonuevo Langholz, founder and editor of Filipino American Artist Directory, an annual publication and initiative to connect and promote artists of Filipino heritage in the U.S. and beyond.  Speakers include Jan Christian Bernabe, Kelvin Burzon, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Erina Alejo, Dorothy Santos, Kimberley Arteche, Malaya Tuyay, Jennelyn Tumalad, Lauren Schell Dickens, Lian Ladia, Linde Brady Lehtinen, Patricia Cariño Valdez, and Trisha Lagaso Goldberg.

The Rule Is, Do Not Stop: A Filipinx Literary Symposium
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Join us for this day-long symposium exploring, complicating and illuminating the role of poetics in transcribing and addressing Filipino American life against the backdrop of a changing San Francisco Bay Area. The morning session will reflect on the legacy of Al Robles, Kearny Street Workshop poets and the fight for the International Hotel. The afternoon session will focus on the experimental, feminist and multivalent work of Barbara Jane Reyes. Speakers include Tony Robles, Shirley Ancheta, Jason Bayani, Kathleen DeGuzman, Janice Sapigao, Christine Abiba, Barbara Jane Reyes and Thea Quiray Tagle.

“Manilatown Is in the Heart: Time Travel with Al Robles” with Tony Robles
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Take a journey through the heart of Manilatown with Al Robles in Curtis Choy’s acclaimed lyrical portrait, “Manilatown Is in the Heart Time Travel with Al Robles” (2008). In this touching documentary, Choy chronicles Robles’ enduring commitment to supporting the manong generation, Filipino men who came to the West Coast as workers in the 1920s and 1930s, and preserving their stories through activism and poetry. This screening will be introduced and followed by readings by Robles’ nephew, poet Tony Robles. Robles is the author of Fingerprints of a Hungerstrike (Ithuriel's Spear, 2017) and Cool Don't Live Here No More (Ithuriel's Spear, 2015) and is co-editor and a revolutionary worker-scholar at Poor magazine.

What is Pinay Liminality? Conversation and Oral History Workshop
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

We invite you to participate in the oral history project Pinay Liminality, which seeks to preserve the personal narratives of Filipino Americans navigating the “in-betweens” of identity in the Bay Area. Inspired by the poetics of Barbara Jane Reyes and facilitated by Christine Abiba, this workshop will focus on listening deeply, engaging in thoughtful conversation and collecting Filipino narratives.

Transcribing Herstory: Contemporary Filipinx Voices
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Enjoy an evening of live readings from diverse Pinay voices in contemporary literature: Melissa Sipin, Elaine Castillo, Renee Macalino Rutledge, Trinidad Escobar and Janice Sapigao. Following the readings, write and share your own stories through a zine-making workshop with PAL. Instruction and materials will be provided. This program is brought to you by SFPL, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, and PAL / The Pilipinx American Library.

PAL Presents America Is in the Heart Part II
Smithsonian Asian American Literary Festival, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington DC

The Pilipinx American Library (PAL) presents America Is in The Heart Part II: A durational participatory reading of Carlos Bulosan’s semi-autobiographical first novel. Completed in the 1940’s, America is in The Heart is the earliest U.S. published, English-language narrative of a Pilipinx American experience. It is written from the perspective of an immigrant itinerant laborer at a time of extreme xenophobia and violent racism during the Great Depression. Everyone is invited to participate and read a portion of the book.

PAL Presents America Is in the Heart Part I
BABZ Book Fair, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY

The Pilipinx American Library (PAL) presents America Is in The Heart, Part I: A non-linear medley performance tribute to Carlos Bulosan’s semi-autobiographical first novel. Completed in the 1940’s, America is in The Heart is the earliest U.S. published, English-language narrative of a Pilipinx American experience. It is written from the perspective of an immigrant itinerant laborer at a time of extreme xenophobia and violent racism during the Great Depression. Writers and artists invited to respond to the novel are Camille Hoffman, Lara Stapleton, Paolo Javier, Claro de los Reyes and other special guests.

Textiles of the Philippines Book Launch
Bliss on Bliss Art Projects, Queens, NY

Join us for the book launch and celebration of Textiles of the Philippines. Textiles of the Philippines is a unique artist collaboration between PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Ida Noelle Calumpang culminating in a one-of-a-kind interactive resource book featuring the richly diverse textile-making traditions of the Ifugao, Bagobo, Yakan, and Tausug peoples. Bringing together accessible information with original hand-painted illustrations the book reflects and honors the exquisite handiwork of expert weavers and textile-makers across the archipelago.

Thread Lines Open Studio Fridays
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Open Studio Fridays is a series of creative conversations that gives space for thoughtful consideration and engagement with Dutch Surinamese artist Farida Sedoc’s studio practice through accessible and meaningful dialogues with writers, curators, critics, artists, historians, and other arts and culture professionals. In conjunction with Farida Sedoc’s residency and culminating exhibition Thread Lines at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. Open Studio participants include Farida, Sedoc, Monica Montgomery of Museum Hue, Justin Allen, Aleia Brown, Jessica Lynne of ARTS.BLACK, Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand, Iviva Olenick, Cynthia McLeod, Ernestine Comvalius, Director Bijlrmer Park Theater, Kelly Valetta, Director, Textile Arts Center, and Shelley Worrell, Director/Founder Caribbeing.

Filipino American Book Festival
Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Filipino American Book Festival is a community-centered, multi-voiced, and intergenerational platform that celebrates and presents contemporary Filipinx narratives by writers, poets, artists, and scholars across the diaspora. Presented at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens it is a collaboration with the Queens Museum and DOT's One NYC Plaza Equity Program. Readers include Mia Alvar, Gina Apostol, Hossannah Asuncion, Carol Cabrera, Emmy Catedral, Kate Gavino, Paolo Javier, Ninotchka Rosca, Bino Realuyo, Lara Stapleton, and Alex Tarampi.

Weaving Together
Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Weaving Together is a day-long intergenerational community gathering dedicated to learning about the rich artistic indigenous weaving and textile making traditions of the Philippines as well as sharing stories and oral histories for the Filipino American community and our neighbors in Queens, NY.

Filipino Weaving Traditions
Mountain Province Espresso Bar, Brooklyn, NY

EXPLORE Filipino weaving and textile traditions from Southern Philippines and support weavers and artisans continue to share their stories. Yakang Yaka supports indigenous tribes through a collaboration with Habi Textile Council. MEET Kelly Mortensen of Yakang Yaka and Cynthia Alberto, weaving and textile expert and founder of Weaving Hand, a healing arts foundation and weaving studio located in Brooklyn, NY. Yakang Yaka x Weaving Hand will discuss and explore ideas around developing newer modernized looms for weavers to help become more efficient, sustainable and a collective that bridges traditional techniques with innovative ideas in contemporary textile arts. ENJOY organic coffee from the Philippines and delicious Filipino-inspired treats.