Lunar New Year / Spring Banquet 2009

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 in News Archive, Past Banquets, Past Events

Legendary Palace Restaurant, Oakland, Saturday, April 4, 2009, 5pm-11pm

Please click here todownload and print a copy of our banquet invitation.

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Just register online with a small fee


Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. One born in the year of the ox is known to be a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint. They are most compatible with Snake, Rooster, and Rat people.


A portion of this year’s Banquet proceeds will go to a new scholarship fund. The APIQWTC Scholarship supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical / professional training or higher education.  The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourage future leaders. The scholarship fund is strictly segregated from the APIQWTC general operating fund.  For additional scholarship information or application contact Amy Sueyoshi at .

Make a donation to the scholarship fund with your reservations today!


oxIt’s the Year of the OXOXOXOXOX!

And APIQWTC is inviting you to join us for our 22nd Annual Lunar New Year / Spring Banquet!!!  Come see old friends and make new ones.  And, the food and performance is going to be fabulous!!!  Our banquet has been a sold-out event for the last few years and space is limited, so reserve your seats ASAP !!

**** Registration with PayPal is closed! ****

This year’s entertainment is loaded with LOTS of FUN !!

Phoenix Award Honorees:

Helen Zia
Helen Zia

Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. More recently, she was one of the 2008 Summer Olympic torch runners and has been part of the fight to defend her love and marriage to her long-time partner, Lia Shigemura, against Prop 8.








Fabulous Community Performance:

 jamaesori Jamaesori  -Read Bio-
Jamaesori (Sister Sound) is a small troupe of progressive women of Korean descent who use traditional Korean drumming to support their communities.



GAPA DanceGAPA Dance Company  -Read Bio-
Founded in 1990, GAPA Dance provides a nurturing artistic environment for queer API dancers and choreographers. This co-gender dance group and its dance repertoire has featured a varied number of dance styles, including hip hop, modern, traditional ethnic, and fusion.

Mr. WuMr. Wu  -Read Bio-
An amazing performer and story teller!!! Mr. Wu was a member of Slickk Bois, winners of the best drag troupe at San Francisco’s 11th annual drag king competition.

Speed Dating
Silent Auction
Raffle Prize Drawings

And More!!

Please also join us for the fabulous after-party at
Velvet in Oakland.
More info to follow…















Free commemorative mugs – one per each guest.  A must-add to your APIQWTC mug collection!!!  (This year’s design is top secret! Come and find out.)   -Back to Top-



Saturday, April 4, 2009

5pm – 6pm Registration & Socializing
(Come early – open seating!)
6pm – 7:30pm Dinner served
7:30pm – 8:30pm Entertainment Program
8:30pm – 9:30pm Speed Dating!

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Legendary PalaceLocation:

Legendary Palace
708 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 663-9188Click restaurant name to visit their website.

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Since space is limited, reservation is guaranteed by a check or a PayPal transaction.  Please send in your RSVP form or reserve online soon, the banquet usually sells out. All payments are non-refundable after March 27.

SPONSOR — This year, consider being a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Sponsor!  Gold and Platinum Sponsors will be recognized for their generous support in the banquet program under the “Thank You Sponsors” section. Of course if you chose to be an anonymous sponsor, we would gladly honor your wish.

Category Price
Earth Ox Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
$450 (reserved table seats 10 adults)
$100 (one meal and acknowledgement)
$75   (one meal and acknowledgement)
$100 (two meals)
Individuals $38 postmarked by 3/23
$45 after 3/23
Seniors/Students $25 (Please present ID at the door)
Children $15 (3-13 yrs)
FREE (younger than 3 yrs)
Seniors/Students $25 (Please present ID at the door)


Due to the tremendous success of online registration last year, we are excited to offer it again. So, if you hardly ever write checks these days and can’t find your checkbook or if you’d like to rack up some frequent flier points on your credit card, try out our new online registration and PayPal payment method. Note that there is a 4% handling fee to cover the added costs for these services.

To summarize, there are three ways to register for the banquet:  -Back to Top-

OPTION 1:  Fill out a blank registration form by hand and mail in with your check (there is no handling fee for this service).

Just download and fill out the RSVP form, make your check payable to “API Banquet”, and mail to:

API Banquet
238 xxxxxx Avenue
Axxxxxxxa, CA 94501

OPTION 2:  Fill out a registration form online and mail your check (there is a 4% handling fee for this service) to the address above.

Registration with PayPal is now closed!

OPTION 3:  Fill out a registration form online and pay by PayPal (there is a 4% handling fee for this service).

Registration with PayPal is now closed!


Menu:   -Back to Top-

Bamboo with Seafood Soup
Appetizer Platter
Peking Spareribs
Honey Walnut Prawns
Ying-Yang Vegetables
Salt & Pepper Crabs
Roasted Chicken
Vegetarian Delight
Yang Chow Fried Rice
Open Bar


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– Wheelchair accessible
– We will make all efforts to accommodate special requests.
– Partial or whole scholarships are available, if you volunteer!!!
– Parking on the street and parking garages nearby.
– Easy accessible by BART



Volunteers are welcome. To volunteer for the banquet, please contact Ginny Eng at with subject ‘API Banquet’. A limited number of scholarships are available for our volunteers.

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   Performer’s Bios

Mr. Wu

Debbie Chang was born in Nagano, Japan. Adopted by Chinese-Americans at a young age, she was raised in Sacramento, California. Growing up she always had a love for the arts whether through performance, illustration, or story telling. She first began performing as a drag king in 2006 under the name “Mr Wu Her.” Wu was a member of the Sacramento-based group, “The Slickk Bois”, who went on to win the title for best drag troupe at San Fransisco’s 11th annual drag king competition. Although the Slickk Bois soon after disbanded, Debbie remains performing thought-provoking and avant garde drag to this day for a plethora of different events and causes. Wu is honored to be present at this yearʼs APIQWTC Lunar New Year Banquet 2009.
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Jamaesori (“Sister Sound”)

Jamaesori (”Sister Sound”) is a group of women and transgender people of Korean descent who use traditional Korean drumming to support social justice movements. We are an intergenerational group of Korean-Americans, Korean adoptees, hapas and Korean nationals who identify as community activists and artists. Jamaesori uses Pilbong style Pungmul, a participatory folk art tradition, to coalesce around the expression of communal hopes and to overcome sorrow and hardship.  Since being founded in 1991, Jamaesori has taken inspiration from the spirit of Pungmul and contributed to the vitality of our community by participating in numerous events, celebrations and protests. We play to recognize our culture, to honor our history and to rally in shaping our future.
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GAPA Dance Company

With support from Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, GAPA Dance Company was founded in 1990 to provide a nurturing artistic environment for queer Asian & Pacific Islander dancers and choreographers. The Dance Company is co-gender and its dance repertoire has featured a varied number of dance styles, including hip hop, modern, traditional ethnic, and fusion. In addition to producing its own repertory programs, performances have included appearances at the United States of Asian America Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, APAture, San Francisco’s Gay Pride Celebration, East Bay Pride, and GAPA’s Runway Pageant.
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