Axis 2: Queering the Social Order

How do we queer the way we live, the way society is arranged? Be anti-nuclear family, embrace co-parenting, co-housing? Secure our rights in the workplace, beyond the private sphere, to ensure our safety in public? Queering is upending the social order for everyone.

Feminist Intersectional Community Building (2016-2022) 

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Kyoung’s Pacific Beat was honored to serve on the Advisory Committee of HUEArts NYC, a women of color led research project that seeks to create a dynamic, data-driven online resource that spotlights POC-founded and focused arts entities and aggregates information about these entities to promote greater visibility, self-determination, and support for communities of color that have been devastated not only during the pandemic, but for generations through systemic racism and chronic disinvestment. Organizations included in this project are nonprofit or for-profit NYC arts entities founded and led by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, or other People of Color, whose missions are to provide public-facing arts programming and events. HueArts NYC was initiated by three organizations directed by, and dedicated to the work of People of Color: Museum Hue, The Laundromat Project, and Hester Street. 


August 17, 2018
Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has partnered with  ALTA—The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago, Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Nothing Without a Company, Pop Magic Productions, The Sip, Urban Theater Company at Batey Urbano, six, local grass-roots organizations to serve Chicago’s queer artists and activists of color.

Together, we’ll host a long-table discussion on “Feminist Perspectives on Building Intersectional Communities,” facilitated by Joy Messinger (Program Officer of Third Wave Fund) and invited speakers Lenox Magee (The Sip), Denise Serna (Pop Magic Productions), Jessie Fuentes (Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago), Kyra Jones (Northwestern University), Hannah Li-Epstein (Nothing Without a Company) and Guest Culturebot Blogger, Tanuja Jagernauth.

The long-table will center Chicago-based, queer artists and activists of color and foster a conversation about the solidarity and dynamics that exists within different affinity groups in the QPOC community and how male-led institutions can relinquish power to elevate female, trans, nonbinary, and GNC leadership. Read “Silos, Scarcity and Specificity: Holding Space for Complexity After Pillowtalk” to learn more.


October 29, 2016
The Bushwick Starr

The Diamond Trade is an imagining of six women who unknowingly have pieces of the Koh-I-Noor, a historic Indian diamond stolen from moghuls to be placed on the top of the British Crown. This dance-theater piece tells the story of the Koh-I-Noor’s spirit, taking the form of the Indian goddess Kali, as she travels around the world to reclaim her body. First performed at LaMaMa Moves 2011.

Queering Marriage (2014-2018)

Bruce Benderson’s “Against Marriage” raises questions on the conservative political values hidden within the legislation of gay marriage, addressing concerns that the queer movement could be co-opted by mainstream liberal politics should gay marriage become the end-all-be-all of the LGBQT+ movement. Touted as a model movement that undermines the impact of ongoing movements for #BlackLivesMatters, women’s rights, trans rights, and labor rights, how can the LGBQT+ movement become a place to nurture racial and social justice work that does not focus on privatizing queer lives but rather sustain LGBQT+ discourse in the public sphere? How can the LGBQT+ movement upend the social order by queering public institutions beyond home and family?

Celebrating #loveisradical, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has partnered with Community Partners API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund, along with Cultural Partner the Korean Cultural Center New York, and Official Media Partner Culturebot with support from Peoplemovr, Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute at NYU and ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund, to center the voices of queer people of color through a series of long-table conversations created in collaboration with our partners to build community, resilience, and resistance. PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Series was curated by Shannon Matesky and Kyoung H. Park.


January 13, 2018
The Tank, NYC

From Loving vs Virginia to United States vs Windsor, from the AIDS Crisis to PrEP, from the Stonewall Riots to #BlackLivesMatter—where do we go from here? This interracial and intergenerational conversation will explore the personal impact of marriage equality in the LGBQT community.

Facilitated by Geoffrey Jackson Scott with Guest Speakers Ira Briones, Kevin Nadal, and Kyoung H. Park. Read “Jason Tseng in Reponse to PILLOWTALK’s First Long Table” to learn more.


January 18, 2018
The Tank, NYC

Trans scholars, artists and activists address the economic vulnerabilities of queer and trans people of color. Do diversity and inclusion agendas make us any safer in the workplace? How do we werk our magic against the patriarchy and white supremacy?

Facilitated by Shannon Matesky with Guest Speakers Zavé Martohardjono, Azure Osbourne-Lee, and Pauline Park. Read “Mieke D Responds to PILLOWTALK’s 2nd Long Table on Queer and TransMagic in the Werkplace” to learn more.


January 25, 2018
The Tank, NYC

This final conversation sheds light on the aggressions and invisibility of QPOC love. What are the spiritual and material dimensions of QPOC love? What are our acts of radical love?
Facilitated by Stephanie Hsu with Guest Speakers Nic Kay and Kirya Trabor. Read “Queering Marriage” by Kyoung H. Park to learn more.

“Want to talk more about the show? Use or search for the hashtag #LoveIsRadical and join the conversation!”

PILLOWTALK’s Long Table Conversation Series is presented by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and Peoplmovr in collaboration with Community Partners: API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund; Cultural Partner: Korean Cultural Center; and Media Partner: Culturebot. Promotional support for PILLOWTALK and the Long Table Conversation series is provided by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Funding support provided by ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

Previous Engagements:

  • “PILLOWTALK: Post Gay Marriage Politics,” moderated by Stephanie Hsu, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies “After Marriage” Conference, Oct. 2, 2016.
  • “PILLOWTALK: Artist Moderated Talk Back,” moderated by Emily Harney, BRIC Arts Media, Sept. 26, 2015.
  • “Queering Gay Marriage,” moderated by Stephanie Hsu, Ma-Yi Studio, Jun. 2, 2014.

Download Community Responses to “Pillowtalk: Long Table Series” and Kyoung’s essay, “Queering Marriage” published by our media partner, Culturebot.

Queer Voices Speak Out (2011)

Based on gender-bending, coming-out stories and queer Asian myths, Community Voices: The Next GenderAsian offers both moving and outrageous perspectives on what it’s like to be queer and Asian-American through six new, ten-minute plays written by Alain Chan, Joseph F. Lin, Avinash Rajagopal, Lolan Buhain Sevilla, Ryan Shen, and Jason Tseng.

The plays were written as part of Second Generations Community Voices writing workshop led by South Asian playwright and performer Deen, directed by Kyoung H. Park, featuring an ensemble cast of Asian-American performers, including Lost’s Ken Leung, and Obie Award-winners Ching Valdes-Aran and Jojo Gonzalez. Community Voices was announced during Second Generations’ Queer Voices Speak Out panel and ignited a yearlong outreach effort to New York’s queer API community in partnership with GAPIMNY, Q-Wave, and SALGA, three local, grass-roots organizations, with support from the Stonewall Community Foundation and Asian Women Giving Circle.

“Queer Voices Speak Out,” Second Generations @ HERE Arts Center, Nov. 17, 2012, New York City

Download “Queer Voices Speak Out” transcript.