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Hi fellow Hapas! [20 Mar 2009|01:56am]

I just created a community for discussions and activities. I wanted somewhere to talk about race and gender and sexuality and all the different ways that parts of identity interact... as well as anything else that's fun or interesting.

It's got "stamping" but just for fun. This is not a rating community. It's a way to get to know other people and have more stuff to do on livejournal. I hope it's ok that I'm posting this here. I just really want to get it off the ground!

thedinnercrowd...A discussion & activities community.
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[15 Mar 2005|08:41am]

hi everyone, i just joined the community so thought i'd do a quick intro...

my name is sabrina, i'm 21, half japanese and half scottish, born & raised in vancouver currently living in toronto canada. to be honest, i'm kind of confused about my sexuality right now. i've dated both women and men, although currently i feel myself being more attracted to women.

anyway, i'm looking forward to contributing to the community and all that jazz!

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[26 Feb 2005|06:10pm]

SO... any mixed-race or multiracial people out there? or people who are transnationally or transracially abducted? who also happen to fall into the realm of genderqueer or trans? and are queer/bisexual/pansexual? yeah? yeah?

im presenting a paper at the Lewis and Clark College Gender Studies Symposium and MY piece is roughly about the fluidity of race, gender, sexuality, etc. part of my thinking and deduction of my own experiences is that mixed race people have to recognize the fluidity of race from the very beginning of their introduction to society and this causes for refusal to fall into polar identities whether it be sexual or gender orientation. some people have already written about queer mixed race people, the stuff i've seen being hapa-oriented. i want to delve into gender and genderqueer-ness and not only consider hapas but mestizos, mulattos, mixes of all sorts. i also want to look at transnationally and transracially abducted issues as an extension of this paper, as well as issues with (dis)ability. i would really like to send a few questions over to people who fall into these areas and would be willing to talk about their own personal experiences with the intersections of their identities. if you are interested in being a part of this, please email me (Sumi) at soulinmyfist@yahoo.com with "LEWIS AND CLARK PAPER" in the subject line.

thanks so much! <3 <3 <3
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SAT FEB 19 * Trans/Giving * Special Benefit Show for Sri Lankan Tsunami Victims [16 Feb 2005|03:23am]

if any of my queer hapas are out and about in the la area this weekend, you should come to trans/giving and say hi to me! ill probably be mcing or running around like a supposed important organizer is supposed to do :D

flyer with all the info!Collapse )

Special Benefit Show—Helping the Tsunami Victims of Sri Lanka

West Hollywood, CA: Trans/Giving, a showcase and display of art, music, performance, and literature from trans/genderqueer/intersex artists, holds a special benefit show on Saturday February 19, at 7pm at Great Hall in Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near Santa Monica and Martel. All proceeds will go to Aide To Sri Lankan Tsunami Victims (ATSLTV).

Our lineup features music from Jake Tatton and Heather Huff, photography from s.g. reichen, poetry from Beth Pietrzak and ryka aoki de la cruz, a film from Chris Vargas, and a performance by seeley quest. ATSLTV representative Karla Zombro will be there with photos and updates on the recent developments in Sri Lanka.

For this benefit, Trans/Giving thanks the artists, the West Hollywood Transgender Task Force, and especially the TGIF (Trans/Genderqueer/Intersex/Friends) community for their generosity, time, and love. Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested donation is $5-20 but please give what you can to help those who have nothing.

FMI: www.transgiving.org
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[23 Jan 2005|11:40am]

so, this has been on my mind and i would like to hear some responses from other queer mixed race folk...

how as queer mixed race people do we navigate through politics and the world of activism? or even academia? are there any queer mixed race activist groups that are organizing? i haven't seen any and i'm just wondering what people think about that.

i used to work for a queer Asian/Pacific Islander non-profit organization and was told once by the ED, my supervisor, that the issues hapas face are secondary and separate to the issues APIs face... that shit really bothered me because I thought I was part of the "queer API community" and I thought that issues I face would be similar to other queer hapas and that it would be important to address and to work with other mixed race groups. a queer poc group would more likely to address issues multiracials face (or so you would think) rather than a general lgbt organization. and there are queer people of color non-profits/community orgs/groups out there, but i was interested in mobilizing a queer mixed race group but i was questioning how effective that would be and even wondering what the point was. what are the most striking issues a queer multiracial faces? there are so many different experiences... what are our commonalities with such fluid identities falling between the binaries of race, sexuality, and gender? do we even have specific issues or do we always separate our experiences even though our identities are so fluid and really cannot be kept from intersecting? how is this different from "full-blooded" poc queers (well, we know NO ONE is truly full-blooded)? do people know of any anthologies or books specifically on queer multiracial experiences? anyone interested in working on related projects? where do we fit in all this?

looking forward to hearing what people have to say :)
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[23 Jan 2005|03:20am]

where are the other freakin queer hapas? EH?

my name is Sumi. i'm a trans/gender/queer multiracial Japanese-Hawai'ian-German-Irish-English-French-Russian-etc American... blah blah. i live in the Los Angeles area... im a student/wannabe academic...musician...artist...activist...etc... just seein where everyone's at? whas crackin?
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Hey, everybody! [22 Aug 2004|08:00pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I'm Chel. I'm 15 different nationalities, mostly European, but some Native American. And I'm queer.

