Asian Pacific American Heritage

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icon-asian-americanAsian Pacific American Heritage

Still image from the film First Person
Remembering the Past, Building a Future
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month explores the fragile frontiers between disparate identities, a space experienced by so many individuals from immigrant and minority backgrounds, and certainly by many Asian Pacific Americans. Borders, real or imagined, political or social, create zones where individuals become both American and Un-American, both visitor and resident. Citizenship forms only a part of one's larger identity, which remains locked between two worlds. It is this difficult tension between one's heritage and one's current home that we want to understand this year, and the ways in which that tension is complicated by national boundaries, geography, movement, imagery, and cultural norms and values. This year, we also seek to understand the pathways available to Asian Pacific Americans. We want to understand how one can find a place of comfort in an uncomfortable borderland, to resolve the conflict between roles in tension, and to discover a sense of agency over their identity.

Indiana University Asian Culture Center

This series presented in partnership with IU Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian Culture Center, Asian American Studies Program, East Asian Studies Center, and IU Cinema.

Films for the series are being provided courtesy of the filmmakers, the Center for Asian American Media, and POV, PBS’s award winning nonfiction film series.

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