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Thirty

 

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Description: Who could have been prepared for the news? Two deaths in less than one month. Itzolin to suicide. Linda to lung cancer. But the profound loss the movement feels is transformed into action as we keep their passions alive.

Broadcast History:
KPFA’s Full Circle
Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2003
KPFA’s Apex Express
KPFA’s One Act Radio Drama
KPFA’s Radio Chronicles

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Description: When the Chicago Asian American Showcase accepted Mike Sakamoto’s film to the festival, we booked our tickets and prepared for an adventure. Mike hauled around his video camera and I double fisted with my digital camera and minidisc recorder.

We captured all of our explorations of the city and the adventures that were peaked by the attendance of the Better Luck Tomorrow cast and crew!

I wanted to do something with all the material and turned it into a CD and audio installation that integrated a map of Chicago with my own highlights of the city. This project became Remapping Chicago and was accepted into KSW’s 2002 APAture gallery show.

Collaborators: Jo Slota was a huge help in making this a real installation piece. He built a mock railroad rail to house the cd players, figured out how to hang the huge map, and offered moral support.

Broadcast History:
Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2002
KPFA’s Full Circle

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Memorial near Ground Zero

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Description: I didn’t know how to respond after 9/11, but the community around me built on existing infrastructure to quickly support the soon to be scapegoated Muslim American community and demand a peaceful response to the 9/11 destruction.

I captured these responses including the dance community raising funds for South Asian victims of hate crimes, a peace vigil in Japantown’s Peace Plaza, and a Walk of Shame to the consulate of several Asian countries for buying into Bush’s war on terror.

Collaboration: Because of the controversial issues this piece raises about forms of patriotism, I really wanted to be able to share the work in a gathered community rather than in isolation through radio. Dhamaal‘s Janaka Atugoda helped me hook up with their video crew and Kyle Burrows/Skip Intro helped me create figurative moving images to accompany my audio.

We made a master track with color and movement, which Skip Intro then would use to mix in other video sources in a live “jam” for an improvised element to the screening.

Broadcast History :
KUSF’s Radio Segue
KPFA’s Morning Show
KPFA’s Apex Express
Post-Day of Remembrance screening
Visual Communication’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film and Video Festival 2002
Locus Arts’ Color of Patriotism 2002
Foundation of Independent Asian American Media’s Chicago Asian American Showcase 2003

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Description: In preparation for a reading by zine writers put on by Kearny Street Workshop and Locus Arts, I created a personal audio piece based on my journal writing. Bob Hsiang helped me pull together images I could show in a timed slide show to accompany the piece, which was mixed with music. What resulted was a powerful piece exploring my identity and the similarities between the Asian American movement and punk rock.

After the reading, someone encouraged me to drop it all into some video editing and with Paul Jaffe‘s help, the video premiered at KSW’s APAture. It also links to my existing body of work online.

Broadcast History : Zine-licious (KSW and Locus)
Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, 2001
UC Berkeley’s Women of Color Film Festival 2002
Bindlestiff’s PinoisePop 8, 2003

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