December 9th marked the celebration of hotpot!’s year long achievements in community building and striving for social justice in Queer Asian circles. The gathering at the holiday party was huge and most people arrived bearing gifts and a dish to give tribute to the hard work and dedication of hotpot!’s allies and members.
While one room harbored meaningful discussions of the activities that had been initiated through 2012, the other end of the house witnessed the emergence of a dance floor. I was in charge of the music, and I could not help but put some Michael Jackson tunes in the mix. The moves that got busted as a result were frankly hilarious and wonderful to watch and overall, it was an amazing time reconnecting with hotpot! members after so long (I had my thesis due this fall). Thanks to all those who participated in dancing, conversing and eating good food; we all hope to see you at next year’s holiday partayyy.
This past Thursday, hotpot! had our second community meeting, which was attended by diverse community members. The meeting was to discuss and plan our upcoming LGBTQ Immigration Forum. The group was divided into 2 teams: one to plan the forum, and the other to design the Welcoming Guide for Queer Immigrants.
The forum planning team discussed how they want the format to be different than past forums–we want the attendees to actively participate, and not just simply sit there taking in information. We talked about locations, time, and most importantly who we want to see as panelists!
The other team, working on the Welcoming Guide, got right down to figuring out what queer-, trans-, and immigrant-friendly resources we collectively know. We began to compile a list of community organizations, provider resources, health services, LGBTQ organizations, and other resources that we want to make sure queer immigrants are able to find. Most importantly, we talked about our broad vision for the project, as a guide that will rely on narratives and stories from queer immigrants in Philadelphia. We’re excited to keep working on this project until next spring!
We hope you’ll join us,
In just under a week, we will be celebrating with our friends and family in West Philly on Sunday, December 9th from 6-9PM. We hope to see you there to celebrate hotpot!’s achievements in this past year and to give gratitude to everyone who has supported us along the way.
We’ll have food, a cash bar, a bumpin music mix, and white elephant gift exchange. We ask for a $7-10 donation, but no one will be turned away. Join us at 4948 Walton Street in West Philadelphia, 19104. Please RSVP before December 6th at firstname.lastname@example.org