Annual event with film premieres, a dialogue with APA leaders and networking is free and open to the public, May 24 at 7pm at WGBH Studios in Brighton
BOSTON (May 18, 2017) – WGBH will celebrate Boston’s Asian Pacific American community and culture onWednesday, May 24, with a public screening of excerpts from four films that highlight the stories of Asian Americans that have overcome obstacles to succeed in America. Following the films, guests will hear a conversation with local leaders from the Boston-area Asian Pacific American community, moderated by Liz Cheng, General Manager of WGBH television and the WORLD Channel. The evening concludes with refreshments and information about how to get involved with local Asian Pacific American organizations. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 7 to 9pm at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street in Brighton. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2q11nDs.
“Each year we gather the Asian Pacific American community to explore shared and new experiences in Greater Boston. Despite what we have in common, there is still so much to learn from each other,” said Cheng. “I’m thrilled that WGBH continues to host and support this effort to reflect on both the challenges and incredible successes of the Asian Pacific American community.”
- Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade for the Baker administration
- Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College and WGBH trustee
- Brian Chu, Special General Partner at Cue Ball and Senior Advisor at HighVista Strategies
Featured film excerpts:
- American Experience’s The Chinese Exclusion Act
On May 6, 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed into law an unprecedented piece of federal legislation, called the Chinese Exclusion Act. Unlike any other law in American history, the act uniquely targeted a single race and nationality for exclusion: making it illegal for Chinese laborers to enter America on pain of imprisonment; for Chinese nationals to become citizens of the United States; and for Chinese immigrants already here to leave and then re-enter the country.
- Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story
Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang’s documentary paints an intimate portrait of Eddy – the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist – on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.
- Unbroken Glass
When he was six-years-old, Dinesh Das Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his older siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through making Unbroken Glass, he attempts to piece together their family story. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile the past by confronting the trauma of losing their parents.
- Forever, Chinatown
For the past four decades, Frank Wong has been creating extraordinary, miniature dioramas of the Chinatown he remembers from his youth. He replicates the rooms and buildings in scenes that recall a long-ago San Francisco, a time when life was difficult for many in the Chinese American community. The scenes remind us how people shape places, and places shape people. Forever, Chinatown is a gorgeous meditation on memory, community and one man’s artistic legacy.
WGBH’s Celebration of Asian Pacific American Culture will take place on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm to 9pm at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, in Brighton. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/2q11nDs.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.