CAAM provides a wealth of resources for schools, community organizations and companies interested in learning more about Asian American history and stories. This month in particular, students, teachers, professors, libraries and institutions across the US remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history: Asian Pacific American history.
Despite the challenges our communities face even in the 21st century, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are no strangers to overcoming hardship and excelling despite the odds.
Being that this Asian Pacific American Heritage Month’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion,” we are proud to provide such an extensive wealth of resources through CAAM Films, a collection of over 250 titles that seek to span the breadth of our stories and experiences.
Through the month of May, receive a 40% discount off the list price for the films below by entering this code at checkout: APAHM2012 (Available for K-12, colleges, universities, public libraries and qualifying community organizations.)
We are excited to bring our stories to light in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and far beyond. From Toshiko Akiyoshi‘s grand ascent into the world of American jazz to the legacy of Vietnamese refugees in America, we are proud to offer a special promotion on some of our most seminal titles including:
- 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between
Asking her grandmother what advice she has for young people, filmmaker Anita Chang receives a simple reply: “Politics!” Despite a third stroke and a century of struggle, “Democratic Grandma” remains true to the ideals that earned her acclaim and a memorable nickname in Taiwan…
- Assimilation/A Simulation
Assimilation, best practiced blissfully and blindly, is the compliant response to systems of cultural dominance. Through various disturbing perspectives of women, men, self and mom, Chien portrays the dilemma of internalized expectations in regard to definitions of beauty and gender roles.
- A Song for Ourselves
During the 1970s when Asians in America were invisible to the country — and more importantly even to themselves — the late Chris Iijima’s music provided the voice and identity an entire generation had been in search of.
- Arirang Part I & II
Korean Americans are a long-time, widely dispersed presence in the United States. Yet for most Americans, they remain a people without a story
- Bui Doi: Life Like Dust
Life for most young Vietnamese youth in the United States is a “life like dust.” This film goes inside the mind of Ricky Phan, once a gang leader in Southern California and now serving an 11-year sentence for armed robbery.
- Blue Collar Buddha
This dramatic documentary explores America’s most recent refugees, struggling against the mounting tension of a post-Viet Nam era filled with guilt and anger.
- China 21
This eye-opening documentary follows four Chinese families as they step into the 21st century. Working without official permits, the filmmakers used compact digital video gear to record intimate portraits of ordinary people..
- Daughters of Everest
DAUGHTERS OF EVEREST brings a unique flavor to the familiar story of the attempt to climb Mount Everest. In 2000, the first-ever expedition of Sherpa women to climb Everest was organized.
From the late Kayo Hatta, the director of the award-winning ‘Picture Bride,’ comes FISHBOWL, a comical coming-of-age tale based on Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s novel, ‘Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers.’
According to 2000 Census statistics, nearly 7 million Americans identify themselves as multi-racial, or ‘hapa.’ This engaging first-person documentary is about marathon runner and TV producer Midori Sperandeo’s struggles to come to terms with her hapa identity.
IMELDA explores the life and psychology of the First Lady who reigned besides president-turned-dictator Ferdinand Marcos from 1965-86.
- In No One’s Shadow
This video recounts Filipino American history from the 1900s to the present, exploring many of the contributions that Filipinos have made to this society in fields such as agriculture, arts and politics.
- Jazz Is My Native Language
This is the heroic story of Toshiko Akiyoshi – artist, wife, and mother – and her ascent into the American jazz world.
- Passing Poston
During World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated and spent the war years in one of ten internment camps located in remote and desolate areas throughout this country.
- Passing Through
Fresh out of college, Adolfson – a Korean adoptee who grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota – decides to return to his land of birth for fun and new experiences.
- Spirit of Taiko
Hosted by percussionist Sheila Escovedo, a.k.a. Sheila E, THE SPIRIT OF TAIKO chronicles “taiko” drumming in the United States over the past 40 years through the reflections and memories of both American and Japanese artists.
- Saigon, U.S.A
Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees have nurtured a community known as Little Saigon in Orange County, California.
Based on the memoirs of the filmmaker’s grandmother, TURBANS explores the inner struggles of an Asian Indian immigrant family torn between their cultural traditions and the desire for social acceptance in America.
- Whatever It Takes
WHATEVER IT TAKES chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the very first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school set in NYC’s South Bronx.
- When the Storm Came
The women of Kunnan Pushpora trek through the jungle to collect firewood for fuel in the militarized valley nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in Kashmir. But they are haunted by a night now deeply entrenched in their collective memory.
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