Please check out: _queer_teens_

It's for queer (every [nonheterosexual] sexual and gender orientation)
AND allied (that means "straight, but not narrow" [-minded, that is])
teens (under 21... for now, at least).

Please at least read the userinfo before you pass it over - this is a chance to get all the queer and allied teens on lj together... and who knows what we could do!

Feel free to spread the word!

Note: This is in the process of being x-posted where ever I can... If the maintainer(s) think it inappropriate, feel free to delete the entry. I'll understand. :)

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CA Bay Area People -- Check it out! [05 Aug 2004|11:00am]


Speakers include MABEL TENG (City Assessor-General), TOM AMMIANO (Board of
Supervisors), PROF. JEFFREY KUAN (Pacific School of Religion), REV. PENNY
NIXON (MCC), REV. MYO DENIS LEAHY (Hartford Street Zen Center), and more.

***Marriage Equality Now!***

Rally in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
Join us on Sunday, August 8
for "Summer of Love 2004"
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Larsen Park (19th Avenue & Wawona)
in San Francisco's Sunset district

The conservatives are organizing AGAINST marriage equality. This year in
California alone, the conservatives have staged anti-marriage equality
demonstrations of 7,000 people in San Francisco and 5,000 in Alhambra. We must
do our part to organize FOR marriage equality. Help us get 1,000 supporters to
attend the August 8 rally to support marriage equality.

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[01 Jun 2004|10:29am]

Please forward widely. Thanks!
Are you...
* In need of money to help pay for your education?
* Asian or Pacific Islander (A&PI)?
* Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning
* 22 years old or younger?
* Living in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa,
Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco or San Mateo
* A high school senior, high school graduate, have your GED or
attending college? If you answered "yes" to all of the above, the Queer
Asian & Pacific Islander PRIDE Scholarship is for YOU! Edward Cheng
Ming Tang, a generous and conscientious Chinese gay man, wishes to help you
to achieve educational pursuits and dreams, proudly and without shame. In
partnership with Peninsula Community Foundation, this education fund
awards scholarships totaling $16,000 to deserving applicants, with the goal of
eradicating the isolation, invisibility, homophobia and heterosexism
faced by thousands of A&PI queer and questioning youth in the Bay Area and
To apply, please download an application:
Application Process:
The application process consists of two parts. The first part
included questions for you to answer. The second part included a
creative project.
Send in or drop off the application with your creative artwork
by May 31, 2004 at 5 p.m. via mail or in person.
Attn: Sabrina Wu
Queer A&PI Pride Scholarship
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
730 Polk Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
The application form and artwork becomes the property
of Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and will not be returned. Your
artwork may be used for publicity purposes.
If you are feeling stuck or have questions on how to fill out
the application form, just contact Sabrina at
sabrina@apiwellness.org or call 415.292.3420 x315. Selection
Process: A selection committee including A&PI LGBTQQ youth and adults
review the applications and select scholarship recipients. We establish a new
selection committee for each year. Selection factors included the
following: financial need, personal and societal challenges, creativity
and originality, community involvement or the imagining of a queer A&PI
community. Each year, the selection committee comes up with the range
of award amounts. For the year 2003, the committee decided to give awards
ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. If you have any questions or want to get
a head start, please contact Sabrina Wu at sabrina@apiwellness.org.
Sabrina Wu
AQU25A Program Coordinator Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center 730
Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94109-7813 www.apiwellness.org Tel.
292-3420, x315 TTY 292-3410 Fax 292-3404
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Ok [12 May 2004|06:56pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

HI people. Creator/Moderator here. I have selected none other than the finest source for GLBT news/activism angryasiangrrl as co=mod/maintainer. Regarding all the recent issues that have been coming up lately, (( i.e. same sex marriages, laws prohibiting them, election 2004, pride month etc)) I am curious to see everyone' stand/viewpoint on these issues.

And I realzed that the hapa mafia does have some standing in the livejournal world. hmmm...let's get this place rocking people. june is pride month and it's only three weeks away.

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INTRO - I am new. [01 May 2004|03:42pm]

Hello! My name is Kristy. I'll be 25 in a month. I am half Chinese, half white, queer, and femme. I'm single, and really comfortable being so. I am a grad student in Women's Studies, and I'm doing my M.A. project on As-Ams.
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howdy! [21 Mar 2004|03:20pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Came across this community by accident, but hey, I'm half Chinese, half White and gay as hell, so why not join... right?

Rock on.

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Everyone here's queer and mixed, right? :) [20 Mar 2004|11:21am]

Note: This is cross-posted on Queer People of Color, Arabs, South Asian Queers, Gay Asians, Half Asians, About Asian Americans, Of Mixed Asian Persuasian, and Islamic Sexuality. Even if you're not interested, please pass this on to anyone who might be. Thanks.


My name is Justin Leroy, and I’m a film student at Wesleyan University. I’ll be doing research for my thesis documentary this summer, and I’m writing because you or members of your organization might be interested in participating in my project.

