The Sulu Series: Hapa-palooza | Loving Day

The Sulu Series: Hapa-palooza

When and Where is the Event?

Date and Time: 
12/20/2009 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Bowery Poetry Club
Address Line 1: 
308 Bowery
New York
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
New York
United States

Event Details

Ticket or RSVP Requirements: 
Tickets required

The Sulu Artist Network proudly presents:

A night dedicated to hapa artists

What is hapa?

With Performances by:


MICHELLE MYERS is a spoken word poet, community activist, and educator. She is a founding member of the spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets; the group is best known for appearing on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. As a solo artist, Michelle is dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building positive relationships across communities. Her solo performance credits include the 2002 Vincent Chin Remembrance events in Detroit, MI; the 2005 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston, MA; the 2009 TruJustice Protest and Rally outside the Capitol Building in Austin, TX; and the 2009 Up in Arms benefit concert for Fong Lee’s family and to protest police brutality in Minneapolis, MN. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in English from Temple University; she currently teaches as an Assistant Professor and Reading/Writing Faculty Specialist in the Central Learning Lab at Community College of Philadelphia and serves as the faculty advisor for the Spoken Word Poetry Club. Finally, Michelle is a featured artist in Jessica Chen Drammeh’s documentary film Anomaly; the film explores the mixed race experience.


Born and raised in NYC, Una Aya Osato is a performer, educator and babysitter. Constantly finding new ways to weave her work together she is a performer who uses various mediums in order to communicate and address social-political issues to their full complexities and reach as many people as possible. Una has spent the past eight years teaching performing arts in middle schools and high schools across the country. For the last two years she has also been performing her latest one woman show 'Recess' in addition to leading workshops about the issues it raises in an array of venues nationally and internationally: from theaters to classrooms to community centers and prisons.


Samantha chanse is a writer & performer, teacher, and arts organizer who has been based in San Francisco since 2001. Her work has been presented with the NY International Fringe Festival, Kearny Street Workshop, The Marsh, Asian American Theater Company, and others, and she has performed standup at various comedy venues including the Laugh Factory, Punchline, and a number of dimly lit bars. She has two solo shows, "Lydia’s Funeral Video" and "Back to the Graveyard", which she recently performed at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in NYC. She co-founded multidisciplinary artist salon series Laundry Party, served as KSW’s artistic director, and recently embarked on a bicoastal lifestyle to pursue a MFA in playwriting at her native NYC's Columbia University.


Koba is an inventive, irreverent and unrepentantly radical hip-hop vocalist slash producer hailing from Harlem, New York. For five years he entertained audiences from coast to coast as part of the Asian-American hip-hop group Kontrast, culminating with the release of their album Pencils. In an increasingly corporate and homogenous genre drowning in the illusory pursuit of bling, exaggerated portrayals of thuggery and the relegation of women to video objects, Koba is working to forge a new musical synthesis. Mixing a gritty musical gumbo consisting of the honeyed melodies of soul, the bounce of Southern hip-hop and the poetry and swaggering wit of today's best lyricists, Koba brings a vibrant sense of urgency fueled by his firmly internationalist world view. "It's not enough to live in nostalgia for the days of Public Enemy," Koba points out, "if it ain't fresh it ain't shit." In his quest for freshness Koba enlists help from Toronto-based co-producer Gamshooter of All Day Productions and the formidable DJ Boo, also of the Juggaknots, who provides the backbone to their sweat-drenched live show.

Koba and DJ Boo have rocked at venues and schools across the country like the future depends on it, sharing the stage with Talib Kweli, Slum Village, dead prez, Last Emperor, Immortal Technique, Medusa, Vernon Reid, C Rayz Walz, X-Ecutioners, Outernational and others at such venues as SOB's, the Knitting Factory, the Wetlands, CBGB's, the Lion's Den, the Middle East and elsewhere. Koba is currently working on his debut solo album Culture War slated for a summer 2008 release. As an aspiring mountaineer it is only fitting that he fights to bring hip-hop to the heights.


This event is sponsored by:


Loving Day is an organization dedicated to creating a common connection between multicultural communities, groups and individuals. They look to build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity. Through educating the public about the history of interracial relationships they also hope to counteract prejudice and racial injustices.


Hosted by Regie Cabico, curated by Artistic Director Taiyo Na, with music by resident crowd mover DJ Boo, and brought to you by the Sulu Artist Network, the Sulu Series, named after Sulu of Star Trek - the first Asian American character to venture into unknown galactic quadrants - and a remote island in the Philippines, features Asian American performers in music, spoken word, video and multidisciplinary performances from the local and national scenes.

Doors open at 8PM

$8 General Admission
$5 Students

308 Bowery
(Between Houston & Bleecker)
New York, NY 10012

F-Train to 2nd Avenue
6-Train to Bleecker