Panel: Asian Pacific American Activism: History and New Media
WHEN: Saturday, October 10 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20013
Pre-registration is not required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meyer Auditorium capacity is 300 seats. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the event.
Through video clips and discussion, this panel will analyze the history of Asian Pacific American activism in media, reflecting on the contributions of early pioneers, such as Curtis Choy (The Fall of the I-Hotel, Manilatown is in the Heart). This media activism will be updated to include Jeff Adachi’s critique of Hollywood (The Slanted Screen, You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story). Finally, there will be a conversation with Annabel Park and Eric Byler about the use of new media such as blogs and YouTube as expressed in their film 9500 Liberty.
Sylvia Chong is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Virginia, where she also directs the minor in Asian Pacific American Studies. Her research focuses on the politics of racial identification in the popular media, and on situating Asian Americans in a comparative framework within American race and ethnic studies. Her book, The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era, is forthcoming in Fall 2010 from Duke University Press.
Annabel Park is the co-director of 9500 Liberty. Annabel’s life experiences include working with inner-city children, management consulting, writing and directing theater, and combining new media and political activism. She won The Cameron MacIntosh Award for her playwriting at Oxford University and was selected as a fellow for Film Independent’s Filmmaker Lab in 2005.
She was the national coordinator for the 121 Coalition, organizing a historic grassroots effort to successfully pass U.S. House Resolution 121, also known as the “comfort women” resolution, which will be the subject of her upcoming film Journey Into the Divide.
Eric Byler is the co-director of 9500 Liberty and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his debut feature Charlotte Sometimes (2002), hailed by film critic Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers.
Eric’s second feature, Americanese (2006), was acquired by IFC Films and won both the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival. His third feature TRE (2007) won the Special Jury Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival before being released theatrically by Cinema Libre Studio in 2008.