It's been a long time coming, but I wanted to thank all the faithful Bamboo Girl Zine readers and friends for helping me build, network, and dialogue within our communities dealing with racism, sexism and homophobia for the 10 years that Bamboo Girl has been active! That's a mighty long time for a zine! Although the zine is no longer, I may still consider publishing a compilation book of previous Bamboo Girl issues, and/or a "Pintadas" book on the tattooed Asian women's exhibit I curated a few years ago. We shall see!

But, after 7 years of grad school, and completing my Masters of Science in Acupuncture, it is time for me to grow my acupuncture practice! I am still the rad, inked, artistic gal you've always known. I've just added healer archetype to warrior woman. I'm also 2nd level reiki, and often combine reiki with my acupuncture. Wanna find out more about me and acupuncture? Come visit my website, www.AlcantaraAcupuncture.com. I will soon be changing my office from the East Midtown Area to the Flatiron district (very close to Union Square and Whole Foods!) When the change is in effect, I'll be reflecting it in my website. If you'd like to contact me to make an appointment or to find out more about what I do, you can reach me at malcantara.lac@gmail.com.

In the meantime, I still have many Bamboo Girl selacious goodies (tees, stickers, and some back issues of #11, #10, and #9 for sale.) If you'd like to order something, please email me at bamboogirl@aol.com directly, since the www.BambooGirl.com emporium links are a bit glitchy at the moment.

Here's to new beginnings!
Sabrina Margarita


Join the Asian Arts Initiative in New York for the first-ever
National Asian American Theater Festival!
A night of 5-minute-or-shorter plays about Asian American artists & culture

Featuring Regie Cabico, John Castro, Royd Hatta, Robert Karimi, Traci
Kiriyama, Dan Kim, Michelle Myer, Gary San Angel, Anula Shetty , Ryan Suda,
F. Omar Telan, and Kristina Wong

Friday, June 15, 10:00 PM
Sunday, June 17, 5:30 PM
Thursday, June 21, 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 PM

LaMaMa, e.t.c.
74A East 4th St. New York, NY 10003

$20 at the door, or on-line at http://www.naatf.org/index.php?page_id=47
$15 if you purchase in advance through the Asian Arts Initiative:
215-557-0455 (ask for Jo)


She Speaks Volumes Poetry Poetry Slam & Panel Discussion

Presented in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College, Chicago

The She Speaks Volumes poetry slam and panel discussion fuse art and activism to impact social change. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the event gives voice to the silence surrounding this issue. The event uses music and the arts to encourage young people to speak out against sexual violence and become activists for change in their local communities.

Featured artists, Diva Diction, are three of the most powerful female poets both on page and on stage. Bassey descends from Nigeria, Amalia Ortiz from Mexico and Ishle Park from Korea. Their unique native roots may have originated from different countries but their cultured personalities blend powerfully together. All three women have competed in the National Poetry Slam and have been featured on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO.

Special tribute will be paid to three outstanding women who demonstrate a commitment to anti-violence and social justice: Mary Jo Barrett, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Center for Contextual Change; C.C. Carter, Artist and Founder, Pow-Wow Inc.; and Kathy Kempke, Coordinator of Prevention Education, YWCA West Suburban Center.

When: April 26, 2007
Where: HotHouse
31 E. Balbo
Chicago, IL 60605
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer: For volunteer opportunities, contact us at events@ywcachicago.org

Tickets: Tickets for the event are $15. Click here to purchase tickets online. For VIP pricing, contact Tanisha Pleasant at 312.762.2743.

Contact: Tanisha Pleasant at 312.762.2743 or events@ywcachicago.org.


Join the artists for an afternoon discussion, "Where do we draw the line? Creative Expression vs. the Perpetuation of a Rape Culture."

