PBS is streaming ASIAN AMERICANS, a five-part documentary series which examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal histories, ASIAN AMERICANS explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present, and future.
Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, No Más Bebés), ASIAN AMERICANS examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.
ASIAN AMERICANS is a production of WETA Washington, DC and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for PBS, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Flash Cuts and Tajima-Peña Productions. The series executive producers are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan for WETA; Stephen Gong and Donald Young for CAAM; Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS; and Jean Tsien. The series producer is Renee Tajima-Peña. The producer for Flash Cuts is Eurie Chung. The episode producers are S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir and Grace Lee. The consulting producer is Mark Jonathan Harris.
Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Ford Foundation, 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 Cal Humanities.
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is screening Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese, a three part documentary series about the Mississippi Delta Chinese as part of the MOCAFilm series on Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer, E. Samantha Cheng. MOCA is located at 215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013. For more information, call 855-955-MOCA.
Part One 1870 to 1940
How Chinese first came to Mississippi told in the context of the period. The what, where and why’s they came and stayed. Part Two 1941-1945
Chinese WWII veterans and their families share stories of the war and its impact on their lives in the Mississippi Delta. Part Three 1946 to Present
How Chinese have influenced the social and economic fabric, custom and culture of Mississippi.
About Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta:
“The film tells the story of the early Chinese immigrants to the Mississippi Delta during the 19th century; then it explores how the community steadily grew in the early part of the 20th century, as Chinese families across the Delta opened grocery stores that served both the black and white populations. Subsequently, it reveals how 182 Chinese men from the Delta participated in all aspects of the US war effort in WWII, shows the transformational nature of their participation in the war for the development of the community in the decades immediately after the war, and concludes by documenting the contributions of the Chinese Delta families to the state of Mississippi and beyond as their children became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and many other types of professionals in the contemporary era.”
Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese is a Heritage Series, LLC production produced in association with Bottle Tree, LLC.
Samantha Cheng is co-owner, vice president, executive producer and CFO of the Washington, D.C.-based Television Production Services (TPS), which produces and authors DVDs. Prior to establishing TPS in 1992, Ms. Cheng, worked as an independent television producer and public relation specialist. Her involvement in broadcast and new media production spans over thirty years, in the United States and throughout the world. Her broadcast credits include: World News Tonight, ABC; Weekend News, ABC; This Week with David Brinkley, ABC; Nightline, ABC; ABC News Special Events; MLK: The Dream Today, PBS Special; The Making of a Holiday, PBS Special; Healthy Indulgences with Lynn Fischer, Maryland Public Broadcasting; World Class Cuisine, Discovery Channel; Low Cholesterol Gourmet, Discovery Channel; and Spa Getaways, Travel Channel. Ms. Cheng is an active member in the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA); Women in Film & Video (WIFV), American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the DVD Association (DVDA).
Ms. Cheng has consulted with a variety of public servants, political action committees (PACs) and non-profit organizations. She served as an aide to Vernon Jordan, Transition Team Chair 1992-1993 Clinton Administration, a Public Information Officer Reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1993-2000; and national press secretary for Women Running PAC in 1984. She is a recipient of the 2004 AAJA Special Recognition Award 2004; 2003 Gold Aurora Award; 2002 DVDA Technical Excellence Award and DVDA Creative Excellence Award; and was a finalist for the 1987 National EMMY Award and National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter EMMY Award.
About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities, and geography through our dynamic stories.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month, made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.
General Admission: $10/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (with school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 10: Free
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.