Friday, May 26, 2006


We'd like to thank everyone who came to our CD Release Parties last weekend at AAI. It's been a long, often frustrating, last few months writing new pieces and preparing the CD--both for production and presentation. Now, we're extremely happy and proud that the CD is finished and we have this new work to share. We're grateful to all the folks who came out to support us.

We'd also like to thank once again all the folks who helped to make this CD possible--without them, there would be no CD.

Asian Arts Initiative: for awarding us the APIA Residency Grant and to the staff and all the volunteers who assembled and wrapped and gave us moral support.

Phil Lee (aka DJ Phillee Blunt): for putting up with us in the studio and with all the little frantic demands we made about the track order and the hater/fan mail edits and countless other things. Thank you, thank you--there would be no CD without you.

Rodney Camarce: for the bangin original drawing/illustration of the CD cover design. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Thanks for your creative vision and talent.

Tyrone McCloud (my hubby): for the color design on the CD cover and the CD jacket, insert and label layout/design and all the late nights fixing my typos and reprinting. Thanks for giving me a shoulder to cry on and an ear to bend (or rip off).

Dan Kim: for your stand-up comedy set and your wonderful introduction, for driving to Philly from AC 3 nights in a row, and for helping with the CDs. Thanks also to Doris for coming to our show on your own special day. And thanks to Melody for being so darn cute.

Mike Trinh: for the stage and lighting and for some laughs before the show. Thanks for helping us get through the shows.

My children: for reminding me why I put myself through all the trouble--that when I want to quit, your beautiful faces show me I have to do whatever I can to prepare the world for you--because you are coming, ready or not.

Thanks to everyone who recorded a hater/fan mail or drop, thanks to everyone who emailed and asked how things were going, thanks to all the people who believed in us.

We send our love.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Purchasing VOLUME 2


Many folks
have been emailing and asking for details about purchasing the new CD. Let me just say, first, that these last 2 months have been extremely hectic with writing, recording, and rehearsing (which is why the posts weren't updated for so long). Because of all this madness, there will be a limited number of CDs available for purchase at the CD release parties at the Asian Arts Initiative. Then the CD will initially be available for purchase only through our website. Look for it to be added around the end of June.

Regarding the performances at AAI: there will be a slight variation in the pieces performed between the 2 nights. Also, both nights will be audio-recorded b/c we hope to put live tracks on VOLUME 3. Come join the crowd and be part of our 3rd CD!

Thanks very much to everyone who has emailed their interest and support for our new work. We look forward to seeing folks at AAI next weekend.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Here it is--the new CD cover! Many thanks to Rodney and Tyrone for putting together a wonderful design.


Press Release from AAI


Join us for the second creation from the Asian Arts
Initiative’s new Artists & Performance in Action (APIA)
Residency Program!

Featuring APIA Resident Artists:


As the Asian American Female Spoken Word Duo, Michelle Myers
and Catzie Vilayphonh perform and release their new
CD, “Yellow Rage, Volume 2”, further challenging
misconceptions of Asianness.

Open Rehearsal

Watch Yellow Rage as they rehearse for their shows that
weekend. This is an opportunity for anyone interested to
catch a glimpse of Catzie and Michelle's performance process
and preparation. It is free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 18, 7-8pm

Performances and CD Release Parties

Yellow Rage will be performing and officially releasing their
second CD, Yellow Rage Volume 2. These shows will feature
work from their second CD, plus previews from their 3rd CD,
Volume 3, set for release in Fall 2006. Also performing will
be special guests artists DJ Phillee Blunt of Ill Vibe
Collective and Dan Kim of Asians Misbehavin’.
$10 admission, $5 for AAI members
Friday, May 19, 8pm
Saturday, May 20, 8pm

The shows will be audio-recorded and some cuts may be
featured on Volume 3! Come be part of the audience!

@ Asian Arts Initiative 1315 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor,

The Asian Arts Initiative is pleased to launch the second
record of Philadelphia-based artists Yellow Rage,
entitled, “Yellow Rage, Volume 2”, written and performed by
founding members Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh. A
dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word
poets, Yellow Rage gained national attention when they
performed on the first season of the critically acclaimed HBO
television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, which
first aired in December 2001.

Through poetry, Catzie and Michelle hope to provide an
awareness that is not often heard. Exploring topics from
fetishes to cultural appropriation to ethnic pride, Yellow Rage
challenges mainstream misconceptions of Asianness.

* * * * *
The Asian Arts Initiative is grounded in the belief that the
arts can provide an important political and cultural voice
for the Asian American community in Philadelphia. We are a
community arts center where artists and everyday people are
developing means to express our diverse experiences as Asian

Asian Arts Initiative
1315 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215)557-0455 or

Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 11:19:16 -0400