“Growing up, until really last year, I don’t know that I would have readily brought up my white mother to anyone. It was not something I’m embarrassed by, but to announce that was synonymous to some black people to saying, ‘I think I’m better than you.’ This whole thing has felt almost like a coming out as biracial – saying ‘this is a thing, we exist, and this is a future.'”–Jordan Peele
We’re so excited that thanks to the generosity of Greg Pak we’re giving away 15 copies of The Princess Who Saved Herself. The children’s book based on a song by Jonathan Coulton, and follows the story of the multiracial Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion. You will be among the very first to get the book! Come early and snag a copy in the giveaway!-Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
Jia-Rui Chong Cook
Panel: Writing the Mixed Experience Professionally, June 13, 2015 11:00am-12:20pm, Nerio Education Center
Jia-Rui Chong Cook is managing editor of Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit in Santa Monica that blends humanities journalism and live events. Zócalo publishes personal essays and news analyses that end up on the websites and op-ed pages of over 160 syndicate partners (including Time, The Washington Post, and USA Today). She is the lead editor on a joint Zócalo-Smithsonian project called “What It Means to Be American,” a national, multiplatform, multimedia conversation that brings together leading thinkers, public figures, and Americans from all walks of life to explore big, visceral questions about how our nation’s past can help us understand its present and imagine its future. Prior to joining Zócalo, Jia-Rui was a reporter in the science and local news sections of The Los Angeles Times and a science writer and media relations specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is Chinese-American, and the mother of a mixed-race child.
Short Film Program
June 13, 2015 10am-10:50am with Filmmaker Q&A
In 1990, producer Dmae Roberts won a Peabody-award for her radio documentary, “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song.” It was the first bi-racial and Taiwanese-American radio documentary on public radio. 25 years later, she created a half-hour film using the audio documentary “Mei Mei” as the soundtrack.
Mixing live action, animated effects and archival footage, “Mei Mei” tells the story of Dmae and her mother as they travel to Taiwan together after a long absence.
As Chu-Yin Roberts’ story unfolds she reveals the abuse she experienced when she was sold into servitude at the age of two and her hardship growing up during World War Two. She talks about the female Buddha who saved her life. It soon becomes clear the tensions they experienced with each other had to do not only with the always-complicated mother/daughter relationship, but also the fact they were of different cultures yet intrinsically tied together because they were family.
This multimedia film is the 25th anniversary of the radio documentary that originally aired on NPR, BBC, CBC and ABC.
Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody winning radio art/writer whose work often airs on NPR. Her work is often autobiographical and cross-cultural and informed by her biracial identity. Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She recently adapted this radio documentary into a film. She won a second Peabody-award for her eight-hour Crossing East documentary, the first Asian American history series on public radio. She received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists (USA) Fellow. Her stage plays and essays have been published in Oregon Humanities magazine, But Still, Like Air I’ll Rise (Temple University Press), Reality Radio (UNC Press), Alexander Press and The Sun Magazine, Where Are You From? by The Thymos Group and Mothering in East Asian Communities book collection by Demeter Press. Roberts has been writing a personal column for the Asian Reporter and been hosting/producing Stage & Studio on KBOO FM. She is the executive producer of MediaRites Productions in Portland, Oregon.
Dmae Roberts on-line:
Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and Live Event, Tateuchi Democracy Forum, June 13, 2015 6:30pm-8:00pm
Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer and public health consultant whose writing has been described as “highly evocative” by the Lambda Literary Review. He has performed spoken word at universities from Vassar College to UC Berkeley, in the film “Against a Trans Narrative,” and at Creating Change, the premier national LGBTQ activism conference. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award, the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community (APIQWTC) Phoenix Award, and is listed on the Trans 100. His forthcoming memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy. Learn more at www.willywilkinson.com.
This is a perk you really shouldn’t miss out on! We have an amazing show lined-up for this year’s Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and you can have 2 reserved VIP seats with a contribution to our Indiegogo campaign. We only have 20 of these perks available!
This year we’re honoring The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal who recently produced the wonderful special Half Like Me AND New York Times bestselling writer Jamie Ford author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet (which has sold 1 million copies and counting!) and Songs of Willow Frost. They have both confirmed their attendance and we couldn’t be more excited!
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Here’s your chance to grow your kids’ library of books with mixed-race and biracial characters. Contribute to the Mixed Remixed Festival Indiegogo campaign and you will get a copy of I am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian Jones, Amy Hodgepodge by Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts, and Mixed Me by Tiffany Catledge.
You will love these wonderful books that reflect the complexity and the fun of coming from a blended family. Make sure your kids, or nieces and nephews have these books on their bookshelves and support the Mixed Remixed Festival!
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