Come and hang out with hotpot! at the Lantern Moon Festival on September 7th!!!

Folks, hotpot! is co-sponsoring and will be tabling at the Lantern Moon Festival on September 7th! The event starts from 10 am until 10pm. We would be located near the stage on the North of 5th Street of Washington Avenue. Below is a little info of what the Festival is gonna be like. The Lantern Moon Festival is a traditional Chinese and Vietnamese celebration of the harvest and full moon where the gods are thanked for the bountiful harvest of crops. The festival celebrates three concepts that have been celebrated for more than 1,000 years:  Gathering: family and friends coming together to celebrate the harvest and gathering of crops  Thanksgiving: to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and harmonious unions  Prayer: for blessings such as babies, a spouse, beauty, good health, longevity and good fortune The United Multicultural Chamber of Commerce will bring the excitement and fun of the traditional Lantern Moon Festival to Philadelphia on Washington Avenue from 4th Street through 6th Street in South Philadelphia on September 7, 2014 from 10 AM to 10 PM. This event is for the entire family and will be held rain or shine under tents. We want to give all children of the Philadelphia area the experience of a traditional Asian Moon Festival and bring families together in celebration. This will be the first traditional Lantern Moon Festival in Philadelphia. All races and nationalities are welcomed and encouraged to participate and enjoy this unique event that will showcase:  Professional Singers  Dancers (Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata)  Hundreds of Lights of All Colors  Traditional Exotic Silk lit Lanterns  Moon cakes and other food  Dozens of Vendors & Food Trucks  Outdoor Barbeque  Games and Activities  Toy Giveaways for Children  Raffles for Prizes from Sponsor  Giveaway Gifts and Silk Lanterns  Children Face Painting  DJs and Bands  Animal Balloon Twisting For more information or to participate as a vendor, please email: OR CALL: Larry (English speaking) 267-254-7994 Izak (English speaking) 215-833-3920 Thomas (Chinese-Mandarin/Cantonese/Vietnamese speaking) 267-934-9888 Laurent (Indonesian speaking) 267-475-4412, Vikki (Vietnamese Speaking) 267-234-1854 Louis (Chinese-Mandarin speaking) 267-288-3696 Elizabeth (Vietnamese speaking) 267-307-0109

April Potluck – 4/27

hey hotpot!,

The April potluck is going to be on Sunday 4/27. We switched from the usual third Sunday since it coincided with Easter in hopes that more of you can make it.

The plan is to make signs for Pride season that’s coming up. So bring your creative word play and stretch out your coloring fingers, and we’ll supply the sign materials.

Bring food! Bring a women-identified QAPI friend!

It will be at my place in Port Richmond. It’s bikeable from Center City or West Philly, and accessible by public trans. I have a cat. I have a large backyard so hopefully the weather will permit us to enjoy it.

Please email for exact address.

Hope many of you will come!


hotpot! Receives Wonder Women Award

hey hotpot!,

I had the honor this week of accepting the Wonder Women Award on behalf of hotpot! from the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Wonder Women Committee. This is an incredible group of women who raise funds and awareness to impact issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ women. Each March, the committee (some members with whom hotpot! has collaborated over the years) spotlights a local organization whose work has helped to improve the lives of women and women-identified folks as a celebration of Women’s History Month.

As I was happy to discover, not just one or two, but several of the Wonder Women nominated hotpot! (along with a select few other organizations) for the honor! DVLF will be featuring hotpot! on its website and Facebook page, so check it out!

As a group that recruits members mostly by spreading word of our joyful monthly celebrations of queer and API roots, with food and with silly to risque to heavier connection-making conversations, it was really nice to be reminded that, along the way, we have also made a marked, affirmative impact among the community (allies included) that surround and support us. Folks speak highly of our collaborations on the immigration issues forums and through workshops at the TransHealth Conference, to name a couple. And they expect to hear more from us soon about the impending NQAPIA Regional Summit that we are hosting this July!

I wanted to share this so that you will give yourself a hearty pat on the back (or however you choose to show self-love and -pride) for each dish (be it tasty food or juicy gossip) you’ve brought to a potluck, each event you’ve helped with in any capacity, each time you’ve passed out a hotpot! card to a cute, maybe-API person at the Dyke March as an excuse to talk to them. You’re why hotpot! is known and respected in our amazing community.

May the (vegan/cage-, hormone-, gluten-, GMO-free/bacon-adoring) food flow plentifully at many potlucks to come!



hotpot! Special Event: Children of Srikandi


In lieu of our monthly potluck, we are departing from the usual to show Children of Srikandi, a film made by and about the queer women of Indonesia.

We are opening this event to everyone, so invite friends! Do bring food and drinks to share. We hope you all join us to experience this important film– on a very big tv!

