The Race Epidemic features interviews with CA Attorney General Rob bonta, Congressman Judy Chu (CA-27), CA Legislative Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly Member David chiu (AD-17), member of the Assembly Evan Low (AD-28), Thomas Saenz, Esq. the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and other academics and elected officials. (Full list of actors here).
Attorney General of the CA Rob bonta says in the film: “A lot of people see the anti-immigrant rhetoric in action of the federal administration as a Latin problem, it is not just a Latin problem, it is a human problem of course, but also a problem. very asian. Our community is under attack by this anti-immigrant rhetoric. ”
Ultimately, the film seeks to heal America through understanding, compassion, and knowledge. “A thorough understanding of each other’s history and struggles is fundamental to bringing us together as a nation. Unfortunately, in times of economic uncertainty and fear, race has been used to divide us. This film can help people. to understand that we are all in the same boat, and when one of us is attacked, we all suffer, “said Ronald wong, writer and producer of the documentary.
The documentary’s release comes amid widespread reports of discrimination and violence against AAPIs during the coronavirus outbreak, 32% of Asian adults say they feared someone might threaten or physically attack them – a larger share than other racial or ethnic groups. The vast majority of Asian adults (81%) say violence against them is increasing, far exceeding the share of all American adults (56%) who say the same thing, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released this week.
Now is the time for this film and its important message. Selecting The Race Documentary for inclusion in CAAMFest, the selection committee said, “This is an incredibly relevant film due to the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. It was nice to see you connecting the legacy hate history to what’s going on right now. We think your film would be perfect for our festival. ”
While recent attacks on AAPIs have tragically increased, this is not a new story, as it has unfolded throughout America’s history. The Chinese exclusion law was preceded by riots in both countries. San Francisco and the Chinatowns of Los Angeles where Chinese workers were murdered and millions of dollars in property destroyed due to the perceived threats and dangers to public health that the Chinese community posed.
However, this film is more than just documenting history; it also aims to arouse emotions and actions. “I learned the perceptions of Asian Americans through cinema. When I was growing up in Southern californiaI was regularly ridiculed and bullied based on negative perceptions of AAPIs on the big screen. Negative stereotypes and degrading representations of us have real effects on our community and the psyche of AAPI, ”said Tony shyu, director and writer of The Race Epidemic.
The documentary is produced under the auspices of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. APALF’s mission is to engage the AAPI community in active civic participation by creating, sustaining, building and strengthening local community infrastructure to help prepare and train qualified AAPI leaders for public service. The documentary will be used as part of a comprehensive program to help address prejudice, discrimination and violence against AAPIs.
The documentary on the racing epidemic will be visible at CAAMFest from May 13 to May 23. For more information visit https://caamfest.com/2021/movies/the-race-epidemic/
Trailer link: www.theracedocumentary.org.
Ronald W. Wong, Producer and writer – Founder of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation and Chairman of Imprenta Communications Group, an award-winning public affairs, ethnic marketing and advertising company. Ron is a producer and screenwriter and oversees the production and management of the documentary.
Ron has been involved in politics and political campaigning for 30 years. He has won nearly 100 awards for his creative work, including the production of commercials, public service announcements (PSAs), and traditional and digital advertising, including recognition from the Asian Pacific Islands Caucus of the Legislature of the state of California, among others.
A master storyteller, Ron is a recognized expert in politics, communications and advertising targeting diverse communities. He was appointed politician in President Clinton’s administration in the Community Relations Department of the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on hate crimes policies, racial reconciliation, the Presidential Race Initiative. , and developed the “One America Dialogue Guide”.
The Racial Epidemic is the culmination of Ron’s work in the fields of politics, social justice, and political empowerment of various under-represented communities over the past 35 years. Ron has been involved and engaged in civic and political engagement and the empowerment of AAPIs for nearly four decades.
Tony shyu, Director and screenwriter – is a recognized director and award-winning screenwriter. Tony is director and producer of The Race Epidemic. Tony spent many years in Asia create award-winning advertisements for major brands such as Avon, Volvo and Visa. He won the Taiwan Times price, which is Asia the equivalent of a Clio price. The PSA he made for API Vote with George takei, John cho, and Constance wu won the 2016 videographer award.
Tony is also currently in production on an all-Asian distribution show for Bravo TV and in development for an all-Asian TV show for Netflix. His award-winning screenplay Macau Omen, has been translated into a novel and is now being developed into a feature film. His short film, Macau Twilight (2008) was an official selection at the BFI London Film Festival. Tony has also written, directed and produced a feature film, Tequila body shots (1999), which was distributed by Lionsgate.
Tony received his BA and MFA in Cinema Fame Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, who is known to create visual storytellers. His classmates at Art Center included renowned directors Michael bay, Zack Snyder, and Tarsem Singh among many others.
Johnnie giles is a Executive producer and previously Executive Director of External Affairs of Comcast Corporation and Vice President of External Affairs of Comcast Cable, in this capacity he was the primary interface between Comcast and the AAPI’s national community organizations and collaborated with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. He has been active in the AAPI community for nearly three decades. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the Center for Asian American Media, and was a founding member of Asian Americans for Good Government PAC, which supports AAPI candidates for election. Johnnie was also a founding chairman of the board of directors of the California Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, and he has also served on the boards of a number of organizations serving the AAPI community, including AAJC, APIAVote , APALC, APAPA, JACL, ACE, OCA and APAICS C4.
John & Sarah kobara serves as Executive producers. John is a social entrepreneur who has advanced social change and the issues of AAPI communities through a variety of positions of influence. For 30 years, he has been leading workshops for Asian American leaders. John and Sarah raised three young Asian-American leaders who all pursue careers with purpose. John and Sarah have dedicated their lives to supporting the dream of their immigrant ancestors by helping others build a more joyful, equitable, just and compassionate world. They actively support the Japanese American National Museum, the Center for Asian Americans for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), the US Japan Council, the MLK Community Hospital Foundation, Coro and Defy Ventures.
The Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation was founded in 2004 as a 501 (c) (3) non-partisan, nonprofit organization designed to help prepare and better equip America’s Asia-Pacific leaders (APA ) for public service and civic engagement.
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