This is a year to remember in so many ways. But we also have many things to be thankful for, including the 40th anniversary of the Center for Asian American Media. It’s a strange time to be celebrating such a significant milestone, but here at CAAM we feel it’s important in the midst of all that is happening in the world to come together to reflect on our past—and our future.
For our 40th anniversary, we’ve worked with our partners at the San Francisco creative agency Otherwise to develop our year-long CAAMForward campaign and website, CAAMForward.com, dedicated to the history of our organization and where we’re headed in the future.
Click on Our History to find out about the humble beginnings of our organization at a grassroots gathering of filmmakers in Berkeley, and a timeline of some of our key milestones in four decades of advocating for Asian American media.
Visit Storytellers to find a gallery of the custom illustrations artist Resi Bhaskoro has created of the creatives who are shaping Asian American storytelling of tomorrow. Click on each picture to read the profiles written by our team of writers from around the country to learn more about what drives these filmmakers, musicians, and chefs. And check back throughout the fall as our remaining storytellers are unveiled.
Our 40th anniversary year will culminate in a virtual CAAM Forward Celebration on Saturday, November 21, 2020. While we wish we could be together in person, we will gather safely online with special guests to reflect on the importance of telling our stories to find community with each other, and to get inspired by how we are moving forward in these times.
This will be CAAM’s final fundraising event of the year, so we encourage you to donate, if you are able. But the event will be freely accessible to all. RSVP here.
If you are unable to attend but would like to support CAAM with a fully tax-deductible donation, please click here. All proceeds will support the CAAM Forward Campaign to sustain and strengthen CAAM’s vital work in building community, supporting filmmakers and artists, and realizing special initiatives that uplift marginalized voices.
Hope to “see” you on November 21!