Asian Americans: Screening & Panel

June 11, 2020
6:30pm Eastern Time
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Welcome to our "Asian Americans" screening & panel discussion! We hope you enjoy this brief look at PBS's film "Asian Americans" followed by a discussion featuring panelists from Erie's diverse Asian community.

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Ford Foundation/JustFilms; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang; and California Humanities.

Video Description

Asian Americans WETA Station Reel v02 - Unlisted

32min 33sec



  • Dr. Shafiqur Rahman

    Shafiqur Rahman is a Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department at Allegheny College in northwest Pennsylvania. He left Bangladesh for Germany in 1973 for his undergraduate education. He came to the US in 1978 for his PhD, and has lived in this country since then. His research is in the area of Statistical Physics (large scale computer simulation of complex systems). He has received three Demmler Awards for Innovative Teaching. He has offered an outreach program (SuperScience) for the local High School students for the last three decades. He is currently writing a romantic novel based on his memoirs from undergraduate years in Germany about love shattered by East-West politics during the Cold War (supported by a grant through the Mellon Foundation).

  • Dr. Anjali Sahay

    Dr. Anjali Sahay is an educator, leader, author, researcher, and a performing artist in Indian classical dance who works at Gannon University as Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations. Her book titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? visits the migration of skilled professionals from India to the United States with a new lens receiving both national and international recognition . Originally from India, Dr. Sahay received her PhD. From Old Dominion University in International Studies in 2006 and holds additional masters in History and Business Administration. Passionate about serving the AAPI communities, she is serving a 2nd term on Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Greater Erie.

  • Dr. Jingze Jiang

    Dr. Jingze Jiang is an Associate Professor of Economics at Edinboro University. She received her Master in Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University in 2013, and Bachelor in Finance from Shanghai University in China in 2009. Her passion for sustainability influences many areas of her life, inspires her to develop new research projects, and pursue challenging research problems. She has developed nationally recognized research projects in energy financial economics and environmental economics, which may potentially support the revitalization of older industrial cities. Dr. Jiang has important policy and outreach contributions in environmental economics, especially plastic pollution reduction.

  • Brittany Fisher

    Brittany Fisher was born in Hawaii and mostly grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Her father is Japanese and her mother is Korean. Brittany graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelors (’16) and Masters (’17) degree in mechanical engineering, and currently works for Wabtec Corporation (formerly GE Transportation) as a gear systems engineer. She is a member of Wabtec’s Asian Pacific American Forum as a community leader and is also a member of Erie Asian Pacific American Association as a country representative for Japan.

  • Nandu Subedi

    Nandu Subedi came to Erie from Bhutan as a refugee in 2008. He currently manages resettlement programs at Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services. Additionally, Nadu runs a small chocolate store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, inside the Millcreek Mall and owns dozens of rental properties in town. He is an active volunteer of the Bhutanese community and works as a community liaison to coordinate with the greater Erie community.

  • Walter Ang

    Walter Ang is the author of "Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History." Currently, he covers the Filipino American Theater for His writing has appeared in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Asian Dragon Magazine, Metro Magazine, and other publications. Ang consults on marketing communications (public relations, social media, event management, advertising, etc. across online, print, broadcast, and on-ground media).

  • Niken Astari Carpenter

    Niken Astari Carpenter serves as the City of Erie’s New American Liaison. Immigrating to Erie in 2011 to be with her husband Allan Carpenter, Niken was born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia. She graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Indonesia in 2003 and served as a judge in her home country. She also has a Master of Project Management degree from Pennsylvania State University. Niken has taught as an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Mercyhurst University. She also served as the Executive Assistant to Mayor Joe Schember and the City of Erie’s Refugee and Immigrant Liaison from January 2018 to January 2020. She was also a part of the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy Class of 2016, serves as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific and American Affairs, and is an active member of the Erie Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). Niken is also one of the Keepers of One Table, Erie’s interfaith and multicultural bridge builder, a group that has embraced her as a Muslim immigrant woman.

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