The International Hotel was (and is, sort of) a residential hotel built in 1907 and located on the corner of Kearny and Jackson streets, originally housing Asian-Americans, largely Filipinos. In the late 1960s, it was slated for demolition and entered a protracted battle, which ultimately resulted in evictions, demolition of the building (despite robust public protest, including 2,000 Jim Jones followers), and its rebuilding in 2005. Author Karen Tei Yamashita launches her new book, I Hotel, with a multimedia presentation and reading. The sizable tome collects 10 novellas, each portraying characters in Chinatowns Yellow Power movement, people who strived for civil rights in ways that continue to benefit our city and culture. I Hotel includes illustrations by Leland Wong and Sina Grace.
Fri., May 7, 6 p.m., 2010