Between Black and White: Asian Americans Speak Out - Seattle Screening and Community Talkback [In-Person Only]
$14 General Admission
A screening and community talkback to celebrate the launch of BETWEEN BLACK & WHITE: ASIAN AMERICANS SPEAK OUT, a co-production of The WNET Group’s Exploring Hate initiative and The Serica Initiative.
The conversation about race in America is often between Black and White, leaving Asian Americans out of the dialogue. Between Black & White: Asian Americans Speak Out is a three-part series about communities building bridges. Confronting racism. Discovering surprising connections. And fighting hate – together.
Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.
The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!
We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.
The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!
If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at email@example.com. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.
Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.
NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.
Films in this program:
Bridging the Divide
(Titi Yu, US, 2023, 8 minutes, in English)
Eddie Zheng spent 21 years behind bars in California for a crime he committed at age 16. Now he’s committed to building bridges — and bridging the divide between Asian Americans and other communities of color. But he’s not doing it alone. In one San Francisco neighborhood, Blacks and Asian Americans are working together to confront racism, fear, and misperceptions about one another.
A Seat at the Table
(Andy Schulman, US, 2023, 8 minutes, in English)
In the face of rising hate against Jews and Asian Americans, Asian-Jews can feel doubly targeted by stereotypes and discrimination. Now a group of young Asian-Jews are telling their stories through music, film, and to each other. Calling themselves The Lunar Collective, they speak with Exploring Hate about identity, tradition, the model minority myth, and facing challenges as Jews of Color.
From Kingston to Queens
(Titi Yu, US, 2023, 8 minutes, in English)
She was born in Kingston, Jamaica and became a legend in Jamaica Queens. Patricia Chin is the co-founder of VP Records, the largest independent reggae record label in the world. Exploring Hate profiles “Miss Pat” and her groundbreaking contributions to the reggae music industry and Asian Caribbean history.
Cultural Investments Strategist, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Kathy Hsieh (she/her) is the Racial Equity in Grantmaking Strategist for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. A change agent in transforming the City’s arts funding program through an anti-racist lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association’s first Race & Social Justice Management Award and has been a featured presenter on racial equity throughout the U.S., Canada and even Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She is also an award-winning theatre artist and a Co-Executive Producer and founder of SIS Productions, an Asian American female-led company. She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year, by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards with A Special Award of Recognition for Excellence in Playwriting, by Verizon’s Asian Pacific American Bash’s Innovator Award, an International Examiner Community Voice Award in the Arts, a Gregory Award for Sustained Achievement in Theatre, and a Seattle Chinese American Citizens Alliance’s Fred Yee Citizens Award.
Regina Sassoon Friedland
Regional Director, American Jewish Council (AJC) Seattle
Regina Sassoon Friedland became Director of AJC Seattle in 2017. She regularly engages with elected officials and foreign diplomats on areas of interest to the Jewish and general communities, and with multifaith and intergroup representatives toward advancing matters of shared concern. Regina is a contributor to an array of media outlets and a guest speaker in the Jewish and general communities. She is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Washington Advisory Committee, Sephardic Study Advisory Committee of JIMENA – Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Advisory Board. She earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and a degree from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies with an emphasis on Jewish Studies.
Co-Producer of "Between Black and White: Asian Americans Speak Out"
Daniel Tam-Claiborne is a multiracial author, multimedia producer, and nonprofit leader. He serves as Co-Executive Director of The Serica Initiative, a nonprofit organization that galvanizes a global community of changemakers to advance positive social impact in U.S.-China relations, and Co-Producer of the WNET documentary series Between Black and White: Asian Americans Speak Out. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Daniel has spent over five years living and working in Greater China and is an outspoken advocate for Asian American issues and increased global understanding through education, cultural exchange, storytelling, and effective philanthropy.
Bunthay Cheam is a 1.5 generation Khmer refugee from Cambodia. He grew up in Seattle and is a graduate of the University of Washington. He is a co-founder of the KhAAG, an organization that advocates for community members vulnerable to the school/prison/deportation pipeline. Bunthay enjoys storytelling which he practices through poetry, theatre, film, and journalism. He is a freelance writer with bylines in Crosscut, the South Seattle Emerald, KUOW, the International Examiner and more.
JM Wong (they/them) is a queer child of the Chinese diaspora living on Duwamish lands (Seattle) via Malaysia/Singapore and many cities in between. They are a nurse, writer and organizer. They believe in the power, brilliance, and resilience of the global working class. They do outreach and organizing with the Massage Parlor Outreach Project (MPOP) based in Chinatown-International District. They are a part of the APICAG/FIGHT (Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Group/Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together) family.
Moderator: Thanh Tan
Emmy-Award winning multimedia storyteller and journalist
Thanh Tan is an award-winning multimedia storyteller, director of the “Refuge After War” docuseries on KCTS and Crosscut Origins and creator/host of Second Wave, a groundbreaking podcast from PRX and KUOW tracing the experiences of Vietnamese refugees after the war ended in 1975. Her reporting and writing has been featured across all platforms, including This American Life, The Seattle Times and The New York Times. For the first 12 years of her career, she served as a journalist and on-air reporter for the CBS affiliate in Boise, Idaho, the ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, The Texas Tribune, and The Seattle Times editorial board. She has received two national Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and produced two regional Emmy-winning documentaries for Idaho Public Television (PBS). As a storyteller for Microsoft Public Affairs from 2016 through 2020, she traveled to six continents – producing, reporting and explaining the broad impact of technology on global societies through more than 50 original video stories. In 2020, she co-founded Viet Fact Check, a bilingual website that provides fact-checked articles in Vietnamese and English. Immediately following the fall of Kabul in August 2021, she helped to co-found Viets for Afghans, a Vietnamese-led volunteer coalition that’s mobilizing communities to help Afghan refugees. She is now balancing dual careers as a senior writer/storyteller for Starbucks Stories and independent filmmaker.