Philly! MLK Day 2013: March and Rally for Community LOVE and Power!

hotpot! was invited to speak at and attend AAU’s event on MLK day Jan 21, 2013
“Philly! MLK Day 2013: March and Rally for Community Love and Power!” at LOVE Park, and the workshops held prior at Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School.

hotpot! was thrilled about our invitation to attend and speak at this event. It shows a step towards integration in having other Philly Asian organizations publicly recognize hotpot! as simultaneously LGBTQ and Asian. The day’s events were filled with opportunities to explore the connections in our struggles as Asian American people. We joined Boat People SOS, One Love Movement, AAU, and other Asian American organizations.


Leveraging Power and Building Community for LGBTQ Immigration

hotpot holiday party Dec 2012-12

Join us in ten days for Leveraging Power and Building Community around LGBTQ Immigration Event on January 31st at 6:30pm at William Way LGBT Community Center. 

We have confirmed our wonderful speakers and here they are:

-Ben de Guzman from the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
-Elizabeth Yaeger from HIAS
-Fernanda Marroquin from Dream Activists PA (DAPA)
-Sasha Wijeratne from hotpot!
-Minh Nguyen from BPSOS who will be our activity facilitator.

Immigration reform is set as a hot topic nationally this year and we’re set to leverage our power. Come listen to our communities stories and engage with multiple communities. Building off our past two LGBTQ immigration forums we’re switching it up for 2013. Rather than the traditional ‘front of the room’ format, our panelists will be among all of us and we’ll be in discussion groups so everyone can participate. Refreshments will be served. If you or your organizations have resource materials, please bring them as we will have a few tables reserved for them.Check out our facebook event page too (add link here

Please email hotpotphilly (at)gmail (dot) com to RSVP and contact us with any questions.

In solidarity,
Alison, Laurent, and the hotpot! sc

Location Details:
William Way Community Center, Ballroom
1315 Spruce Street  Philadelphia, PA 19107

William Way is accessible from the 13th St Market Frankford Line, the 21 or 42 bus.
There is on-street metered parking and several parking garages in the area.
The Ballroom is accessible via stairs as well as an elevator.

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 are fiscally sponsored by ASIAC. This work is supported by the Asian Mosaic Fund.

Holiday partaayy

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.


November Community Meeting at William Way Center

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,

The holiday party is coming!

Hello friends!

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


Save the date: hotpot! holiday party Dec. 9th

hotpot! at AAU's Mid Autumn Festival
hotpot! at AAU’s Mid Autumn Festival

Hey folks,

It’s that time of year, time for hotpot!’s annual holiday party! This year it will be on December 9th from 6-9pm in West Philly.

hotpot! invites or family and friends (yes, you!) to celebrate another year with us and give gratitude. 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.  Please RSVP before December 6th to hotpotphilly AT Gmail. DOT com.


hotpot! steering committee

We support DreamActivist PA

We as an organisation support the efforts of one of our own and a Dream Activist fighting for Stanly Moriah’s freedom. Please support Erika, and the rest of the Dream Activists in this cause.

Hi y’all,

I know hotpot does a lot of immigration work and I’m wondering if hotpot would be willing to sign on to a letter by DreamActivist PA to John Morton asking him to get Stanley Moriah, our current END case, out of detention? We’re asking a lot of groups in the Philly area doing immigration work to sign on and I thought it’d be cool to ask y’all. I attached info about the case below, the first is a petition and the second is a link to the letter.

Hello, we’re hiring a graphic designer

hotpot! is looking for a graphic designer!

Position Overview

hotpot! is excited to announce our first paid contracting position. We are looking for an engaged, talented, organized, and most importantly flexible graphic designer to work in collaboration with our community team in creating a Queer Newcomer’s Resource Guide to Philadelphia.

There are multiple sections to this project that will be discussed and affirmed in participatory meetings held by interested community members starting on October 25th at the William Way Center. With this initial meeting, we will decide on the scope and reach of our resource guide. At the moment, we envision a community guide that we can publish as a booklet, which might include narratives and provider resources.Continue reading “Hello, we’re hiring a graphic designer”