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Hella Asian: The Comeback

Date and Time
Thursday, June 30, 2022 7:00 PM (PT)

The Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and KQED Live present an evening of live storytelling and performances, reflecting the experiences and creative voices of local Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and communities.

The event's theme is "The Comeback", where writers, editors, podcasters and other storytellers celebrate the resilience of the AAPI community after two difficult years of increased anti-Asian racism, and the joyful ways that their communities exist. The stories will bring their perspectives, imaginations, and expressive dynamism to the stage and center the unique intersections of AAPI identities that give shape to a Bay Area culture that is hella Asian.


Ericka Cruz Guevarra, Host of KQED's The Bay
JP Dobrin, Filmmaker
Barnali Ghosh, Community Historian & Artist
Michelle Mush Lee, Poet & Executive Director of Youth Speaks
Richard Liu, MSNBC & NBC News Anchor, Author, and Filmmaker
Sonia Paul, Journalist
Wendy Tokuda, Former Primetime Anchor for KPIX CBS5, KRON4 and NBC4


5:30pm - Doors Open with Food & Drinks
7:00pm -  Show
9:00pm -  Post-Show Afterparty with Dessert & Drinks


Food & Beverage

Alongside these amazing stories, you’ll enjoy bites from local AAPI chefs, some of the most enticing names in the Bay Area culinary scene: Taiwanese street food pop-up El Chino Grande, Filipino-Japanese restaurant Ox & Tiger and Korean tofu specialist Joodooboo

Also, sip drinks from our AAPI-owned beverage: Dokkabier, Hobo WinesVERVET.

Admission includes two food tickets and one drink ticket that all attendees will receive upon arrival at check-in. Additional food and drinks can be purchased on-site -- proceeds will benefit scholarships and grants for AAPI journalists and students.


This event is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, which is sponsored by Comcast.