Organizers for the first-ever Asian American summit "Beyond The Bad and The Ugly" on stereotypes have started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com.
The summit will be held in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum on March 23, 2013.
Asian American artists, academics, advocates and critics will gather for a candid discussion of negative and distorted images of Asians in U.S. popular culture — and how to address, erase or subvert them.
But since not everyone can be in Los Angeles on March 23 to attend the event, the organizers plan to use Indiegogo crowd-funding to underwrite the cost of hiring videographers to shoot, edit and upload all of the sessions at "Beyond the Bad and the Ugly" to the Internet for free viewing by anyone, forever.
"Beyond the Bad and the Ugly"'s organizers, Wall Street Journal Online columnist Jeff Yang and his fellow editors of the groundbreaking Asian American comics anthology Shattered are financing the summit itself together out of their own pockets and are currently asking for additional $7,500 in support on Indiegogo.
To contribute, visit their campaign page at: http://igg.me/at/beyondbadandugly
The Summit will take place from 9 am to 6:30 pm at L.A.’s Japanese American National Museum — a natural home for an event focused on the power of perception over the Asian American community’s destiny. It will be followed by Shattered's official book launch cocktail reception featuring live performances and signings by its creators.
Tickets will cost $15 for students, $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP admission, which includes reserved seating and a free copy of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (a $21.95 value!).
For more information on "Beyond The Bad and The Ugly," or to connect with participants for interviews, email organizer Jeff Yang at email@example.com.
"Beyond The Bad and The Ugly" will officially kick off Shattered’s 2013 tour, which will take Yang and his co-editors Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma to select cities and college campuses in the East, West and Midwest.