We had the good fortune of connecting with QNA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi QNA, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
We’re inspired by all of the queer Asian folks that are a part of our community. We try to be a platform that highlights all of the creative talent in our community, from DJs to artists to the dolls that are just straight up serving lewks! We celebrate and affirm our intersectional identities through art, nightlife, music, storytelling, and performance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’re a platform for all forms of queer API creativity, but we really want to create space for the weirdos, conceptual queens, and by-way-of-darkness artistry that maybe can’t find a home elsewhere. We want to show off DJs that will make you dance, performance artists that will make you cry, video work that will create a mood, and visual art that will make you think — and everything in between. The key to our process is collaboration. We’re always bouncing ideas off each other, and working to create space so that others can realize their visions.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay, well obviously this is a friend who is flying in to DJ at one of our parties, so the QNA function is going to be where it’s at! Aside from that, we’d probably roller skate at Moonlight Rollerway, quench our thirst at Akbar, pop by Ginger Rogers beach for a sun moment the next day, eat our way through all the best food in SGV (dim sum at Atlantic, spicy numb taste at Sichuan Impression, Vietnamese food at Golden Deli, and we’re just getting started), bowl and have a drink at Shatto Lanes before eating Korean at Sun Nong Dan late into the night. There’s also probably a warehouse party or two, but I’m afraid that I can’t tell you the address…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We have to shout out all of the other folks that have paved the way — there are so many other queer API collectives and parties happening in LA and around the world that have been inspiration and community for us. In LA, there is Send Noodz and, of course, the classic GAMeboi (RIP and may it return soon!). We’ve collaborated with Rice Rockettes in SF, Elephant Party in Manila, Club Koi in Miami, and VietQ in Seattle. And most off all, we want to send big wet kisses to our siblings at Bubble_T in New York who are dear friends that have given us so much advice and inspiration over the years!
Photos taken by Mitch Dao for QNA presents BODY, June 2021.