Madison’s Asian American Media Spotlight shines a light on new storiesThe Badger Herald


Bong Joon-ho, director of the Oscar-winning Korean film “Parasite“once said,” Once you get past the one-inch-high subtitle barrier, you’ll find so many more amazing movies. “

In recent years, films directed by and featuring a major cast of Asian and Asian American creators have taken the world by storm. From films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Parasite,” to more recent shows such as “Squid gameThe innovative force behind these new ideas allowed a wider audience to discover a new cultural realm, while entertaining us and breaking our hearts.

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Apart from these sensational hits, there is a world rich in stories that have been and will continue to portray the stories of Asian-American Pacific Islanders. Viewers have the opportunity to experience some of those stories this weekend at the Asian American Media Spotlight in Madison.

Sponsored by the UW Department of Asian American Studies Program, Anonymous Fund, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Center and Cinemathique, the Asian American Spotlight will feature four different films, listed below.

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“Paper tiger” (93 min) from October 15 to 19

Based on a true story, “Paper tiger “ recounts the journey of a Chinese-American mother and son. The son struggles with mental health issues following the loss of his father, which also puts a strain on his relationship with his mother. This film is screened virtually and is accessible here. The password is SPOTLIGHT2021.

“Cane Fire” (90 min) October 16, 4 p.m. CST

“Cane fire” focuses on the stories of native Hawaiians and the working class in Kaua’i. This documentary tells the stories of those affected by the tourism industry, compiling footage from conversations with family members of director Anthony Banua-Simon and activists. This film will be screened in the Henry Vilas room, room 4070. For more information, visit here.

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“Chan is Gone” (80 min) October 16, 7 p.m. CST

“Chan has disappeared” follows a taxi driver and his nephew, looking for their friend across San Francisco. This film examines both many aspects of Chinatown life and the cultural environment. This film will also be screened in the Henry Vilas room, room 4070. For more information, and the other films, visit here.

“Fighting for the Family” (30 min) October 19, 11:00 am CST

“Fight for the family” is a documentary about the emotional toll of deportation, and follows a refugee who is returned to Vietnam, leaving behind his wife and daughters. This screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with director Lan Nguyen about her own experiences and the documentary. This documentary will be screened in the Brogden Psychology Building in Room 103.


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