April 26, 2007
Columbia College
Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
12 p.m.
Free admission


The US FDA is still trying to undermine the validity of Acupuncture and Herbalism. Help us stop it! Our medicine has been around 2,000 years (it's been around longer than Western Medicine), and they claim it doesn't work? - Sabrina M

April 6, 2007

Your Action is Urgently Needed

The US FDA is at it again. They have been notorious for decades for
their biased attacks and uneven handling of natural,
non-drug/surgery/radiation based health options. This time, though,
they are playing for keeps.

The goal is simple: through a "Guidance" about the regulation of
"CAM" (which they conveniently define as "Complementary and
Alternative MEDICINE" the FDA hopes to serve the interests of Big
Pharma by eliminating all CAM practices and products. ALL of them.

Here's how this deadly game is played:

1. By using the term "Medicine" rather than "Modality" for CAM
practices, the FDA sets the stage so that anyone who is not a
licensed physician is breaking the law by using these modalities
since they are therefore 'practicing medicine without a license'.

2. By using the term "treatment" rather than "therapy", the FDA
limits those who can perform these practices to licensed physicians
and, again, anyone who is not a licensed physician is breaking the
law by using these modalities since only licensed practitioners can
treat. So people using these modalities are therefore 'practicing
medicine without a license'.

3. By using the terms "Medicine" and "treatment" instead of
"Modalities" and "therapy", all substances, including vitamins,
minerals, herbs, co-factors, etc., automatically become untested
drugs since they are being used to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure
disease states. Such use can only legally take place with FDA
approved drugs.

Here's How We Protect CAM Practices, Practitioners and Products

Numbers. Sheer volume of response. Nothing more and nothing less. NOW
is the time to act. Our window of opportunity slams shut on April 30,


That is the link which allows you to send a comment directly to the
FDA about their deadly "Guidance". Will it matter? Yes, if millions
of people respond. So I am asking you to take this "viral".

Here is what you need to do NOW if you value your freedom:

1. Click on the link below and add your name to the letter. When you
click "Send" it will be electronically delivered to the FDA docket
site and posted.

2. Write a brief note (or copy the information in this email)
including this link , http://tinyurl.com/2u7ghc,
and mail it to every one you can. In your email please:

a. Include everyone you know and tell them that their freedom to
choose their own health modalities and options is under serious

b. Send the same email to the the companies which make the vitamins,
minerals and herbs you use and ask them to send it out to their
entire mailing list.

c. Impress upon the people you contact that we are facing a virulent
and highly organized assault on ALL natural products and procedures
because they do not feed the pharmaceutical coffers and that their
help is crucial.


If you have ever thought about taking action to protect your health
freedom, NOW is the time to do it.

If you have never thought about taking action, now is the time to
think about it and do it.

In my opinion, this is a full blown assault on your rights and mine
to opt for strategies which use natural options and procedures.


That's our goal. Two weeks, five million comments to the FDA, all
asserting our fundamental right to control our own health.

Can we do it? It's up to you.

Here's the link:


The future of natural health and health freedom is literally in our

Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD

Medical Director

Natural Solutions Foundation


Please sign and disseminate to your networks. Act against anti-Asian hate crime!


Condemn anti-Asian hate crimes and hold MTA accountable!

On March 16, 2007 the New York Post reported that 17 year old Asian high school student, Marie Stefanie Martinez was assaulted in New York by a group of teenagers on a MTA B82 bus due to their perception that she looked “Chinese” even though she is of Filipino descent. Ms. Martinez was punched, kicked, and subjected to slurs in what can be categorized as a hate crime based on her attackers animus towards her perceived ethnicity.

Reportedly, the MTA bus operator who witnessed the assault did nothing to intervene during the course of the assault on Ms. Martinez and neglected his moral and ethical duty to ensure the safety of MTA riders and punctuated his negligent conduct by allegedly advising Ms. Martinez, who was still wearing her Catholic school uniform, to "go talk to a priest" after the assault.

This petition seeks the following:

1) The MTA and NYPD conduct a vigorous full and complete investigation into the incident ensuring that any violations found of any applicable hate crimes statutes are fully applied.

