Interviewing Award-Winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa

I had the opportunity to interview award-winning journalist, Maria Hinojosa about the newest episode of the PBS series America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa. The special, titled “The New Deciders,” introduces viewers to some of the voters who may profoundly impact this impending election.

Read the interview on the Center for Asian American Media Blog.

More information on America By The Numbers and “The New Deciders” can be found here.

“TAKE THIS HAMMER:” ACTION THROUGH ART + ART THROUGH ACTION AT THE YBCA

“The multi-media exhibition Take This Hammer: Art and Media Activism from the Bay Area on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) draws attention to the creative ways that people are demanding justice, shattering the image of a utopian Bay Area, and building a more equitable one. The title is a nod to the quoted KQED documentary, which followed Baldwin, a born and bred New Yorker, on his 1963 trip to San Francisco. Baldwin took the trip in an effort to expose the truths and realities of Black life in the supposedly liberal city of the American North. The film, which screens in YBCA’s main lobby as part of the exhibit, exposes experiences of violence and discrimination endemic to the social and political fabric of early 1960’s San Francisco. Baldwin spoke to Black residents who were under no delusion that San Francisco was a fair and progressive place. The film’s deconstruction of San Francisco carries through to the work of today’s artist activists, and the work shown throughout the exhibit.”

Read the full article on the Center for Asian American Media blog

Originally Published June 2016

“WHEN SHE RISES” – ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS ON RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE

“Origami cranes hang overhead in loose playful rows along the right wall of the art studio. Standing beneath the canopy of their carefully folded wings, I felt welcomed to the exhibit currently on view there called When She Rises. Co-presented by Galería de la Raza and supported by the Akonadi Foundation’s Beloved Community Fund, the show features work from three artists: Cece Carpio, Erin Yoshi and Nisha Sembi. When She Rises is the latest show to go up at Studio Grand along Oakland’s Lake Merritt neighborhood that raises conversations about significant issues in our current social and political climate.”

Read the full article on the The Center for Asian American Media blog

Originally Published April 2016

DIGGING IN WITH “AUBERGINE” PLAYWRIGHT JULIA CHO

“The play elicits food memories across the lives of all the characters, however seemingly disparate their stories are, allowing the audience to also think about our own emotional and cultural associations with food. An early review from the San Francisco Chronicle has already praised Aubergine pointing out that the audience comes away “fully engrossed in the people, ideas and language of playwright Julia Cho…A combination of theatrical ingredients so fulfilling that a standing ovation is in order.””

Read the full article on the Center for Asian American Media blog.

Originally Published March 2016

An Interview with Filmmaker RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA on “NO MÁS BÉBES”

I interviewed professor and filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña about her most recent documentary, No Más Bébes (No More Babies). The film follows the stories of ten Chicana women who underwent forced sterilization procedures after giving birth via cesarean section in the L.A. County Hospital in the early 1970s. The film chronicles the resulting class-action lawsuit (Madrigal v. Quilligan) and sheds light on this landmark reproductive justice case.

Read the interview on the Center for Asian American Media Blog.

More information on No Más Bébes can be found here.

A Chat with Karin Chien of “China Now: Independent Visions”

“Featuring the work of Ai Weiwei, Li Luo, Huang Ji, Zou Xueping and Yang Mingming among many others, CHINA NOW highlights the importance and innovation of independent artists in mainland China. With the tour continuing in Europe and North America, it is first time many of these films will be viewed on a world stage.”

Read the full article on The Center for Asian American Media Blog

Originally published November 2015

“Pacific Worlds” – Community Voices Lead at the Oakland Museum

“The idea of the Pacific “on display” made me anxious. Were Pacific Islander communities involved in putting together the exhibition? Would it do them justice? Throughout Western history, colonialist countries have used cultural institutions like museums to showcase their occupied territories to the general public. These practices boiled down the cultures of colonized people to simplistic, stereotypical representations serving to justify violence and exploitation. While I did not expect my wildest colonialist nightmares to come true at OMCA, this long legacy of misrepresentation was not far from my mind.”

Read the full article on the Center For Asian American Media Blog

Originally published August 2015