CAAM Presents May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programs and Events

"Relocation, Arkansas" directed by Vivienne Schiffer, 56:55 minutes, now streaming on through May 11, 2020.
CAAM presents an array of engaging public programs, special film screenings and online conversations throughout the month of May.

In recognition of the unique experiences and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the American story and the global diaspora, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) presents an array of engaging public programs, special film screenings and online conversations throughout the month of May.

“Asian Pacific Americans are a driving creative force in our society and we are thrilled to celebrate stories of immigration, highlight the histories of exclusion and resilience, and share the importance of cultural memory,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong.

Special Events:

Monday, May 1, 2017

CAAM will be honored by the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration recognizing the 35th Anniversary of CAAMFest and our community impact. The Awards Ceremony will take place at 5:30pm at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA. To attend, RSVP here:

Saturday, May 13

Home Movie Day: San Francisco’s Filipino Community at San Francisco Main Library. Members of the public are invited to bring their home movie reels in celebration of amateur filmmaking and home movie preservation. The event also includes a curated presentation of Filipino American home movies from Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies presented by CAAM. Organized by SFPL, CAAM, Pamela Vadakan (California Audiovisual Preservation Project), Antonella Bonfanti (Canyon Cinema Foundation/The Center for Home Movies) and Anne Marie Smatla.

Week of May 22, 2017

Google Hangout with Asian and Pacific Islander filmmakers, moderated by CAAM and in partnership with World Channel’s America ReFramed program. Visit for exact date and time.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 1-4pm

The Chinese Exclusion Act PBS documentary screening at the San Francisco Main Library in the Koret Auditorium. The film is a co-production of CAAM and Steeplechase Films, directed by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. This free screening is co-sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT), Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). For more information, please visit the library’s website:

On TV and Online:

April 27, 2017

K-Town ’92, a CAAM-funded interactive web documentary by Grace Lee, will launch. April 29 is the anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots, or Los Angeles Civil Unrest/Sa-i-gu. Explore interviews, archival footage and hear from a diverse cross section of Angelenos. An original short documentary directed by Grace Lee about journalists of color working at the Los Angeles Times will air on World Channel and stream online.

May 1-31, 2017 #MyAPALife social media storytelling

CAAM continues our partnership with PBS, World Channel, Pacific Islanders in Communications and this year, PBS’ POV, to engage the public with sharing stories about APA life. #MyAPALife is a 2017 Webby honoree and has been nominated for a 2017 Shorty Award (best in social media) alongside National Minority Consortia partners and PBS.

May 1-31, 2017 Comcast on Demand films

A slate of Asian American narrative, documentary and short films will be available on Comcast in May, including a trio of Harold & Kumar classics, Better Luck Tomorrow by Justin Lin, and Seeking Asian Female by Debbie Lum. Available on X1 and XFINITY on Demand. Visit XFINITY for more information.

May 1-31, 2017 PBS and World Channel premiere CAAM films

Lucky Chow Season 2, Mele Murals, Forever, Chinatown, Good Luck Soup, Relocation, Arkansas – Aftermath of Incarceration, Finding Samuel Lowe and Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story will premiere on PBS and World Channel in May. Check local listings.

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