In these challenging times we need to be vigilant and compassionate. We recognize the CDC guidelines for large gatherings and will be monitoring and updating.It is also important that we are respectful, tolerant and understanding of one another. These are challenging times and together we can get through this.
You have the power to change the world. The UN needs your help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The United Nations (UN) needs your help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms. The shortlisted work will reach everyone, everywhere.
March 29, 2020. Awesome interview with the amazing Larissa Lam talking about Asian American stories and how to share and make your points across. The amazing, versatile Larissa Lam recently produced an intriguing documentary "Far East Deep South" about her husband Brandon's family and the mysteries that unfold as they dig deep into the long forgotten stories about Brandon's father. Her message to the community is to "tell our stories to help change the world in a positive way."
The San Jose City Council will honor Dr. Jerry Hiura for his contributions to the arts community in San Jose. All are welcome.
San Jose City Hall Council Chambers: 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Dr. Jerrold Hiura, universally known as Dr. Jerry, passed away on Dec. 26, 2019. Although his life might have seemed to be a dichotomy – technical and scientific dentist who exhibited artistic achievements in poetry, art, and music – Dr. Jerry’s eclectic personality blended his two sides well. In doing so, he left a legacy of philanthropy, cultural support and dental and artistic mentorship. Also, many of San Jose’s distinguished citizens and elected officials appreciated his role as their dentist/advisor.
Jerry’s list of service were numerous and impressive: appointments to the California Arts Commission (vice chair), Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the San Jose Arts Commission, on boards such as the San Jose Museum of Art and the Japantown Community Congress, director of the Sixth Street Mural project, programs at San Jose Jazz Festival and San Jose State University, and, most significantly, co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (CATS). When he, with Steve Yamaguma and Miki Hirabayashi, founded CATS, they envisioned and accomplished its mission to provide platforms for Asian American artists of various media. CATS has presented playwrights workshops, Asian Comedy Nights (Hasan Minhaj, Ali Wong on their ways up!), play readings, film festivals, and live performances.
Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest is CATS’ latest iteration and, at a screening, Jerry was surprised with two awards: a Commendation from the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, signed by all city council members, and the Image Hero Award from SVAPFF/CATS. Numerous other acknowledgments had preceded these honors, but his wife, Lucia Cha, noted that he was especially moved by these – coming from dear and dedicated friends of the San Jose cultural community and his CATS cohorts.
Jerry and Lucia have been strong advocates and generous financial supporters of many institutions and activities. In recognition of this commitment, CATS announced that “our cultural efforts will continue to be dedicated to the lifetime work and in memory of its co-founder, Dr. Jerry Hiura.”
– Reiko Iwanaga, CATS board member
“The Silicon Valley Asian American Pacific Film Festival provides a platform for the artistry of story telling of the Asian and Pacific Islander through the lens of the American experience, the imaginable and the unimaginable connecting our lives and communities through written words, song and performance.”