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I Get So Emotional, Baby: Queer Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Writing in the Time of AIDS
September 22 @ 3:00 pm
AIDS devastated the API creative community in Los Angeles. In spite of this, or because of it, AIDS also attracted many writers to the movement. Through their works, these API writers raised HIV awareness in immigrant communities that were supposedly averse to discussing sex and disease. And they did it without compromising the radical and sex-positive ideals from the AIDS movement. Mostly shut out of mainstream publishing at the time, they asserted both their works and bodies in unexpected places, and in the process, helped hatch a vibrant political community among queer APIs in the city. The panel features writers who were AIDS activists and former staff of the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. They will read from their works and discuss how they combined their creativity and activism and how the AIDS movement continues to influence their writing today.