2) The bus operator be subjected to discipline commensurate to the action of permitting riders to commit a hate crime on a MTA rider. If the bus operator is found to have permitted the assault to have taken place and informed Ms. Martinez to “go talk to a priest”, MTA should subject the bus operator to termination from his position.

By signing this petition, you state that you agree with the aforementioned two points.

Let this serve as notice that the Asian American community remembers the hate crimes perpetrated on Fermin Tobera, Vincent Chin, Thong H. Huynh, An Pech, Ly Yung Cheung, Navroze Mody, Raphanor Or, Ram Chun, Sokhim An, Thuy Tran, Oeun Lim, Ming Hai "Jim" Loo, Heng Lim, Hung Truong, the Nakashima Family, Luyen Phan Nguyen, Sam Nhang Nhem, Thanh Mai, Eddy Wu, Thien Minh Ly, Kanu Patel, Mukesh Patek, Naoki Kamijima, Won-Joon Yoon, Joseph Ileto, Sandip Patel, Theo Pham, Ji-ye Sun, Anil Thakur, Thung Phetakoune, Kenny Chiu, Balbir Singh Sodhi, Waqar Hasan, Mijanaur Rahman, Mohammed Sakawat, Vasudev Patel, Lili Wang, Bang Mai, Charlotte Colton, Ze Fairchild, Maleka Higgins, Nicola Grant, Guadalupe Swartz, Dexter Shannon, Beverly Graham, Song Sun Lee, Stephen Kam Yan Li, and the countless other Asians and Asian Americans who have suffered the ultimate price due to racial hatred aimed at the Asian/Asian American community. We will not tolerate hate crimes and will vigorously act! to ensure justice in our communities.



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I'll be speaking/performing at Goddard College on February 9, 2007, on the residence theme, "Building Alliances/Speaking the Silences/Examining Power and Privilege: Healing & Connecting Within and Without". (Plainfield, VT)

I'll also be speaking/performing at Columbia University in early March, 2007 (date TBD) for Women's History Month. This is via Kappa Phi Lambda, an Asian-interest cultural sorority, as well as the Queer Alliance. Come join us if you can! (New York, NY)

Bamboo Girl Zine and myself are mentioned in the newly released book, Immigration and American Popular Culture by Rachel Rubin and Jeffrey Melnick. I'm part of the exploration of Asian American zines in the 1990's. Righteous! You can find the listing on Amazon.com here.


happy holidays y'all,

although i'm still too much of a student to do bamboo girl print stuff at the moment, i'm still around! with my recent move to ct from nyc, i totally forgot to catch the p.o.b. bill. so, for about a month, people who've been sending me stuff during that time may have had it returned to them. but, i've paid my bill, and my same address is in effect again as of last week: bamboo girl zine, pob 507, ny, ny 10159-0507.

wanted to tell you about a movie that'll be coming to the nyc area. check it out:

Award-winning Documentary Opens in NY
ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story

Opens January 12th

22 E 12th Street
For tickets call (212) 924-3363
Or visit: www.cinemavillage.com

A film by Patty Kim and Chris Sheridan
Executive Producer Jane Campion
A Safari Media film in association with the BBC

“Riveting!” - NPR
“Terrific!” - CNN
“Extraordinary!” A work of “Narrative Mastery!” – Los Angeles Times

Film synopsis:

JAPAN,1977. A dark, lonely road leads to the windswept shores. This is the remarkable story of a 13-year-old Japanese girl abducted on her way home from school by North Korean spies. For 20 years, her parents had no idea what had happened to her or if she was even alive. Then, one day the whole world learned the shocking truth.

An extraordinary tale of mystery, intrigue and most of all, love, the film’s told through the eyes of the girl's mother and father who have been searching for their daughter for nearly 30 years. The film begins with the day Megumi vanishes, traces the astonishing course this personal tragedy takes, as it becomes a battle between two nations, rising to a shocking climax.

For more info on the film: www.abductionfilm.com