Witness and Staying Power this Friday December 2nd!

Join hotpot! in supporting Tay and coming out for the opening of Witness at the Asian Arts Initiative on Friday, December 2nd starting at 6pm. Witness: 30 Artists reflect on 30 years of the AIDS Pandemic is a multi-media visual arts exhibition inviting artists to reflect on, explore and respond to the impact that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on our social, cultural and political life over the past thirty years.
AND
Make sure to wear your dancing shoes and come out at 10pm to William Way for Staying Power, a dance party throw-down benefit for One Love Movement and DreamActivist PA.

Details for both events are below.

 

Witness
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6 p.m.
1219 Vine Street  • Philadelphia, PA 19107 • 215.557.0455info@asianartsinitiative.org
Commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the epidemic, Witness invites artists to reflect on, explore, and respond to the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on our social, cultural, and political lives. Across boundaries of race, age, gender, and sexual orientation, the multi-media artwork reflects a transformative moment for the artists and our communities.

**STAYING POWER**
DANCEPARTY THROWDOWN BENEFIT FOR MIGRANT JUSTICE!

Proceeds go to One Love Movement and DreamActivist PA

Friday, December 2, 2011
10 pm to 2 am

THE BALLROOM
Way Gay
1315 Spruce St.

$5 to $20 sliding scale

DJ Halfbreed
DJ Mary Mack
DJ Amor Secreto

Photobooth by the amazing Karen Kirchoff!
Booze bar!

Sponsored by William Way LGBT Community Center

Values- feedback needed!

The Values Committee brainstormed and the following is a working draft. Just as with the mission statement, we want to hear what members think! Please comment with questions and thoughts.

What we came up with:

We recognize, respect, and appreciate the differences that shape our community as well as challenge us to dig deeper and grow stronger. By coming together through our commonality we give visibility to our uniqueness.

We value shared power within hotpot! and the broader community to ensure all voices are heard. Our vision of shared power catalyses our action toward social justice.

Hotpot! continues to evolve as our members grow and change. We embrace change when it serves us and strive to adapt creatively in order to sustain the work of this community.

(One big paragraph?)

We recognize, respect, and appreciate the differences that shape our community as well as challenge us to dig deeper and grow stronger. By coming together through our commonality we give visibility to our uniqueness. We value shared power within hotpot! and the broader community to ensure all voices are heard. Our vision of shared power catalyses our action toward social justice. Hotpot! continues to evolve as our members grow and change. We embrace change when it serves us and strive to adapt creatively in order to sustain the work of this community.

Some of our thinking behind each value:

Valuing Differences:

– you can’t love, respect, appreciate each other without valuing differences

– recognizing that we all come from diff backgrounds

– understanding that differences are what make our community what it is*

– your experience shaped by your differences informs my world view *

– emphasis on Visibility which ties into community/love (?)

Shared Power:

– we create hotpot! the way we envision the world to be

– shared power in the broader community and in the world

– shared power reflects both the ideas of shared leadership within hotpot and in the broader community

– ensuring that everyone’s voices are heard within hotpot and in b. community *

– builds the foundation for equality, social justice, activism*

Sustainability:

– adapting creatively*

– evolving/evolution/transformation as need arises

– we are not static

– value change when it serves us*

December’s FOOD TIME with hotpot!

Thank you to all who have come to support hotpot! last November. The event was a success and we couldn’t do it without you. This time we are asking for your support again as we will have our second FOOD TIME with hotpot! on Monday December 5th and Tuesday, December 6th between 5-9pm at Smile Cafe. Below is the details.

*FOOD TIME is a new fundraising endeavor where hotpot! will receive twenty percent of your total bill from a local community restaurant. Our goal is to continue and share our work around community building and LGBTQ immigration at National Conferences.

This January we’ll be heading to Baltimore to present at Creating Change. We need to raise $2500 to keep hotpot! on track and our finances out of the red. Recognizing that it is a privilege to have paid vacation days and that without them days at the conference is a financial loss, we will reimburse those hotpot! members.

Please support us at Smile Cafe and check out the menu on their website.

Date:     December 5th and 6th
Time:    5-9pm
Venue:  Smile Cafe
                 105 S. 22nd Street (between Chestnut and Samson Streets)
                 Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone:  215.564.2502
                BYOB

Design your own zine!

Below is information for a zine workshop that hotpot! is co-sponsoring-

Sunday, December 4, 1:00-3:00pm 

Learn to create your own mini-magazine of artwork and writing in this special workshop offered by Leeway Foundation, in partnership with the William Way, GALAEI, and hotpot!. Led by Canadian graphic artists Elisha Lim (featured in our current art exhibit ) and Coco Riot, this workshop will be taught here at the Center in English and Spanish.

FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. For more info or to register, visit www.leeway.org or call 215-545-4078.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Revised Mission Statement: we want your feedback!!

One of the actions that came out of the hotpot! retreat was the revamping of our mission statement. After much thought, revisiting of our values, conversing and listening, checking our lgbtq-api-hotpot!-selves in the mirror of reflection, writing and scratching and writing again, we present– a newly revised hotpot! mission statement. Two, of them, actually– a full, unabridged version, and the 30-second elevator speech version. And we very much want to hear from you all. We are center piecing this on the blog so that everyone has a chance to take it in and tell us your likes, dislikes, ideas, etc.

We want the mission to reflect the myriad visions and hopes each us of has for our little, flourishing family, so let us hear from you. We’ll also present it at the potluck today.

Looking forward to your comments.

Kristin + Mag

full version
Hotpot! is an organization of Asian and Pacific Islander queer, lesbian, bisexual, gay women and trans*, gender variant, genderqueer, gender non-conforming identified folks working to build community that values differences, shared power, activism towards social justice, and friendship. We are East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, Central Asian, West Asian, hapa, and multi-racial. Through social gatherings, political action, and good food, we highlight our multiplicities and celebrate the intersections of identities within us.  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 experiences. 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.

30-second version
At hotpot! we are simultaneously Asian, Queer, and women and trans* folk. Through social gatherings, political action, and good food, we celebrate the intersections of identities within us. Reach us at hotpotphilly@gmail.com, read us at www.hotpotphilly.org and www.facebook.com/hotpotphilly.

This Friday: hotpot! fundraising dinner, zine launch and more

Join us for a cozy evening of good food, our zine launch, and an overview of hotpot! over the last year as we raise money for attending Creating Change.

Read on for official invite and details below.

You’re invited to our 2nd annual hotpot! fundraising dinner on Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 7-9pm.

Hotpot! is on the move and we need your help. This fall, we presented at Element’s Queer Womyn of Color Conference, raised our voices at the first Philly Trans March and had our first organizational retreat.

Now our goal is to continue and share our work around community building and LGBTQ immigration at National Conferences. This January we’ll be heading to Baltimore to present at Creating Change. We need to raise $2500 to keep hotpot! on track and our finances out of the red. Recognizing that it is a privilege to have paid vacation days and that without them days at the conference is a financial loss, we will reimburse those hotpot! Members.

After arriving back in Philadelphia, hotpot! will use new skills to increase infrastructure, capacity, and challenges and future plans for panels and actions around immigrants’ rights for the Spring.

Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 7-9pm
Email us for the address.

Families welcome: childcare provided upon request.
Mobility alert: there are approximately 6 steps leading up to front door.
Driving: street parking is available for free
Public transport: take the 34 trolley to 50th street

Please RSVP. Suggested minimum donation $20. if this donation means you wouldn’t come even though you really want to let us know and we can work together to figure it out.  If you can’t make it but want to donate, please send us an email at hotpotphilly@gmail.com with your pledge and we’ll follow up.

Here’s a link to google map.
Thank you!!!

Finding a Fit

I felt so shy. I wasn’t sure how to stand. I wanted to cross my arms but, somewhere way back when, I’d read that the stance was unfriendly. I wanted to make friends.  Like a large octopus, I shifted my weight and moved my arms from one uncomfortable position to the next and watched from the periphery of the Dyke March.

I’d just returned to Philly from college and while I was excited to see my high school friends, in four years some aspects of my life had undergone significant changes.  My friend there with me was an ally and Naval Academy grad.  She had just told me that this area of my life was something she’d never be able to understand.  I wished for a space where my experiences would make sense to those around me.  The mass ahead included so many happy people interacting with one another, but where did I belong?  There seemed no good place to start.

It wasn’t long before a smiling face approached.  She introduced herself, presented me with a card and explained “hotpot!”.  I was thrilled. Somewhere with others who understood? Somewhere with people also of Asian descent?  Wow.  I’d been one of five part-Asian people in my high school and it hadn’t occurred to me that upon returning to Philly I might meet people with similar cultural backgrounds. This sounded too good to be true.

Four months later, I know that hotpot! is very real and not too good to be true.  Through the monthly potlucks and various social meetings I have become connected to the other members.  Hotpot! ensures a safe space to laugh, eat, share stories and join to effect social change where it is needed.  I couldn’t ask for more.

Recently, at the Trans March, I was certain of where to stand.  Not on the sidelines, not shy and scared, but right in the mix with my friends in hotpot!

-KP