OUR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD: “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego is no longer a costume party!

WE DID IT! Because of the outpouring of support, the organizer of the Asian Bar Crawl has decided to get rid of the costume party portion of the event and made some additional changes (stated in her letter).

Although the event is still not perfect, we have decided to no longer boycott it, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with the event organizer so that we can prevent something like this from happening in San Diego again.

Thank you everyone who made this possible! We would also like to acknowledge all the organizations who supported us in this effort:

Anakbayan San Diego
Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance at the University of California San Diego
Asian Pacific American Coalition San Diego
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) – San Diego
Bibak San Diego Youth
Breaking the Silence Against Domestic Violence
Kaibigang Pilipin@ at the University of California San Diego
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP)
Little Saigon Foundation
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) – Region 10
Pacific Arts Movement
Philippine American Youth Organization
Queer People of Color at University of California San Diego
The ReNEWell Center
San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
San Diego Community Leadership Development Institute
Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA)

In solidarity,

Linda Le & Trinh Le


BOYCOTT “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego

Boycott "Asian Bar Crawl" in San Diego

NAPAWF-SD is mobilizing folks to boycott the upcoming “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego (http://www.facebook.com/events/194049470764732/).

See the flyer for the “Asian Bar Crawl” event here:

Please read our letter below. If your organization would like to sign onto the letter, please let us know by Saturday (9/21) noon as we plan on sending the letter to the promoters and all 7 restaurant owners that afternoon. Please also spread the word.

Thank you!

Our letter:

Dear “Asian Bar Crawl” promoters and restaurant owners,

We recently learned about your Asian Bar Crawl event on Sunday, September 22nd, and we have concerns about the way the event is being represented and publicized, particularly the images of costume ideas you display on your website and Facebook event.

While the costume ideas may be seen as a joke or are intended to be “for fun” at the event, they are horribly offensive and inaccurate representations for many Asians and Asian Americans. They reduce Asian cultures and traditions to a few stale, narrow stereotypes, when ironically, the purpose of your event is to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, not demean it.

In the spirit of celebrating and respecting these cultures and their histories, we ask that you hold off on the “sexy geisha kimono.” Your costume suggestions are blatantly misogynistic and racist.

In fact, we ask that you remove the entire costume portion of the bar crawl.

If you are going to make a profit from this event, we suggest donating and supporting Mid-Autumn New Year Festivals organized by local Asian American communities, to get a better sense of the meaning and history behind the festival and the real communities that are a part of it. The history and spirit of the mid-autumn festival has nothing to do with cosplay.

Here are website links to a few local events and an article, which elaborates why the costumes you promote are offensive and not appropriate to advertise:

Little Saigon Foundation’s Lantern Festival

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Family Moon Festival

“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume”

We hope to be able to resolve this situation with you soon. Until then, we will mobilize with Asian American, Pacific Islander and other supportive organizations to spread the word and boycott this event.


National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – San Diego Chapter (NAPAWF-SD)

AAPI Women/Womyn in Academia Panel

AAPI Women in Academia Panel Flyer

Join NAPAWF San Diego and the Women’s International Center in this panel highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander women in academia. Be sure to come ready to this community dialogue with questions and a notepad!

Also: there will be a chance to win books from the professors in a RAFFLE!
5:30-8:00PM / Panel starts at 6PM

BAMBOO LOUNGE in Hillcrest, in their lovely back patio
1475 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Please RSVP here and/or email Lindangocle@gmail.com. Capacity for seating is at 50. Happy Hour refreshments & drinks available for purchase from Bamboo Lounge!

Kirin Amiling Macapugay, MSW, is the event’s emcee.

Kirin serves as a Commissioner for the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Operation Samahan. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from San Diego State University, focusing on program development, resource development, and community relations. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She also serves on the boards for the San Diego Association of Fundraising Professionals, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, BIBAK San Diego, Kalingas North America Network, and is an adviser for the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum San Diego Chapter. She is a member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce as well as the nonpartisan Black American Political Association of California.


Amanda Solomon Amorao, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Asian & Pacific Studies Program, SDSU
Executive Director, Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

Amanda Solomon Amorao received her Ph.D. in Literature in 2011 from the University of California at San Diego. She specializes in Asian Pacific American literature generally and Filipino American cultural studies specifically. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Asian and Pacific Studies Program at San Diego State University, but has been associate faculty at UC San Diego’s Literature and Ethnic Studies Departments as well as lecturer in the Critical Gender Studies and Humanities Programs. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, a non-profit educational organization focused on intergenerational mentorship, social justice, and bringing critical Filipino American Studies to the local San Diego community.

Anne S. Bautista, Esq.
Legal Program Director

Ms. Anne S. Bautista is the Legal Program Director for the VAWA Legal Program. She is an immigration attorney specializing in representing immigrant victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She began the VAWA Legal Program at Access, Inc. in 1998 and has successfully represented thousands of women and children under VAWA. Ms. Bautista is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Western School of Law (CWSL) teaching two courses: Women and Immigration Law, a course which takes a critical look at the effect of immigration laws and policies on women immigrating to the United States, and the Immigration Seminar and Clinical Field Placement: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Bautista has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of victims and survivors and has trained both advocates and students on the protections available to immigrant victims under VAWA.

Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D.
Public Relations Professor, SDSU
Consultant in Public Relations Research & Strategy

Dr. Sha’s primary research program combines theories of mathematical physics with public relations scholarship. Her other research areas include cultural identity, international public relations, activism and gender. Dr. Sha’s scholarly work has been published in Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Promotion Management, as well as various book chapters. In the San Diego community, Dr. Sha is active in the Public Relations Society of America, in the Union of Pan-Asian Communities, and in Parent Teacher Associations at the school, school district, county and state levels. Nationally, Dr. Sha served the Public Relations Society of America as the 2010-2011 chair of the National Committee on Work, Life & Gender. Currently, she chairs the research work group of the Universal Accreditation Board, which oversees the world’s largest certification program in public relations.

Valerie Ooka Pang, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Teacher Education, SDSU

Valerie Ooka Pang is a professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She has published eight books such as Multicultural Education: A Caring-centered, Reflective Approach (2nd ed, 2010) and Struggling To Be Heard: The Unmet Needs of Asian American Children with L. Cheng (1998). In addition, Pang has published in various journals including Educational Researcher, Harvard Educational Review, The Kappan, The Journal of Teacher Education, Action in Teacher Education, and Social Education. Pang has consulted with organizations such as Sesame Street, Family Communications (Producers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood), and Scott Foresman.

Yến Lê Espiritu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

Originally from Vietnam, Yen Le Espiritu is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has published widely on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism and wars in Asia. She is completing a book on the politics of commemoration of the Vietnam War.

We look forward to seeing you at this AMAZING and FIERCE PANEL!