CELEBRATING THE ASIAN AMERICAN LGBTQ+ EXPERIENCE brings together queer identified artists, musicians, and writers in historic downtown Los Angeles at the Chinese American Museum for Lambda Literary’s LitFest 2018. CAM’s current exhibit “Don’t Believe The Hype: LA Asian Americans In Hip Hop” challenges and redefines what hip hop represents, specifically within the Asian American community and how hip hop itself allows for more exploration for gender and sexual identity, defying “traditional” expectations. But whose expectations shape our experiences? Our community, our parents, ourselves? What does it mean to be queer and Asian American and how does one experience inform the other? Lambda Literary and CAM invite you to explore the exhibit and join us for a panel discussion and performances by D’LO, NATHAN RAMOS, KAY ULUNDAY BARRETT, KITTY TSUI, ADDIE TSAI, MAYA REDDY, and moderated by CB LEE.
About Founder CB Lee:
Hello! I’m CB Lee, author of the SIDEKICK SQUAD series. As a queer Chinese-Vietnamese American, growing up, I felt pretty isolated and unsure of who I was, as part of the LGBTQ+ community and growing up as part of multiple cultures. Maya Reddy states in the Mission Statement of the Gaysian Project, “When we are not seen, we are not known. That sense of loneliness is overpowering. Rarely are all Asian ethnicities recognized. And just as rarely are all identities of queerness celebrated, especially within Asian American representation.” Representation is just a small part of this event—it’s about creating and fostering community.
As a writer, I seek to tell stories that not only entertain but also inspire others and show inclusive characters who reflect the world we live in. In 2017, I curated the first iteration of this event in partnership with the Chinese American Museum, and was overwhelmed by the amount of amazing people who turned up for what I thought would be a modest reading and panel. Instead, the CAM courtyard overflowed with community and people who came together to see our performers, explore the exhibits and participate in a lively discussion. This year, with your support, I’m hoping to create a unique and enriching experience for the community, working with the Chinese American Museum and the Gaysian Project to encourage people to explore the amazing exhibits at the museum and also participate in an evening of discussion.