Yoni Ki Baat

March 3, 2011

*Friday, March 25th ~ 8pm / Saturday, March 26th ~ 8pm / Sunday, March 27th~ 5pm*
*Seattle Asian Art Museum Volunteer Park*

Aaina’s spotlight event Yoni Ki Baat (YKB), is a collection of authentic, bold, and powerful stories that are sourced, written, and narrated by local South Asian women, through extensive story-building workshops, and also told on stage by local South Asian women. This year our stories connect the dots to form a master narrative, which asks important questions about gender, patriarchy, abuse and oppression, and also paints a bold vision for exercising choice and celebrating body, sexuality and love. Our narratives are as much daring questions and challenges posed to the world, as they are baring reflections of ourselves in the mirror, in the true spirit of AAINA. Yoni Ki Baat will showcase 16 narratives written by local South Asian women!! A portion of the proceeds from YKB will be given to Chaya. YKB 2011 is directed by Shahana Dattagupta. Aaina, “mirror” in Hindi/Urdu, is an annual South Asian Women’s Festival, focusing on and celebrating the artistic and activist work of South Asian women through performance and visual art, films, workshops, and conversations that are aimed at highlighting issues critical to the empowerment of South Asian women. Aaina is produced by Tasveer in collaboration with the Gardner Center for Asian Arts & Ideas. Tasveer is a Seattle-based grassroots community organization that is committed to bringing independent progressive South Asian films and artists to the Pacific Northwest.



Aaina 2010: South Asian Women’s Focus

April 7, 2010

Aaina 2010: South Asian Women’s Focus
Co-presented by Tasveer and Chaya

Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, focuses on and celebrates the artistic work of and about South Asian women. The variety of media includes film, performances, visual art, workshops and speakers aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. We are excited to bring you another great festival this year! In addition to the programs below, Chaya will be releasing its first ever zine publication – a compilation of personal narratives, perspectives, and art to raise awareness about issues of violence and oppression in the South Asian community.


Friday April 09, 2010
6PM: Gupshup with South Asian Women Artists, Aaina Organizers (FREE). Light Refreshments provided.
8pm: Yoni ki Baat

Saturday April 10, 2010
2PM Community Speaks (FREE)
5PM Tasveer Picks, Best shorts films made by and about South Asian women
8PM Yoni ki Baat 1
10PM Aaina After Party -Chutney style

Sunday April 11, 2010
1pm Workshop and Discussion: South Asian Women in the Media (FREE)
3pm Lakshmi & Me 5pm Yoni Ki baat

Yoni Ki Baat: $10 students, $12 general, $15 door
–  Purchase tickets for Yoni Ki Baat at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/104025
Films: $8
Dance party: $5
And a FREE program daily!


Ethnic Cultural Theater & Center
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

BTS Statement on the Vagina Monologues

February 9, 2010

Dear Seattle University and community members,

As you may be aware, Seattle University is sponsoring a production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues (VM) and is donating the proceeds to the Northwest Network. Break the Silence is a club on campus that supports  self-determination, destigmatizing sexuality, anti-oppression advocacy and activism, and working against sexualized violence. We support community-based efforts that prioritize the liberation of all peoples, especially organizing occurring within our local community. Examples of this work include: Communities Against Rape and Abuse, the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

However, in light of Domestic Violence Awareness Week here at Seattle University, we are compelled to issue the following statement:

In light of our commitment to the principles and organizing efforts listed above, Break the Silence does not support or endorse the Vagina Monologues as a means of VM Posteradvocacy and activism. Across the United States and specifically at Seattle University, productions of the VM have continued to cast white women as women of color and gender normative women as trans women. Ensler’s Vagina Monologues itself fundamentally distorts the voices of marginalized women by allowing women with relative privilege to speak for them, which falsely sends the message that marginalized populations need people with privilege to speak on their behalf.  Break the Silence takes the position that it is problematic to have a cast of actresses playing roles that they do not identify as or fully understand.  Additionally, by not providing adequate context for the complex struggles facing marginalized people, the Monologues enhance highly oppressive stereotypes, for example, the docility of Korean comfort women, the aggressive sexuality of Black populations, the victimizing of Muslim women and the sexual deviancy of queer/trans folks.   As VM seek to showcase the experience of the ‘other’, these voices are tokenized and are ultimately produced for a white gender-normative American audience.

We support Domestic Violence Awareness Week but do not support any production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.

In struggle,
the Break the Silence Collective