AAPI Heritage Month!

AAPI Heritage Month!

What's new to CCTV? A List of Programs to Check Out This Month!

  • Posted on: 21 March 2022
  • By: Alfonso

AAPI Heritage Month

For the week of May 2:

Boston Foundation: We Rise Together, Town Hall on Asian Resilience, Power, and Solidarity, an hour and a half webinar featuring Asian leaders in the greater Boston area.
4 PM on Tue 5/3
7 PM on Wed 5/4, Thurs 5/5
1 PM on Fri 5/6
12 PM on Sat 5/7

An Evening with “Crazy Rich Asians” Author Kevin Kwan, Singaporean American novelist Kevin Kwan discussed his satirical novels "Crazy Rich Asians," "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems" along with the box office hit "Crazy Rich Asians," the screenplay based on the 2013 novel. From the Library of Congress.
4 PM on Mon 5/2
3 PM on Wed 5/4
6 PM on Fri 5/6, Sat 5/7

Surati: Classical and Folk Indian Dance from New Jersey, Surati performs Indian classical and folk dance from New Jersey, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. From the Library of Congress.
7:30 PM on Mon 5/2
1 PM on Tue 5/3, Wed 5/4
3 PM on Thurs 5/5
4:30 PM on Fri 5/6

Playing & Talking About Baseball Across the Pacific, a panel of experts discussed how American baseball has influenced and been influenced by Japanese culture since the 19th century.
1 PM on Mon 5/2, Thurs 5/5
7 PM on Tue 5/3, Fri 5/6
4 PM on Sat 5/7

AAPI Heritage Month: Hear Our Voices, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we discuss the different AAPI experiences in America. In today's political climate and the rise of reported hate crimes against the AAPI community, it is important to hear our stories, our voices, where we come from, and what we endure, with the hope for more understanding, compassion, and unity. #StopAsianHate Produced by Alfonso Mateo.
5:30 PM on Mon 5/2
2:30 PM on Tue 5/3, Wed 5/4
8:30 PM on Thurs 5/5
4 PM on Fri 5/6

That Summer Boy, a short film about a queer Asian guy struggling to come out. Produced by Alfonso Mateo.
6:30 PM on Mon 5/2
8:30 PM on Wed 5/4

For the week of May 9:

Being Indonesian and Filipino, in this video podcast, Kesya and Alfonso reflect on their culture, heritage, and everything related to being Indonesian and Filipino. They talk about their home countries, the things they miss dearly, their experiences living in America, and their feelings toward the #StopAsianHate movement. Produced by CCTV.
2 PM on Mon 5/9, Tue 5/10
7 PM on Wed 5/11
3 PM on Thurs 5/12, Sat 5/14
6 PM on Fri 5/13

Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes, DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee discusses his work in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. He will appear in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang ("Generations Forged") and writers Sarah Kuhn ("Shadow of the Batgirl") and Minh Lê ("Green Lantern: Legacy"). This event is moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang ("Superman Smashes the Klan"). From the Library of Congress.
7:30 PM on Mon 5/9, Thurs 5/12
1 PM on Wed 5/11
7 PM on Fri 5/13
4 PM on Sat 5/14

Filipino Americans: The Other Asian Americans, author and poet Jon Pineda discussed the Filipino American experience within the context of his work. From the Library of Congress.
4 PM on Mon 5/9
8 PM on Tue 5/10
2:30 PM on Wed 5/11, Fri 5/13

Conversation with Chang-rae Lee and Viet Thanh Nguyen, Chang-rae Lee, author of "My Year Abroad" (Riverhead), and Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of "The Committed" (Grove), discuss their early experiences as immigrants to the United States, the complexities of displacement and belonging, and the various ways their novels confront history and culture, with Elizabeth Blair, senior producer/reporter on the NPR News arts desk. Bonus content: Ryan Wolfson-Ford, Southeast Asia reference librarian from the Asian Division, describes the Library's collection of works from Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Mon 5/9, Thurs 5/12, Fri 5/13
7 PM on Tue 5/10

I Spy a Spy: Social Anxiety & Farce in North Korean Comedy Film, Immanuel Kim discussed social anxiety and farce in North Korean comedy film. His presentation plays out against a ghostly landscape of North Korean society, much of which is tragic: the Korean War, economic crises, tensions along the DMZ, and famine. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Tue 5/10
8 PM on Wed 5/11
2 PM on Thurs 5/12
6 PM on Sat 5/14

For the week of May 16:

Recovering the National Memory: The Quest for a Pre-Colonial Filipino Past, Virgilio S. Almario discussed what Filipino culture means and what Philippine society values, cherishes and protects. He explored the evolution of the Filipino culture and society, which are influenced and shaped by myths, legends and folktales, especially in pre-colonial times. Drawing on symbols and artifacts in Filipino historical and literary texts, Almario discussed the importance for the Filipinos to reimagine and rediscover themselves and their heritage for a strong cultural identity. He will conclude with an analysis of the future of the Filipino culture and literature with a thought-provoking question: Are folk narratives vestiges of an irrelevant past, or wisdom for surviving the modern world? The event was co-sponsored with Sentro Rizal Washington DC and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Mon 5/16, Thurs 5/19, Fri 5/20
8 PM on Tue 5/17

