Evolution of the Asian Amer. Voice

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May 5, 2020
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Representations of Asian Americans in pop culture have a history--and present--of racist stereotypes and one-dimensional depictions.

Join us to watch clips from the new PBS series ASIAN AMERICANS, followed by a discussion moderated by SoCal Wanderer host Rosey Alvero and featuring series producer Leo Chiang and sociologist/pop culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen.

This conversation will look at the history of Asian American representation in pop culture and media, and how Asian Americans have fought against these depictions to craft their own narratives and define a complex Asian American identity.

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it.

Premieres May 11 & 12, 2020 on KQED and PBS SoCal

KQED’s local support generously provided by the Asian Art Museum. Engage with art at a distance through digital experiences that will keep your spirits up and the inspiration flowing. Bring the Asian Art Museum into your home by visiting asianart.org/museumfromhome.

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Ford Foundation/Just Films; 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.

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Imagine a version of La La Land filmed not in the Hollywood Hills, but amongst the landmarks of a different Los Angeles. Replace Griffith Park with the Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza. Swap Grand Central Market for the decidedly less gentrified Central Wholesale Produce Market. Then cast Lily Ontiveros (a formally trained contemporary dancer from Monterrey, Mexico) as the young ingenue. And for the male lead: Roberto Lambaren (aka Rawbzilla, a former b-boy with deep roots in the Los Angeles hip hop scene). Let their dancing depict a community — and a neighborhood — that doesn’t get seen in most silver screen versions of the city. Cue the romantic strings and fantasy is complete. Hit that SUBSCRIBE button! www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=kqedart Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kqedarts Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/KQEDarts



Support for KQED is provided by the Asian Art Museum. Engage with art at a distance through inspiring digital experiences, including virtual tours, livestream programming like guided meditations, and conversations with artists, DIY art activities, and food demonstrations with Bay Area chefs. Bring the Asian Art Museum into your home by visiting asianart.org/museumfromhome

Asian Americans Reel - PBS SoCal KQED CAAM

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played. Official website: pbs.org/asianamericans

38min 38sec


  • Moderator Avatar
    Yo Ann Martinez

    Yo Ann Martinez, Community Engagement Manager for KQED is responsible for maintaining and building relationships with community members and organizations on behalf of KQED. She has been the Executive Producer, writer and director for over a dozen news video features on subjects ranging from Veterans to Native Americans. She comes to KQED with over 25 years of non-profit experience advocating for children and families, working as an organizer in communities of color and working in media. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles and has traveled all over the world enhancing her film-making experiences by wearing multiple hats as a producer, director and editor on over a dozen independent films.


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    S. Leo Chiang


    S. Leo Chiang is a filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei. His most recent film, OUR TIME MACHINE, won Best Cinematography at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Best International Director at Doc Edge Festival (New Zealand), and Best Documentary at CAAMFest. His previous film, the Emmy Award-nominated A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, picked up eight festival awards and aired on PBS series Independent Lens. His other films include OUT RUN, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON, and TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA, all broadcast on PBS. Leo’s work has received funding support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, and ITVS. He has been a Sundance-Time Warner Fellow, a Rockwood JustFilms Fellow, and a Co-Chair of New Day Films. He has served as a mentor/trainer for the Hot Docs CrossCurrent Fellowship, the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum, and the CAAM Fellowship. He is the co-founder of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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    Nancy W. Yuen


    Nancy Wang Yuen is a sociologist and pop culture expert. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and co-author of Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, BBC, Teen Vogue, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. You can find her writing at Newsweek, Elle, and HuffPost.

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    Rosey Alvero


    International travel, language, and culture has always been part of Rosey’s life. Her first travelogue begins before birth. Out of determination for her daughter’s right to equality, Jeanette, hopped on a plane for the U.S. from Manila just two days before Rosey’s due date. During a layover in Tokyo she held back giving birth to assure Rosey’s citizenship. When Jeanette arrived she went straight from the airport to General Hospital of San Francisco. This would ultimately seal Rosey’s never ceasing thirst to explore the world and her firm stance on rights for all.

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