If you are on Facebook, please RSVP so we can ensure accommodation for everyone.

Synopsis: CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about queer women in Indonesia, the country with the world´s largest Muslim population. Eight authentic and poetic stories are interwoven with beautiful shadow theater scenes that tell the story of Srikandi, one of the characters of the Indian Mahabharata. This collective anthology transcends the borders between documentary, fiction and experimental film.

See for the full synopsis. For the trailer, click here:


Collaborative Workshop Initiative

hotpot! Presents:

Collaborative Workshop Initiative

Queer Asian-Pacific Island Women/Trans* folk gathering coordinates workshops exploring the intersection of queer and Asian identities

By Van Nguyen

January 22, 2013

Philadelphia, PA – The hotpot! Collaborative Workshop Initiative will create a series of six workshops: four in collaboration with various AAPI (Asian-American/Asian/Pacific-Islander) organizations in the area and two open to the entire Philadelphia community. While other queer people of color organizations do exist in Philadelphia, hotpot!’s role as the only active AAPI queer organization is important because of the specific needs of the AAPI community around racialization, language, culture, and histories of immigration. hotpot! is uniquely suited to handle both the emerging needs of bringing AAPI issues into broader LGBTQ conversations and affecting change from within the AAPI community to create a more holistic vision for justice that recognizes and values the range of gender and sexual diversity within its membership.

We invite any organizations that feel that their community would benefit from an informative workshop regarding the intersection of queer and AAPI identities to contact us for more information.

About hotpot!

We are a Philadelphia-based gathering working to build community for Queer Asian + Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual women, trans*, gender variant/queer/non-conforming identified folks through social gatherings, political action and good food.

We came together in Philadelphia in 2009, and as we experience continual self-examination and transformation, we are gratefully challenged by the diversity of our lives. We seek to be sensitive, intentional, and inclusive in our mission, especially around the myriad of gendered, ethnic, and national cultures within our community. This tension is an ongoing conversation that we honor.

For more information, please visit


To learn more about this initiative, please contact

Van Nguyen, Steering Committee Member

Mobile: 215.645.2531

Team Laurent – in need of your support!

Dear hotpot!ers,
We talk a lot about movement, about chosen family, about having each other’s backs.
We are writing to you to make that a reality. Our friend and chosen fam, Laurent, needs our help. Laurent is a queer immigrant living in Philadelphia. More importantly, Laurent is a fierce community activistloyal friend, and long-time member of hotpot!. Laurent was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and is in urgent need of an MRI and other medications. Laurent’s medical costs are growing exponentially, and working multiple jobs just isn’t enough.
Can you donate $20 today?
Picture this: 
*A world where we don’t need to rely on the state (with their unreliable funding) for our basic needs.
*A world where queer, immigrant, and other communities support each other.
*A world where the cost of healthcare doesn’t stop us from lifesaving care.
You can help build this world. Sometimes queer people talk about chosen family and community – our loved ones who, for some of us, take the place of our birth families, and for others, provide lots of different kinds of love and support that we need, because being queer has taught us that a nuclear family structure can’t meet all of our needs. We are Laurent’s community, and today Laurent needs us.
Can you help? Donate now!
There are a few ways you can support:
1. Please donate however much you can here: Every dollar really does help.
2. Please pass this email on to your chosen fam, your networks, your movements. Spread this story far and wide, so that we can support each other and build a new world together!
3. Reach out! As much as Laurent needs our financial support now, this is also a mental and emotional battle. Pick up the phone, send a letter, bake some pumpkin bread – however you want to, show Laurent some love!
In solidarity,
Team Laurent

Tomorrow: December holiday potluck!

Join us tomorrow, Sunday December 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm for the December holiday potluck!
This month we will be enjoying sipping on eggnog and enjoying other holiday treats. There is no specific topic to discuss, so folks are free to engage in conversation or maybe participate in our white elephant gift exchange.

Email for more information regarding location.

Please bring a food or drink to share for 8-12 people.

hotpot! potlucks are open to people who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and queer, lesbian, bisexual women, transgender, gender-variant, gender queer, gender non conforming or women.

White Elephant Rules:

Ever had something that just takes up space and you just want to get rid of it? Here’s your chance!

If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped/bagged gift from your home that you want to get rid of because it’s no longer of use to you, but could be useful for somebody else. There is no need for it to be something fancy, and we definitely don’t need people going out to buy things.

Bring the gift, and we’ll have a designated table for it. At a certain time, we’ll give the participants a number from a hat and they’ll pick any gift from the table in that order. They then reveal what it is.

Then the next person has a choice:
1. They pick a gift from the table.
2. They steal an open gift from any person in front of them and the person whose gift was stolen would pick a new gift.

That’s it! It’ll be fun to find out what kind of things people have lying around their homes that are just taking up space.

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