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 tball59@gmail.com 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 http://www.childrenofsrikandi.com/ for the full synopsis. For the trailer, click here: http://www.childrenofsrikandi.com/trailer/.


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 http://www.hotpotphilly.org/.


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.
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: www.donationto.com/Team-Laurent. 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 hotpotphilly@gmail.com 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.

Stimulus Plunge: The LGBTQ Community Pool Party and Official QFest Afterparty

Wanna support hotpot! and cool off from the heat while doing it? Join us on July 19th from 9:00pm-2:00am at the Stimulus Plunge event. Get your advance ticket using this link made specially for hotpot! http://plungehotpot.eventbrite.com/

Event details from Stimulus:
It’s finally here! Philly’s LGBTQ community is taking over North Shore Beach Club for the hottest, wildest, wettest party you will experience this summer: PLUNGE!!!

PLUNGE is this summer’s ultimate nightlife experience:
• 1,500 Square Foot, GORGEOUS SWIMMING POOL filled with beautiful LGBTQ folks!
• Balinese Lounge Chairs, Over-Sized Day Beds & Portable Sun Umbrellas
• Complimentary Plush Towel Service
• Fabulous Hammocks
• Ping Pong Tables, Baggo & Other Games
• Air-Conditioned Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms Complete With Showers & Bathrooms
• Cozy Fire-Pit Lounge
• Complimentary Wi-Fi Coverage
• Poolside Food & Beverage Service

All of this and cover is ONLY $10 ALL NIGHT!!!

*PLUNGE is also the Official after party for QFEST! So check out the films and then check out the pool!


queer beach day!

queer beach day facebook event

hey folks! hotpot! is having our 2nd annual beach day for queer and trans api plus our friends, family, and allies. what this means is we’re gonna get together at the beach on Saturday, August 10 at Margate Beach from 12pm till whenever. We’re gonna carve out a little niche on the beach.

for more info click the “queer beach day” link at the beginning of the post to visit the facebook event page and join the event if you plan on coming so we have a headcount. if you have any questions regarding food, transportation, directions, who you can bring etc. please email us at hotpotphilly@gmail.com

looking forward to seeing you there!!