Archive for December 21, 2012

Images from AAIM Film Festival 2012

EngagingPasts-2

EngagingPasts-1

Post-Screening Discussion with Filmmakers and Guests: (from left) Sri Susilowati, Jeff Man, Asiroh Cham, Micki Davis, and Valerie Soe

Engaging Pasts program on Saturday, December 1, 4pm, Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College

December 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

Memory (2012) by Evyn Le Espiritu – Final Media Project for Asian Americans in Media, MS100PZ, Fall 2012

My five-minute video piece explores the relationships between power, history, and memory, inserting my own second-generation Asian American reflections on the Vietnam War into the existing visual repertoire on the war.  This repertoire largely focuses on the Vietnam War’s psychological effects on the American soldier and veteran—as featured in such films as The Deer Hunter (dir. Michael Cimino, 1978), Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979), Platoon (dir. Oliver Stone, 1986), and Full Metal Jacket (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1987)— eliding the voices and images of Vietnamese and Vietnamese American subjects.  In the spirit of Rea Tajiri’s History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991) and Tran T. Kim-Trang’s Ekleipsis (1998), I create images where none previously existed, for an experience that I did not personally live through. Thus I reference Marianne Hirsch’s idea of “postmemory”—the “relationship of the second generation to powerful, often traumatic experiences that precede their births but that were nevertheless transmitted to them so deeply as to seem to constitute memories in their own right.”[1]

Excerpted from student’s artist statement


[1] Marianne Hirsch, “The Generation of Postmemory,” Poetics Today 29, no. 1 (2008): 103.

December 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Black Sheep (2012) by Naomi Moser – Final Media Project for Asian Americans in Media, MS100PZ, Fall 2012

For my final project I would like to create a video in which I will follow and document the daily life of a friend I made in class this year.  Her father is Chinese and her mother is white.  She grew up in a wealthy community where the majority of her peers were white.  I want to see how her Chinese American identity factors in to her life here as a college student.  I want to know about her family history but I do not want to question her directly about her Asian American identity.  I would rather just observe and chat with her and see what she chooses to share and through that type of interaction, gain a better understanding of her identity. I want to find out if she is involved in an organized Asian American community on campus or if she has created one of her own through a group of friends since coming here.  I guess I’d like to know if coming to the west coast and having much greater contact with other Asian Americans changed her feelings about being Chinese American and how.

Excerpted from student’s project proposal

December 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment


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