A few weeks ago, I got an invitation from the mayor’s office inviting me to a reception at Gracie Mansion to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. I was a bit surprised. As far as Asians go, I’m pretty bad. I was never in any Asian clubs in college, my math abilities are limited to calculating 20% tip (and even that is sometimes dicey.)
But I did write and star in a hit play that dealt with Asian-American identity and I am a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance. I’m pretty sure that is why I got invited, but I suppose I’ll never really know for sure. I’ve been going around asking every Asian person I know if they got invited too. No one else I know has, so I googled the event.
In past years, invitees have included eyeBLINK a “multicultural not-for-profit organization committed to promoting social change through theatre, dance, music and fashion,” the Sikh Coalition,The Foundation for Filipino Artist Youth Dance Group and something called The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. I’m not sure what they do, but they’re a serious-looking bunch, however “benevolent” they may be: see photo