Feb 22, 2010

Thanks USC Nikkei

I had the privilege of screening Pilgrimage at USC Nikkei's Week of Remembrance last Tuesday. I participated two years ago at the same event and was so impressed by the students at SC that I couldn't pass up another opportunity to come back, even though it was at the other school in LA.

The USC Nikkei crew:
After the film I sat on a panel with Sumi Pendakur, the director of Asian Pacific American Student Services on campus and USC Sociology Prof. Leland Saito, and discussed multiple reasons why it's important to connect the American WWII concentration camps to present day abuses of power and human rights violations. Big ups to Mika and Sean for organizing the week of events!

Feb 11, 2010

206 Rock Rock On!

A newly formed organization of young Japanese Americans in Seattle who call themselves The YoGos (Yonsei-Gosei) had their first event last Saturday and asked me to be a part of it. My favorite type of screenings are the ones that take place in the middle of a community with the people who built it. And of course, there is just a special kinda feeling when it's with my people. It was a true pleasure to show my films in Seattle's International District and build with a group of JA's who are active in shaping their community.

The YoGos

It was ironic that I left a rainy LA for a sunny Seattle. It was a gorgeous day in the 206!

I even got some ink in the International Examiner!