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VIDEO: Asian American Storytellers Reflect on CAAM


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Mar 19, 2024
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As part of our 2023 End of Year reflections, highlighting CAAM’s critical role in supporting storytellers and untold narratives, we asked three talented Asian American storytellers to talk about how Center for Asian American Media has played a part in their development as creatives.

Deann Borshay Liem is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian known for her films exploring war, memory, adoption, and identity, with her most recent documentary, Crossings, screened at CAAMFest and on PBS in 2023. Some of her most notable works include Geographies of Kinship (2019) Memory of the Forgotten War (2013), and First Person Plural (2000). Read more about Deann and her work with CAAM here.

Ursula Liang is a film and television producer, journalist, and story consultant known for her work in a wide range of media, with her latest feature, Jeanette Lee Vs., which screened at CAAMFest 2023.
Some of her most notable works include Down a Dark Stairwell (2020), 9-Man (2014), and Tough Love (2014). Read more about Ursula and her work with CAAM this profile from our Storytellers series.

Gayle Romasanta is publisher, writer, and artist known for her focus on the Filipino American experience, with her latest project, Larry the Musical, which presented its sneak peek at CAAMFest 2023. Some of her most notable works include Prieto (upcoming) and her book co-written with the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon, Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong (2018).

Videography and editing: Huan Cheng
Photography: Treehouse Vista Studios, Bob Hsiang, Barak Shrama, Deann Borshay Liem’s personal collection
Films: Crossings, First Person Plural, Geographies of Kinship, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, Memory of the Forgotten War by Deann Borshay Liem, Jeanette Lee Vs. by Ursula Liang, Larry The Musical by Christopher Sotelo

Produced by CAAM Staff:
Anteeniya Bell, Development Associate
Robin David, Individual Giving Officer
Stephen Gong, Executive Director
Jennica Gonzales, Marketing Coordinator
Jonathan Hsieh, Development and Partnerships Manager
Grace Hwang Lynch, Director of Communications and Engagement
Frances Pomperada, Director of Development

For over 40 years, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has been dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. As a nonprofit organization, CAAM funds, produces, distributes, and exhibits works in film, television, and digital media. For more information about CAAM, please visit CAAMedia.org.
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