R117. Welcome to the Party: Asian American Open Mics in Southern California as Sites of Resistance

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As community organizers of Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) open mics in Southern California—Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Santa Ana—we give brief histories of our respective spaces. We discuss the practical, artistic, and sociopolitical intentions of encouraging and continuing work for our communities and neighborhoods. We share how Los Angeles/Southern California is part of a nationwide network of AAPI artists creating and sharing stories and narratives in collaborative space.



Janice Lobo Sapigao is a poet, writer, and educator. Her first book, Microchips for Millions, is forthcoming from PAWA, Inc. She cofounded an open mic in Los Angeles called Sunday Jump. She teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. Visit her website: janicewrites.com

Eddy M. Gana Jr. is a spoken word artist and emcee based in Los Angeles. He is cofounder and resident host of Sunday Jump in Historic Filipinotown, and a member of spoken word duo, Steady. He is literary arts curator of 23rd FPAC. He facilitated workshops at youth conferences, and he was featured at Tuesday Night Café and more.

Myca Tran

Stephanie Sajor

Sean Miura is a writer, performer, and community organizer. He is the producer and lead curator of Little Tokyo's Tuesday Night Café, the nation’s oldest Asian American open mic/art series.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center