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April 23: San Diego Asian Film Festival to Host Special Panel “RISE – A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now” Book Event

April 18, 2022

April 23: San Diego Asian Film Festival to Host Special Panel “RISE – A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now” Book Event
-Pacific Arts Movement to host panel with Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jeff Yang, and Philip Wang (Wong Fu Productions), authors of the book, RISE: A Pop History of Asia America from the Nineties
-Conservation will take a nostalgic look back on the jagged paths to community in Asian America and an inspired national cultural movement through three decades of pop culture history

Pacific Arts Movement (presenters of the San Diego Asian Film Festival) is hosting a panel with Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jeff Yang, and Phil Wang (Wong Fu Productions) (scheduled to appear) the authors of the book, RISE: A Pop History of Asia America from the Nineties. RISE discusses thirty years of Asian American pop — with contributors from all around the country and from different walks of life, the book brings together an ever-growing community of Asian Americans. The panel discussion takes place at the 11th SDAFF Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23 at 5PM at the Ultrastar Cinemas in Mission Valley, San Diego. The book has special connections to San Diego, as UCSD-graduate co-author Philip Wang is joined by other San Diego-based contributors, making this panel even more personal. Joining the panel are book contributors Linda Chung, artist and illustrator for the book and screenwriter William Yu.

This festival, historically the largest platform of Asian cinema on the West Coast, strives to represent the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community through storytelling. This past year has been one of the biggest years in Asian American pop culture, especially in terms of Asian and Asian American faces in the mainstream. This conversation will reflect over the history of Asian American pop, taking a nostalgic look at three decades of art, community, and identity.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now Book Event | Special Presentation, Live Panel | April 23, 5 PM
Join the authors of RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, Phil Yu, Jeff Yang, and Phil Wang (final lineup of panelists TBD) for a special talk about the book — its inspirations, contradictions, and aspirations. Copies of RISE will be on hand, sold by local Asian American-owned bookseller Comickaze Comics. Q&A Panel with RISE Authors, Final slate of panelists TBD. Free outdoor reception after the panel discussion.

Interviews available: For interviews with filmmakers, actors, or festival staff and list of available screeners, please fill out a media accreditation form and contact media@sdaff.org.

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