Anime for All: Kihara Hirokatsu, Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu discussed his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for his latest projects. "Anime for All" was a celebration of east-Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration. It showcased Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern day forms of art and sought to illuminate how Japan's ancient history has played a significant role in pop-culture and how it continues to inspire creativity in the arts. From the Library of Congress.
2 PM on Mon 5/16, Thurs 5/19
7 PM on Tue 5/17, Wed 5/18
3 PM on Fri 5/20

Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins, this lecture focuses on two distinct but related writing traditions in Southeast Asia: those at centers of power and those at the margins. Looking at centers, the lecture examines religious manuscript production such as Indonesian texts. For the margins, the focus will be on Zomia -- a geographically and culturally peripheral area corresponding to the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia -- where writing and resistance to centralizing states will be among the themes discussed. The lecture will also cover the cultural, social, psychological, historical, geographical, and spiritual aspects of writing. "Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write" is a three-part series cosponsored by the Library with the Endangered Alphabets Project, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that supports endangered, minority and indigenous cultures by preserving their writing systems through original artwork and educational materials. The featured speaker in this lecture series is the project's director Tim Brookes, while Library of Congress librarians will also speak briefly in each virtual lecture to introduce relevant materials in the Library's collections. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Tue 5/17
7 PM on Thurs 5/19
4:30 PM on Fri 5/20

Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes, DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee discusses his work in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. He will appear in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang ("Generations Forged") and writers Sarah Kuhn ("Shadow of the Batgirl") and Minh Lê ("Green Lantern: Legacy"). This event is moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang ("Superman Smashes the Klan"). From the Library of Congress.
7:30 PM on Mon 5/16
1 PM on Wed 5/18
6 PM on Fri 5/20

Stop Asian Hate: A Conversation with Super Smack AKA JD Ricafort, produced by Montclair TV34.
4 PM on Mon 5/16

Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition Vigil, Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition observed a community vigil honoring victims of Anti-Asian violence. Recorded March 26th, 2021. Produced by Malden Access Television.
2:30 PM on Wed 5/18
7:30 PM on Fri 5/20

For the week of May 23:

An Evening with “Crazy Rich Asians” Author Kevin Kwan, Singaporean American novelist Kevin Kwan discussed his satirical novels "Crazy Rich Asians," "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems" along with the box office hit "Crazy Rich Asians," the screenplay based on the 2013 novel. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Wed 5/25, Fri 5/27
7 PM on Thurs 5/26

Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins, this lecture focuses on two distinct but related writing traditions in Southeast Asia: those at centers of power and those at the margins. Looking at centers, the lecture examines religious manuscript production such as Indonesian texts. For the margins, the focus will be on Zomia -- a geographically and culturally peripheral area corresponding to the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia -- where writing and resistance to centralizing states will be among the themes discussed. The lecture will also cover the cultural, social, psychological, historical, geographical, and spiritual aspects of writing. "Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write" is a three-part series cosponsored by the Library with the Endangered Alphabets Project, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that supports endangered, minority and indigenous cultures by preserving their writing systems through original artwork and educational materials. The featured speaker in this lecture series is the project's director Tim Brookes, while Library of Congress librarians will also speak briefly in each virtual lecture to introduce relevant materials in the Library's collections. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Mon 5/23
7 PM on Tue 5/24
5:30 PM on Fri 5/27

Being Indonesian and Filipino, in this video podcast, Kesya and Alfonso reflect on their culture, heritage, and everything related to being Indonesian and Filipino. They talk about their home countries, the things they miss dearly, their experiences living in America, and their feelings toward the #StopAsianHate movement. Produced by CCTV.
4 PM on Mon 5/23
2 PM on Tue 5/24
3 PM on Wed 5/25, Thurs 5/26
7 PM on Fri 5/27

I Spy a Spy: Social Anxiety & Farce in North Korean Comedy Film, Immanuel Kim discussed social anxiety and farce in North Korean comedy film. His presentation plays out against a ghostly landscape of North Korean society, much of which is tragic: the Korean War, economic crises, tensions along the DMZ, and famine. From the Library of Congress.
1 PM on Tue 5/24
2 PM on Wed 5/25
8 PM on Thurs 5/26
3 PM on Fri 5/27

Boston Foundation: We Rise Together, Town Hall on Asian Resilience, Power, and Solidarity, an hour and a half webinar featuring Asian leaders in the greater Boston area.
7:30 PM on Mon 5/23
1 PM on Thurs 5/26
4 PM on Fri 5/27

Tune in to Channel 9 from Saturday to Sunday and watch our AAPI Heritage Month programming during our weekend marathon! Saturday & Sundays on CCTV Channel 9.