In the latest Strength in NUMBERS profile interview, we speak with rapper, writer, editor and ultimate entrepreneur, JKey. He’s featured on the album on the song “Oh Yeah!” with rappers, Rekstizzy and Hoya. JKey talks about his start in music, early musical influences, current projects, and taking the leap into pursuing music and creative projects full-time. 

For more information on JKey, check him out on social media:

Yuck of the day: Avril Lavigne’s new “Hello Kitty” video. With lyrics like

Hello Kitty, hello Kitty

Hello Kitty, you’re so pretty
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so silly

Mina sako arigato! Kawaii! [x2]
Kawaii! [x4]

one can barely stomach the song, but then add the video (full of “cute” things, east Asian back up dancers, candy, and toys) and I’m just completely done.




A Short Film. Written & Performed by Paul Tran. Directed & Editted by Jess X Chen. Sound Design by Anders Link.

"It’s called racial capitalism. The beauty industry of america has been taken over by a *sparkle* red blue *sparkle nail polish mafia, giving you the orient for cheap." - Paul Tran

Paul Tran, Brown University, is one of three winners of Best Poet at CUPSI 2013, along with Abbie Shain, and Natasha Huey. Jess X Chen was the coach of the Brown CUPSI Team, who won the Pushing the Art Forward Award.

Official Poster

Released in the April Issue of CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action


U.S. Military Operations in the Philippines, 2001-2013.


WHAT:  JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 74th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2014 or will graduate by of before September 2014.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County.  Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the JACCC. Internships are a full-time position running from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Those interested in applying for the position may submit the following no later than noon on Friday, May 2, 2014:

  • Resumé/CV

  • statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed)
  • First, middle & last name (if not on your CV)

  • Email, phone & address (if not on your CV)

  • College or university you are currently attending

  • Major/area(s) of study
  • Anticipated graduation date

  • 2 Letters of reference or contact info (email, phone) for 2 references: either a teacher, professor, or a former employer
  • Please note the dates of the JACCC’s 10 week program, as well as the requirements in the Getty link below, before submitting to make sure you are both eligible and available to participate in the program.

Preliminary candidates will be contacted to do an in person interview for the week of Monday, May 5, 2014. All applicants will be contacted by the week of May 12 with the final decisions.

Please note the following “Save The Dates” required intern events by the Getty Foundation:

  • Arts Summit (mandatory)
The Getty Center, Los Angeles: Monday, June 30, 2014 (all day, exact times TBA)

A day-long orientation for all interns participating in the Summer 2014 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Interns will be introduced to the program, meet with their Learning Community Hub Leaders, and attend panels highlighting career opportunities in the arts.
  • Learning Communities (two mandatory events)
Regional Hub Events Dates, Times, and Locations are TBD. These activities are meant to enhance the internship experience and expose interns to other organizations, arts professionals, and career opportunities in their area. Dates and times of hub meetings will vary, though interns must notify supervisors of scheduled activities in advance. Supervisors must allow interns to attend the two required events in their Learning Community.   

General information about the program and requirements:

WHERE:             Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street, in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles.

INFO:             For more information please contact Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext. 146.


Our piece of the puzzle.

We’re thrilled to invite you to Wikipedia APA, an editing event for improving and increasing the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia pertaining to Asian Pacific American (APA) experiences.

The first Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to APA content, this project will occur as physical events on May 10, 2014 in New York City and Washington DC, as well as by proxy – with participants taking part from all throughout the world.

Why Wiki?

Wikipedia is one of the most widely-used resources in the world for general information, but its Asian Pacific American field could use some expansion.

What else?

How to join

Whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedian, an APA studies scholar, or completely new to all of this, your voice is needed! There are a few ways to participate.

Remember, Wikipedia is a tool for and by the people – all levels of experiences are vital.


Attend an edit-a-thon on May 10, 2014

Join us in person or log in from home! Especially if you’ve never tried your hand at editing Wikipedia, our live events will be a great place to get your bearings.
You might find a new passion!

Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McMillan Education Center

New York City: Location TBA

Wherever you are: The cool thing about a Wikipedia edit-a-thon? You can do it at home in your  jammies!

More details to come, but let us know if you’re interested so we can update you!

Click through to the link to register and find out more! Hat tip to ECAASU.


Please join the Asian American / Asian Research Institute for a book talk, A Matter of Rats, by Amitava Kumar, on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 6PM to 8PM, at 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Amitava Kumar will read from his new non-fiction work, A Matter of Rats (Duke University Press, Spring 2013).

It is not only the past that lies in ruins in Patna, it is also the present. But that is not the only truth about the city that Amitava Kumar explores in this vivid, entertaining account of his home town. We accompany him on journeys and memories through many Patnas, the myriad cities locked within the city-the shabby reality of the present-day capital of Bihar; Pataliputra, the storied city of emperors; the dreamlike embodiment of the city in the minds and hearts of those who have escaped contemporary Patna’s confines. Full of fascinating observations and impressions, A Matter of Rats reveals a challenging and enduring city that exerts a lasting pull on all those who drift into its orbit.

Part memoir, part travelogue, Kumar’s ruminations on one of the world’s oldest cities, the capital of India’s poorest province, is also a meditation on how to write about place.

Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, filmmaker, and Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomband Nobody Does the Right Thing: A Novel, both also published by Duke University Press; Husband of a Fanatic: A Personal Journey through India, Pakistan, Love, and Hate, a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” selection; Bombay-London-New York, a New Statesman (UK) “Book of the Year” selection; and Passport Photos. 

To RSVP for this talk, please visit Please be prepared to present proper identification when entering the building lobby. 

For those unable to attend, watch the live webcast of the talk on our website homepage, beginning at 6:15PM EST, or catch the post-live video and audio podcast online the following week. For updates and to view videos from past events, please visit


Wonway Posibul - “Tree City Heights” feat. Denizen Kane, Taiyo Na, & Rachel Lastimosa

As well as being an MC/DJ I dabble a bit in theater. This past year I was blessed to act in a play called “Tree City Legends” which ran at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. The play was written by Dennis Kim aka emcee Denizen Kane of Typical Cats. The cast also featured another really talented emcee named Taiyo Na, and the beautiful vocals of Rachel Lastimosa and her band Dirty Boots.

Long story slightly shorter, being in this play was a life changing experience for me. The cast and crew all had a special connection with one another. As our run was coming to an end I decided to not take this connection for granted and suggested the emcees/vocalists involved work on a track together. All the verses and the chorus in this song are inspired by the play and (at least in my case) were written for our characters in the piece.

I reached out to my brother Ayentee (Secluded Journalists) to take on the role of producer not only making the beat, but structuring the order of verses and doing the final mix-down. Ant does a extraordinary job making the vocals sound like we were all in the same room when in fact they came from 3 different home studios in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York. Big shout to Dion Decibels as well who took time out to record Denizen’s & my vocals at his studio.

The success of the play in SF has given us the opportunity to tour as we’ll be heading to Philadelphia, PA in December 2012 to showcase it at the National Performance Network’s Annual Meeting ( The release of this song is a celebration of our upcoming travels and return to the stage together while also hopefully getting some of you folks on the east hyped to come out and see this amazing piece of work.

Thank you to my friends/castmates for your great contributions to this song and your great contribution to my life in general.


Wonway Posibul

cover art by Miguel “Bounce” Perez

(Source: hellotailor)



Would re-articulate a lot of this because I interview terribly, but such is the medium.