“This is How I Say I Love You:” Exploring the Diversity of Relationships within Asian American Families

November 21, 2012 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

This series of shorts challenges and nuances traditional representations of the model minority family, instead exploring how different configurations of race, class, gender, and sexuality create a myriad of complex relationships.  Asian American families are also intimately shaped by immigration and transnationalism, and although this makes attainment of the idealized middle class American nuclear family lifestyle difficult, it also can lead to resilient and creative bonds between loved ones.  Drawing from a wide range of Asian American experiences—first generation to second generation, Iranian to South Asian to East Asian to Filipino, upper class to working class, heterosexual to queer—these shorts investigate the diverse ways Asian American families confront their historically-grounded challenges, ultimately legitimizing the different ways they come to say “I love you.”

  • Revolution (2011) Directed by Abdi Nazemian

Situated ten years after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and in the midst of the Los Angeles AIDS crisis, a seemingly perfect Iranian American family is troubled by shifting dynamics of ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

  • Still Life With (2012) Directed by Ami Patel*

A queer Indian women struggles to balance her love for her partner and her parents.

  • Basketball, Meri Jaan (2012) Directed by Veena Hampapur*

A vivacious Indian woman named Yeshodhara, who immigrated to the United States thirty years ago, uses her passion for basketball to form a community in which she belongs.

  • Play Time (2011) Directed by Roxana Shih

An Asian American man comes home from his work to his picturesque middle-class family; however, this family has shocking secrets beneath its perfect image.

  • Mother & Child (2012) Directed by Jocelyn Saddi-Lenhardt*

A Filipino mother living with her son in Los Angeles struggles with how to place her husband, who remains back in the Philippines.

  • Awaken (2011) Directed by Dieu Huynh*

David Cho, who came to the United States when nine years old with his family in pursuit of the American Dream, is one of the many undocumented students fighting for the Dream Act.

  • 1124 (2012) Directed by Michelle Gutierrez*

The simple task of collecting cans is transformed from an act of menial labor to a special way to build a relationship between a Filipino grandfather and his mix-raced granddaughter.

*These filmmakers will be at the event to answer questions and discuss their films!

Run time: 45 minutes

When: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:00pm

Where: Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College

Hosted by Evyn Espiritu, Bill Tang, and Kanna Jeyaseelan

Click here to check out our Facebook event page!

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