I, unlike many people on earth, like to get the focus of the room on me so I can get people to do things. I'm a natural salesperson. I like the challenge. I probably just like the attention. But it's that much better when I can help raise funds for awesome organizations and causes that I heart very much.
The Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) is an all volunteer-led Chinatown Los Angeles-based community organization is best known for fighting off a Wal-mart from locating in the neighborhood (for now). They are also building the foundation for allowing the real residents and small businesses of Chinatown to have a voice in how the neighborhood changes. I like that.
I also like that they are a multi-ethnic and multi-generational group that cares about good things.
BTW: I get freaked out when I meet older Asian parental types who speak fluent English to the point that they can give me shit and crack jokes at my expense. I was much to used to having old immigrant parents who didn't know better when my brothers and I would talk shit about them behind their backs but like right in front of their faces. Is that wrong?
Anyways. I got to share the stage with the legendary Nobuko Miyamoto, David Wong, and the community-minded Pinoy MCs "Shining Sons." AND one of the pioneers of Asian American studies and Ethnic Studies Glenn Omatsu was in the house!
The crowd was amazing. Here they are! Being awesome in this short video below!
It was a good night.