The research is built around my interest in the relationship between multiracial identity and queer identity. Because LGBTQ communities, which are often primarily white, can be very isolating even for monoracial people of color, a queer multiracial Asian-descent individual may face unique problems and complexities in terms of racial identity formation. I believe that multiracial people can and do actively influence the way they are perceived, which sometimes gives them more ‘racial mobility’ than monoracial Asians. While having such an option can be a significant privilege, the ethnic ambiguity of mixed race Asians might also draw them into unwanted racial identifications determined by their sexual identity or practices. In my project, I plan to identify and examine some of these potential issues and hypothesize their greater implications for the way we think about multiracial Asian identity.

For example, is a Chinese-white lesbian more likely to be seen as merely white than her straight counterpart because of the presumed whiteness of lesbian identity? Is a Black-Filipino gay man more likely to call himself mixed or Asian because of the desirability of such an “exotic” identity to white men? Would he be more likely to identify as just Black if he were heterosexual? After coming out, if an Indian-Mexican woman is disowned by her father, who is her only connection to Indian culture, does it affect her Asian identity?

My research will consist of individual and group interviews, both filmed. You may participate in either or both, and participation does not mean you must consent to having your interview included in the finished film.

To participate, you must meet three criteria:

1) Not be strictly heterosexual, either in identity or practice.

2) Be multiracial, meaning you have parents of two different races, two parents who are multiracial, or have parents who are of very different ethnicities within the same racial group (such as Japanese and Indian or Iranian and Thai).

3) Be Asian-identified. This includes not only East and Southeast Asian, but also South Asian, Central Asian, and West Asian (Middle Eastern).

I’m looking for underrepresented groups, such as non-East Asians, those who do not have a white parent, and people who live or grew up outside of the US, in particular. However everyone who meets the above requirements is more than welcome to participate.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at jleroy@wesleyan.edu. I’d also be happy to hear any questions, comments, or suggestions.
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[27 Feb 2004|01:00pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

*preforms CRP on community*

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queer asian conference [12 Feb 2004|12:54pm]

i dont know if this has already been mentioned here. but this is a conference in march in nyc about queer asian stuff.


i think i'm gonna be there. even tho i normally dont like conferences, it might be worth checking out. plus, its free, and the keynote performer, reggie cabico, is a pretty cool poet.
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[10 Feb 2004|01:51pm]

hello my people :) i am reading this book called "restoried selves: autobiographies of queer asian/pacific american activists". it made me think of this community (awwwww). anyway, this one author, wei ming dariotis, is hapa and bisexual and a professor at sfsu. she has a website with a resource page, which has a great list of websites on hapas and mixed hertiage, among other things. check it out. there is some cool shit there. and when you are done being all intellectual, you can play the "what are you?" game. good times.  
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Wow... [09 Feb 2004|07:45pm]

[ mood | indifferent ]

Hello people! This community is so dead.....sorry about that, I guess as mod I should welcome everyone who has joined so far.
And special thanks to angryasiangrrl for her bold efforts to make conversation.

Anyway, I do fully intend to move foward with this community, because after all, I started it in the first place. And secondly, more people are becoming aware of it, and we should say something to be more....active...

Again welcome new members! Thanks for your interest and joining, and here's a topic to discuss:

If you are of Chinese background, does Chiense new year have a significant meaning for you?

*smattering of applause*

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community... [02 Feb 2004|11:17pm]

[ mood | stressed ]


I wanted to try and get the juices flowing in this community since there doesn't seem to be so much activity, at least since I joined...

So I was wondering, how do y'all define 'community' or even 'in-group' or 'one of your own.' I mean, its not like queer hapas grow on trees. We can't just decide to join some sort of social or support group (i dont think...if one exists in real life i'd be interested, hehe). So what does that mean? Does community mean any group of hapas? Any Asians? Any queer asians? Does the fact that its hard to find people like us discourage you? Make you feel unique? Flawed? Happy? Sad?

I guess I'll ask a second question in the same post, even though its only somewhat related. Do you think there's special significance is queer multiracial people being able to disrupt _both_ racial and sexual societal expectations in a single body? Does this fact take on special significance in your life, or the way you see yourself?

I'm interested in hearing everyone's answers...or really anything about either community or the intersection of race and sexuality (but i'll say now i'm not one of those people that believes like all multiracial people are queer just because they're multiracial). I'll post my own thoughts tomorrow or later in the week when i don't have like...lots of classes :(

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introduction [29 Jan 2004|12:25pm]

Hi everyone! I'm a new member. I found this site when I was doing research for my thesis, and I was really surprised to find out that there were like online communities for queer multiracial people. I'm happy to be here.
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Bi Poly Identity Development Study up for a few more weeks [03 Dec 2003|10:28pm]

Hi folks,

The survey on the identity development of people who are both bisexual and polyamorous will be up on the web for a few more weeks (official end date is Dec 21, 2003). If you haven't yet participated in the study and would like to, it's here:


Feel free to pass word about the study to other people and forums. Anyone who is bisexual, polyamorous, and 18 or over is welcome to participate.
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