FEATURED VIDEO: Beyond Orientalism

Via Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts: What if there’s an America …”Beyond Orientalism” by Nelson Eusebio, Angel Desai and Siho Ellsmore

CINEMA SUNDAY: Mother & Son in Indiana

Tony Nguyen’s documentary Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory is a short personal film about his mother Giap Thi Nguyen. He describes their strained relationship and presents their family story that grew out of a troubled time in American history. Set in Seymour, Indiana, the movie follows Giap’s final day before she retires…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Hollywood and racial backlash

Popular entertainment contributes to an American culture that promotes unconscious bias and prejudices. Long-term Hollywood depictions of Asian roles performed by white actors in “oriental” make-up are under attack by a younger generation of Asian Americans who understand the insidious and long-term effects of this still persistent racist practice. [Vox / YouTube] Yellowface is a…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Daughters & Mothers

Based on Amy Tan’s novel and directed by Wayne Wang, “The Joy Luck Club” movie reveals the difficult and sometimes violent life stories that underlie the conflicts between mothers and daughters. In the movie, memories of the mothers’ past lives in China intersect with theĀ  modern-day experiences of their Chinese American daughters. The multiple emotions…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Names, Journeys, and Love Stories

The movie “The Namesake” released in 2007 colorfully depicts four love stories set in Calcutta and New York. Directed by Mira Nair and based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri, the film follows a traditionally arranged marriage, two modern romances that struggle with that tradition, and filial love that connects two different worlds across time….

MUSIC MONDAY: Musical rite of passage in California

H.P. Mendoza wrote and Richard Wong directed the independent film “Colma: The Musical” which has become a cult classic ten years after its release in 2006. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, which called it “an itty-bitty movie with a big heart.” [YouTube] “Colma Stays” from “Colma: The Musical” Learn more: [NBC News]…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Painting the world of Disney’s “Bambi”

Art director Tyrus Wong’s impressionistic style defined the innovative look of Walt Disney’s classic animated film “Bambi” released in 1942. A new documentary about him called “Tyrus” by Pamela Tom is being featured by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) during its film festival. The film includes stories of his artistic achievement at Disney,…

MUSIC MONDAY: Writing the Songs of “Frozen”

Robert Lopez and his songwriting partner-wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez have written some of the most successful recent musicals and popular songs from movies. An English major at Yale, Filipino AmericanĀ Robert Lopez co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway show “Avenue Q” then wrote the musical “The Book of Mormons” with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the duo…