Friday, June 12th
Twin Cities PBS (online event)
172 4th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Five artists/artist groups bring their Asian Minnesotan perspectives to themes in Asian Americans through performance, visual arts, photography, puppetry, spoken word. Community leaders from CAPI/USA, Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP), Indigenous Roots Cultural Center (IRCC), Pangea World Theater will discuss the importance of voice and self-representation in the shaping of Asian American history.
Alicia Thao will sing an original composition “We are the Same,” sending a message of solidarity with all Asian American groups while asserting her Hmong identity through family portraits.
Chamindika Wanduragala (Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop) presents “Mathakaya,” a shadow puppet study in response to the overall themes found in the documentary episodes.
Meena Natarajan (Pangea World Theater) will read “Forest of Fear,” an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress about her grandfather who healed war casualties during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.
Saymoukda Vongsay reads her poem “Mother’s Voices” in memory of her mother who faced racism as a St. Paul storefront owner following the family’s refugee experience.
Charissa Uemura’s archival photographs of the arts and cultural scene in the Twin Cities presents a small Tribute to Asian American Renaissance, a community-based cultural organization in the 90’s that sparked the emergence of many Twin-Cities Asian American organizations like Theater MU, Pangea World Theater, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, Mizna, Katha Dance Theater, to name a few.
And behind the scenes, Angel Trazo will sketch a visual summary of the event.
Asian Americans premiered on TPT and PBS nationwide on May 11 & 12, 2020. You can still watch and respond on-line and on Passport.
Major funding for Asian Americans is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Ford Foundation/JustFilms; 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.