"Just from a creative standpoint there are just entire genres that I’m locked out of, being Asian, because of historical reality. You know, like the cowboy picture (laughs). Basically you’re doing immigrants, smaller immigrant roles. And if you’re doing bigger roles, you’re doing modern tales. That is to say, contemporary stories. And you can do futuristic stories. So I guess I’ve done those.
What I’m locked out of is American history. There just aren’t roles written for Asians in stories that revolve around American history. So you’re dealing with that handicap off the bat.”
The late civil rights activist, Japanese American Yuri Kochiyama, is the subject of Rea Tajiri’s Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1993). The documentary screens Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. The screening is free. Please RSVP at PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org.
On people of color uniting:
“My priority would be to fight against polarization. Because this whole society is so polarized. I think there are so many issues that all people of color should come together on, and there are forces in this country who want this polarziation to take place.”
To read more of Yuri Kochiyama’s quotes, information about an upcoming New York memorial, and musician/educator Taiyo Na’s essay about Yuri Kochiyama and Tupac Shakur, go here.
"Because if a Japanese American woman such as Yuri and Malcolm X were a hard pairing for people to imagine, then undoubtedly in public imagination Yuri and THUG LIFE are too; and what people don’t understand about Yuri reveals exactly how much we don’t understand about social movements." - from “Yuri, Tupac, and a Harlem House" by Taiyo Na
Frameline Festival is coming to San Francisco from June 19-29! To gear up for the world’s largest LGBT film festival, we’re excited to give CAAMers an opportunity to watch an exclusive look at Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy! The film captures the award-winning, sold-out comedy performance from Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), while also showing a touching profile of his life and story.
Win a pair of free tickets to Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy by entering our contest! The rules are simple. To enter, you must “like” the CAAMedia Facebook page and post a response to our contest question. The contest will end on June 16, 10 am. Winners will be announced June 17. Good luck!
Contest Guidelines: 1. Like our CAAMedia Facebook page. 2. Post a response to our contest question. 3. Stay tuned! Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 17 at 10 am.
Contest Prize: A pair of tickets Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy (2013, 78 min). Sunday, June 22, 6:30 pm. Victoria Theater (2961 16th St)., San Francisco.
Have you ever had to deal with any direct or indirect racism in the industry?
When I was working at Channel One, Rolling Stone magazine had this “hot” issue. They named like “hot hamburger,” “hot actor,” “hot designer” and they had a category called “hot reporter.” And one year, they named me as their “hot reporter.” I was like 19 or 20 years old. While I was at Channel One, someone cut that photo of me out of the magazine and drew slanted eyes on it and put it in my mailbox. And it was one of the most horrifying experiences that I’ve ever had because I walked out of that mail room and everyone looked guilty to me. And it was so hurtful because up until then, these people were my family. I was traveling to war zones with some of these people, and spending more time in my office than I would spend anywhere else.
Over the next few months, Hulu Plus will be offering free, digitally re-mastered episodes of Sailor Moon. This is the first time Sailor Moon will have a complete airing for a U.S. audience since its initial adaption on American television in the ’90s. It was originally produced for an English-speaking audience, airing on Fox Kids, YTV, TV2, and Cartoon Network. The show helped launch anime as a global phenomenon, particularly for a female audience. The difference now, however, is that these are fully uncensored episodes (more on this later), including Season 5: Sailor Starlights, previously unreleased in North America. For loyal fans and new viewers alike, the internet has been buzzing with the chance to watch Sailor Moon’s lunar romances and intergalactic adventures again.
Over the years, Sailor Moon has launched a contentious conversation on race, gender and sexuality. Usagi’s (the main character) shortcomings and courage help make Sailor Moon an nuanced conversation around emotional and physical strength, as well as feminism.
Sailor Uranus clarifies in one episode that she is a woman. “I don’t recall ever saying that I was a guy.”
Among dedicated viewers and fans, Sailor Moon is famous for its representations of queerness, sexuality and challenging gender norms. However, during its first airing in the U.S., the show was censored to take out queer representations. SailorStars is assumed to have been cut because it depicted gender-shifting. For example, in the original show, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus are enamored lesbian lovers. When aired in the U.S., they were recast as cousins.
This year’s Directions in Sound events are a true feast for the ears. Our Here Comes Treble showcase on Saturday, March 22 celebrates achievements by leading female performers, including local favorites journalist-turned-emcee Rocky Rivera, and singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin. Also featuring sets by DJ Umami, DJ ThatGirl, DJ Roza and DJ Chauee. Don’t miss this must-see event!