Who We Are

Project co-directors throughout the two weeks of the seminar will be Jennifer Hayashida and Chi-hui Yang. Each director possesses significant expertise in the fields of Asian American literary and film/video production, respectively, and each draws on a wide network of local writers, film/video makers, and community advocates in enhancing the scope and content of the summer seminar. Between 2000 and 2010, Yang served as Director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and currently he is an educator and curator whose projects include programming for Comcast’s “Cinema Asian America” as well as the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Documentary Fortnight. Jennifer Hayashida has served as Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College since 2008, and has successfully transformed the AASP into an educational hub for New York City’s Asian American community advocates, scholars, writers, artists, and filmmakers. Asian America, NY’s program manager is Melissa Phruksachart, a PhD candidate in the English Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY and adjunct professor at Hunter and Baruch Colleges, and its webmaster is Keith Miyake, a geography doctoral candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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