We have another event coming up next week, and two of our very own hotpot! members are on the stage as well. Please come check out the show, with tickets starting at $1. We’re also a community sponsor of the event, and if you enter “Hotpot” into the promo box, you can help us win a $250 donation to our organisation as we continue our work to build community within the Philadelphia queer API community.
We’re proud to announce our community partnership with the Leeway foundation in sponsoring this event. Please show your support for these amazing API artists on October 22nd.
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: email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for exact address.
Hope many of you will come!
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!
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.
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.
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