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Dance your heart out & smash the 105 Keefer piñata at the Thank You Dance Party on Sat, Sept 16
Eat cake, watch Sid Chow Tan's films and play some cheeky anti-gentry games
Let's take a moment to celebrate our 10 years of relentless resistance against Beedie's 105 Keefer gentrifier condo by dancing the gentrifiers away!
Through all the battles we've fought, some won and some lost, one thing remains clear: gentrifiers might have money, but we have community. As a finale to the series of summer protest cultural events to occupy 105 Keefer, let's celebrate community and our collective work with some witty fun, cake, dim sum dancing, games, and film!
What to expect:
Music by DJs WHICHNANCY 李南屏, TRAXXSTAR 梁家傑, and FAGOFCOLOUR 牛奶哥
Cheeky anti-gentry carnival games like smash 105 Keefer piñata, pin the clown nose, slipper smack bad vibes, and other hilarious games you need to show up to see for yourself
Film screening of late community activist Sid Chow Tan's films of Chinatown activism (start time ~8:30 or 9pm)
"Eat 105 Keefer" cake (actual delicious Chinatown-sourced cake)
Dim sum dinner
Nostalgic childhood snacks and drinks from Chinatown (think Yakult and VITA)
唐人街開咪 Give The Mic Back to Chinatown | Open mic & Comedy & Karaoke (Sun, Sept 17 2-5pm)
In collaboration with UniCome, a grassroots Chinese Queer Feminist collective, we’re excited to announce our upcoming community event to Give the Mic Back to Chinatown.
Join us on September 17th from 2 to 5 PM for an engaging program that features stand-up comedy performances in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, an open mic session, and karaoke.
We encourage you to sign up for the open mic session on the day of the event. Share your unique stories, whether they are about immigration experiences, reflections on racism, gentrification, or delve into topics related to the meaning of "home," cultural appropriation, language justice, and beyond. We welcome all forms of expression: poem, storytelling, singing, jokes, or sharing of ongoing thoughts…
Together, let's dismantle the stereotypes, build solidarity, connect with real individuals and their experiences, and reflect on the relationships between international students, new immigrants, different generations of the Chinese diaspora, and Chinatown itself.