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5/15/2011
When: 5/15/2011
1:00 PM
Where: Board Room
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, Chinese Community Center  77036
Contact: Debbie Chen
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Sunday, May 15 1pm to 4:00pm
NOT BLACK OR WHITE by Anna Kang | 1pm
ON STRIKE! ETHNIC STUDIES 1969-1999 by Irum Shiekh | 1:30pm
ROOTS IN THE SAND by Jayasri Majumdar Hart | 2pm
SAIGON, USA by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn | 3pm


Sunday, May 15 1pm to 4:00pm
NOT BLACK OR WHITE by Anna Kang | 19 min
A candid look at three Asian American women who arent geishas, hookers, or bikini-clad masseuses. NOT BLACK OR WHITE examines the stereotypical ways in which Asian women have been depicted in the media and how three acclaimed Asian American actresses challenge and defy those concepts in their creative work and careers. Featuring interviews with cartoonist/actress Lela Lee (Angry Little Asian Girl); writer/actress Amy Hill (All American Girl, Next Friday); and actress Ming-Na (ER, The Joy Luck Club, Mulan), these provocative and spirited profiles demonstrate how these particular artists struggle to define themselves and their own creative agendas.




ON STRIKE! ETHNIC STUDIES 1969-1999 by Irum Shiekh | 30 min
Through interviews with past and recent student leaders and faculty juxtaposed with footage of campus demonstrations over the course of a generation, ON STRIKE offers an historical and political overview of what it took to establish and sustain ethnic studies at one of the nations leading universities.
"ON STRIKE makes an encapsulated, incisive study of the context and events that led up to the Ethnic Studies demonstrations, hunger strikes, and student arrests that surprisingly roiled the UC Berkeley campus in May, 1999. Opening with a quick historical study of the struggle that established Ethnic Studies in the late sixties, this record of modern-day activism soon moves into the urgent present-time, detailing the nineties' TWLF (Third World Liberation Front) movement and their pitched battle against the university administration."
- Alvin Lu, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival


ROOTS IN THE SAND by Jayasri Majumdar Hart | 57 min
ROOTS IN THE SAND is a multi-generational portrait of the nearly to 5,000 Punjabi men who settled in Southern Californias Imperial Valley, just north of the Mexican border, a century ago. Seeking to earn enough money to return to their homes in India, they instead encountered not just abysmal wages and working conditions, but also anti-miscegenation and anti-immigration laws that prevented Punjabi women from joining them in the U.S. The award-winning documentary details how these pioneers pooled their resources, leased land and grew their own crops even as they married Mexican women and started new families. Through found footage, archival and family photographs, and personal and public documents, filmmaker Jayasri Hart tells the touching and inspirational story of a community that grew out of a struggle for economic survival in the face of hardship and prejudice.


SAIGON, USA by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn | 60 min
Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees have nurtured a community known as Little Saigon in Orange County, California. Vietnamese Americans have struggled to reconcile the demons of their past with their present life in America.  SAIGON, USA focuses on this communitys changing identity and growing sense of empowerment.


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