Art and Culture

Got My Almond Eyes on You

Todd Lee

Gay people talk of having
gaydar: the ability to say
whether someone is gay
from a mile away.

We know Asians have adar –
we can tell Chinese from Vietnamese,
Japanese from Korean,
Filipinos from Samoans,
Et cetera.

(At least
most of the time).

Ready, set,

Let’s make it official!
Who can get “adar”
up on Wikipedia first?

API Living – Boston 2007

Todd Lee

1. Hello

The white man
with the so-pleased-
on his face,
says “Knee how”
too loudly
as he passes
the Asian woman

who is clearly


2. Smile

A woman
smiles at me
sweetly, for no apparent
- on the Boston subway!

I wonder if,
it’s my dashing good looks
or if I
remind her
of a scene from a
Jackie Chan flick
she really dug.

Legacies of War Opens Window on Destructive U.S. War Policies

Legacies of War, an exhibit that brings attention to the continuing consequences of the U.S. secret war in Laos from 1964 to 1973, opened in Boston this past week. It includes survivors’ illustrations, interviews from refugee camps, archival and contemporary photographs, and a documentary film, Bombies (a review of the film is forthcoming). Far more than a historical commemoration, the exhibit is an appeal to humanity and morality that technological militarism and imperial policy be accountable for the continuing slaughter of innocents.

Interview With Hawaiian Slack Key Master Sonny Lim

Interview by Todd Lee

This is the second of two Azine interviews with two of the great contemporary Hawaiian Slack Key Masters.  The first was with Keoki Kahumoku. This interview is with Sonny Lim, who, like Keoki, comes from a rich family tradition of Hawaiian musicians and was one of the featured artists on Slack Key, Volume 2, which won the first Grammy awarded for Hawaiian music. 

Fight without Fear: GABRIELA, Fighting Patriarchy and Imperialism

by Amee Chew

On March 11, in honor of International Women's Day, INCITE! Boston Women of Color Against Violence held a film screening and fundraiser for GABRIELA, a mass-based women's organization in the Philippines. A packed audience of over 70 viewed a documentary on GABRIELA's activities, called "Fight Without Fear!," produced by local organizer Darlene Lombos.

Artists muse whether art follows life or life follows art

by Amee Chew

if i injected my flesh with silicon
did hundreds of situps a day
wore lacey push up bras
got surgery to correct my Asian single-eyelid
wore subtle lipstick, concealer, and gloss
made my gaze bruised with shadow and mascara
wore dainty stilleto heels and flippy skirts
got some hips
would you buy me then?

does market follow demand, or demand follow market?
i want to be the white girls of your wet dreams with million-dollar

WHAT TIME IS IT?: Post-Modernist Youth in War, Hip-Hop, and Radical Movement

by Taiyo Na

Note from author: i am a long-time reader of your fabulous zine. recently i was asked to write a chapter on an upcoming book on global youth cultures. i took the oppurtunity to reflect on the last 7 years of doing cultural work and really look at youth & cultural movements in historical context. the following is the first third of the chapter and the rest can be read on my blog site.


INTRODUCTION: Post-Modernist Movements


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