Always Be My Maybe Roundtable Discussion
Join DJ Kuttin Kandi, for our first and special episode on the film, “Always Be My Maybe” featuring community organizer, Trinh Le, Asian American and Hip Hop writer/blogger, Joy Ng and disabled activist and media maker, Alice Wong. This special episode intends to celebrate the poignant parts of the film and the impact it has on Asian Americans and across other communities of color. Together, we work through the tensions of calling-in one another to deepen and expand the work of inclusivity, visibility and representation with not just pop culture and entertainment but how we can dig in and examine ourselves, our organizing and our cultural organizing work.
Joy Ng aka Joyskii (on social media) is a San Francisco born-and-raised Asian American community service worker, events organizer, and writer. Joy majored in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, where she developed her research on Hip Hop and Asian American resistance, identity, and impact. Drawing from the roots of radical 1960s Bay Area social movements, her research examines Hip Hop as a vehicle for social justice, in carved out spaces— from classrooms to rap shows. Joy’s goal is to contribute to the body of research and literature on the topic of Asian American Hip Hop, and shares her work online in the format of short essays and blogs. Joy also authors a series of non-fiction short stories called High Tides. Her work was recently published in a San Francisco anthology of writers of color, titled Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers of Color (2018). Pro-nouns are she/hers. Alice Wong is an Asian American disabled activist, media maker, and consultant based in San Francisco. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture. You can find her on Twitter @SFdirewolf . Pro-nouns are she/hers. Trinh Le is one of five children from a Vietnamese refugee family and grew up in a low-income, immigrant, single-parent household. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and Asian American Studies. She has organized in many diverse communities in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast before coming back to San Diego. Trinh worked at the Center on Policy Initiatives as an organizer in 2011 and has worked on numerous campaigns including the Property Value Protection Ordinance, Project Labor Agreements, and the Community Budget Alliance. While at CPI she was the Director of Leadership Development, and oversaw CPI’s leadership development initiatives such as the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) and the Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) program. Trinh has over 10 years of organizing experience and has been on the board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) San Diego chapter, Mid-City CAN in City Heights, and the San Diego Leadership Alliance. She received “Most Valuable Organizer of the Year,” award in 2013 by the New Organizing Institute, a commendation by the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission in 2015, and was one of the eight recognized “Present Day San Diego Women Civil Rights Leaders” by Rise San Diego in 2017. She recently earned her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Pro-nouns are she/hers.