Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Zhenxing Jiang deportation case!

**please scroll down for upcoming show info!

hello! please help support and follow the Zhenxing Jiang deportation case! Briefly:

In early February "during a regularly scheduled meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) here in Philadelphia, a Chinese immigrant woman, Mrs. Zhenxing Jiang, reported for her regularly scheduled meeting with ICE officials. She informed ICE that she was pregnant with twins, at which point they told her she was illegal (she had exhausted her appeals in 2002 and was trying to reopen her case) and had to be deported immediately. While her husband and children waited for her to finish her appointment, she was dragged out the back door of the building into a waiting van and driven to JFK Airport. According to reports, she was denied adequate food and water and pushed and shoved during the course of the transportation. Mrs. Jiang complained of severe stomach pains and requested medical help which she says were ignored. At the airport, Mrs. Jiang's screams of pain upset bystanders who insisted that immigration officials call an ambulance. They finally agreed, and she was brought to a hospital where it was found she had miscarried her twins.

please contact for more info:


215-563-6076; 215-808-1400 (c) "

Friday, February 17, 2006

2006 Asian Arts Initiative Artists Exchange (Artists X Change)

**upcoming show! Philadelphia!

2006 Asian Arts Initiative Artists Exchange (Artists X Change)

Friday, March 17, 8pm - Artists Showcase

$8 admission; $6 for members

Artists Showcase

Please join us as the Asian Arts Initiative opens its 2006 Artist Exchange with a multidisciplinary showcase featuring Mango Tribe and existing work from this year’s accepted artists:

Rodney Camarce - Philadelphia, PA

Ching-In Chen - Boston, MA

Sham-e-Ali al-Jami - Cary, NC

Mytili Jagannathan - Philadelphia, PA

Pradeepa Jeevamanoharan - Minneapolis, MN

Achinta McDaniel - Venice, CA

Michelle Myers - Swedesboro, NJ

Alison Park - Philadelphia, PA

Hanalei Ramos - Jersey City, NJ

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha - Toronto, ON

Kristina Wong - Los Angeles, CA


Lots of construction on every page, as this website is birthed from the boredom of a Friday night, where I am babysitting. Amidst school, friends, love, and the rest of it, life is somewhat turbulent. I am currently hassling the hell out of two wonderful women I will call Tekla and AM, as my first chapbook reaches completion! They are helping me with cover art and layout respectively, and I couldn't be more grateful than to have these two women see me through this first time o' mine. I'll admit: I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I"M DOING! So, kindly await Letters to Martha as it will be ready in March 2006! How exciting! I will finally have a chappy of my own. GO ME!

Quick Bio

Hanalei Ramos is a very nice person and a stereotypical aquarius. FACT: while it is a common misconception that “aquarius, the water bearer” is a water sign, it is not. It is actually an air sign! Other than that, she is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a mass-based organization for Filipinas in the NYC area. Hanalei has also toured around the country as a performer and is the author of Foiled Stars, Letters to Martha, and the one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know. Hanalei currently lives and works in her native Jersey City, NJ. For more information about her, please visit

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