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ECAASU 2010 -- Summary by Jordan White 
8th-Mar-2010 05:43 am
Ok, I have been waiting awhile to do this because...I don't even know when to begin. The last three or so days have been such a whirlwind of hard work, huge reward and positivity that I feel like the characters from The Hangover but in a good way. So much stuff went on and so many good feelings have overwhelmed me that I had a hard time figuring out how I can sum this up.

So, I figured I would write a few words, then put some pictures under an LJ cut and then embed the two videos of the talk.

Well to start I had the easiest ride, a simple two and a half hours on a train from North New Jersey to Philly. Lori, who I met after sampling the movies on show flew in from British Columbia and Mike & Dariane flew in from California. Mike has never been here before, so it was kind of fun to watch him think that 50 degree weather was freezing and him getting up at 7am EST when to him it felt like 5am EST. Poor Mike.

Anyhow, we all met together on Friday evening. We all checked into the Arch Building on the HUGE Philly campus, everything was conveniently located and all the people were super nice. As a New Jerseite/New Yorker, that was a huge shock. We all got free gifts and great treatment from the staff. We then all went out to eat and stated talking over our game plan. It's then I realized that since my laptop has a camera built in, I can set up a UStream to broadcast our talk LIVE over the internet and record the entire thing that way instead of just using my Camera.

We then set up internet and attended the absolutly amazing Opening Ceramonies. I think it was then that we realised that we were in the right crowed. Half the people there knew who I was and what Racebending did and the people who knew aligned with us imediatly without question. They are very pationate people who want to change the world, the very kind of people we need to combat Paramount.

Quick funny story: We only met one guy (who was Asian) who tried to argue with us that he did not see this was a big deal. He was talking to Dariane at the Secret Identities table (who gave us table space and promoted us during their workshop) when Jerry Ma and the rest of the SI crew overheard and they started to talk to him. Shortly after, the man was surrounded by 30 random people who also overheard the argument and who started to argue with him and he decided to dropped out when he realized he was in the minority of the opinion. I wish I was there to record that but I thought you guys should at least know cool stuff like this!

So we soon found our room and we got set up. We did some test runs of the slides and we had an amazing room. Wrap Around Chalkboard. Huge Projector. Computer. High Speed Wi-Fi Internet. Now, since we often get bombarded by ignorant racists *coughAvatarSpiritcough* we had our expectations low, like we expected like two people to show up. Maybe max ten?

Turn out all those fliers we handed out, buttons we gave away and T-Shirts we sold payed off. Both sessions of our workshop it was PACKED! You can see in the photos, we were in a room designed to hold 30 people but we had at least 35 up to 50 people cramming them self's into that room. People sat on the floor and stood up, sat on desks. They were very responsive, had a ton of questions and were an amazing crowed to deal with. The big shock for me was that the sponsors who represented the US Navy showed up IN UNIFORM because they heard about the issue and are strongly against the movie! @,@;

So enough blabbing about how amazing it was, here are some pictures and then the two videos of the event.


















Click Above To See Bigger Panorama!










From Left to Right: Lori, Jordan (Me), Mike and Dariane!

Workshop #1


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5238692

Workshop #2


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5236458

P.S. YouTube video with a Greatest Hit's ECAAASU Mash Up will be up sometime this week. Also, look forward to write ups from other members.

Next: WONDERCON 2010! =D
Comments 
8th-Mar-2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Wooooo! I'm so glad you guys had a great turnout, this is wonderful news. :D

Also, I really like the shirts in blue. *grins*
8th-Mar-2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Quick funny story:

When I was working registration at the APIA Spoken Word Summit last year, we had an asian guy who showed up on the third day, hadn't bothered to read anything about the event online, wanted to bring his white friend in to the workshops ("because it was his birthday"), wasn't happy to hear about the issues of safe space, or interested in having said friend come to the many open-to-the-public performances, and, in the end, the asian guy only came to maybe 2 hours of the actual 4 day event, and then complained at the review that the space was unfriendly to white folks...

And this was in oh-so-liberal Berkeley.

Some people really do live by the maxim, "Not without a white savior" it seems. Uncle Ruckus types really do hate to see a bunch of POC get together and have "a thing" of any type- their protests must be made, otherwise they might lose their "White Approval Card", at least in their mind.
8th-Mar-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, and said asian guy also tried to get in for free by name dropping a bunch of people. so... yeah.
8th-Mar-2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yea, I was so glad that me myself never encountered anything like that. It was one big ball of positivity where we where. It's the closest I think I will ever feel (yet) to being a rock star.
8th-Mar-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
That looks awesome! I'm so sad I couldn't make it down there.
8th-Mar-2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
The big shock for me was that the sponsors who represented the US Navy showed up IN UNIFORM because they heard about the issue and are strongly against the movie!

Okay, that is awesome.
9th-Mar-2010 01:40 am (UTC)
THIS.
9th-Mar-2010 03:21 am (UTC)
IKR? I love our servicemen. <3
9th-Mar-2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
WOW; that's the coolest thing I've heard so far.
10th-Mar-2010 03:17 am (UTC)
IAWTC.
8th-Mar-2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Great writeup! Just a note, the SI guy was Jerry Ma - Gene Yang didn't attend ECAASU.

Jerry's a great guy and tells it how it is. He's given us great advice on fighting for Asian American issues and is always slugging on the side of Racebending.com.
8th-Mar-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Correction noted and changed!

Oh and are you are going to upload your photos/videos?

And do you have videos of just like the lobby in the conference doing stuff. I forgot to record stuff like that. =P
8th-Mar-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
this is amazing!
8th-Mar-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
thats awesome!!!! great turnout!
9th-Mar-2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Super glad everything went smoothly! It's definitely an inspiring success.
9th-Mar-2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Glad to hear what a productive and amazing experience this was for you guys and for Racebending in general! Thanks for always putting yourselves out there, being a great, eloquent representation for the movement, and generally being the most awesome crew we could ask for ^_^ (And big thanks for all the speakers like glockgal who had to travel so far for this!)
9th-Mar-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I am so proud of you guys for all your hard work! Also, I'm loving your presentation as I'm watching it right now. I wish I could throw you some kind of congratulatory/thank you pizza party, or something. xD
9th-Mar-2010 02:31 am (UTC)
We were actually fantasizing of holding like a private con like next year and like, if everyone on here showed up to that so we could see people face to face. No AvatarSpirits allowed. =P

I think simply boycotting the movie/buying a T-Shirt is enough.
9th-Mar-2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Very cool and an awesome write up! I can only imagine what Wondercon is going to be like. I'm totally passing along all the video workshop bits. The more I show people around me who are either pro casting or indifferent about what's going on and the more they see and hear, the more they drift over to seeing what we're talking about.
9th-Mar-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
So amazing. Thank you guys for all you do!

Any chance of events in the midwest? As an impoverished grad student, I can't afford to fly out to the east or west coast from Wisconsin...and I wonder if there's anything racebending.com-ish happening in my area?
9th-Mar-2010 03:43 am (UTC)
You can always start one. ;D
9th-Mar-2010 04:24 am (UTC)
LOL the thought had occurred to me....
9th-Mar-2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Spectacular job outta all you guys! Thanks for spreadin' for word!

That Navy dude in attendance is lookin' real sharp, too.
9th-Mar-2010 04:47 am (UTC)
I haven't had the chance to watch the vids yet, but I want to thank all of those who presented. :D
9th-Mar-2010 06:30 am (UTC)
This is so amazing & uplifting. Kudos to you & the team for all the work you put into the panels -- it look like it paid off!
9th-Mar-2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Awesome job! I really enjoyed watching the videos!
9th-Mar-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent work once again! Makes me wish I could've gone and helped out, too. YAY LOTS OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING US. \o/
12th-Mar-2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
"The big shock for me was that the sponsors who represented the US Navy showed up IN UNIFORM because they heard about the issue and are strongly against the movie! @,@;"

Whoa, there is hope for this country after all. My faith has been restored...thank you and anchors aweigh! :D
13th-Mar-2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Is it alright if I add a couple of the ECAASU pics to Aang-Aint-White on deviantART? Credits will be included on all of em ^^
13th-Mar-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
They are all my pictures so go a head. YouTube will be up on Monday.
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