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Congratulations Nathan and Pauline!

Full article at Metroactive

Dr. Jerry to be honored by San Jose City Council, Tuesday, 3/10/20 at 1:30pm

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


In memory of Dr. Jerry. METRO News
– Gary Singh, writer

January, 2020

Dating After College

By Jenny Li November 30, 2019

With the advancement of technology and shifting of social norms, modern romance has transformed in the 21st century. What does dating look like today for millennials straight out of college? For an older generation learning the ways of the internet? How does technology affect our relationships and the way we communicate? The team at Wong Fu Productions (Benson Quach, Christopher Yang, and Taylor Chan) as well as actress and director Julie Zhan tackled some of these questions in their projects “Dating After College” and “Zoetic.” We sat down together at the 2019 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest where their works were being screened to investigate these topics and more.  (SEE FULL ARTICLE)


By Jenny Li  October 28, 2019

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest 

Returns This Fall

The Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest returns once again this year with its opening night on November 1, 2019 at the CinéArts in San Jose’s Santana Row.  (SEE FULL ARTICLE)


APALI Arts and Activism Panel Monday 7/22

The Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, APALI on the De Anza College Campus held an Arts and Activism Panel and Workshop, Monday, July 22, 2019. Lead by Coordinators Anthony Le, Christine Chai and Lawrence Su, the event drew around 60 students, the future leaders in our community. Panalists included hip hop artist, Tony Santa Ana, Steve Yamaguma, co-chair of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest, Angel Trazo, children's book author and illustrator, and Tiffany Nguyen, youth organizer at Yello USA. For more info on the panel and workshop, or the work that APALI is doing, contact Anthony Le at


Planning Meeting Wednesday evening, 7/17- 7pm


Congratulations all, on a successful event!

The first panel discussion "Telling Our Stories Through Independent Film"  held on June 26, 2019 was a great success. Provacative discussions from the panelists Dianne Fukami, Matthew Abaya, Jon Osaki and Rick Quan entertained and educated the audience as to the "why's" and importance of doing independent film, and their journeys to bring their films to the big screen. Moderated by iHeart Radio's Stephen Chun, the full-house audience was treated to insights, challenges and the rewards of developing an idea, raising funds, building a team, producing, and eventually finding distribution to bring their films to an audience.

Photos from the event will be posted soon. Stay tune.


June 26, 2019
"Telling Our Stories Through Independent Film:
A Panel Discussion

Japanese American Museum of San Jose JAMsj

Wednesday evening June 26, 2019 7pm - 9pm
 Japanese American Museum of San Jose JAMsj

Filmmaking can be as simple as recording an event, such as taking a cell phone video. However, the art of Visual Storytelling delves much deeper. Visual Storytelling captures not only an event,  be it fictional or historical, but also the nuances surrounding the event that provide richness and depth, making the story that much more compelling. Such Asian stories could be a box office success like Crazy Rich Asians, a recently previewed biography of Mayor Ed Lee, or a Filipino folktale about mythical creatures. Hear from independent filmmakers who are telling Asian stories through film - why they do it and the challenges they face.

Matthew Abaya , Filmmaker, Vampariah
Dianne Fukami, Director/Co-Producer, Mineta Legacy Project
Jon Osaki, Filmmaker, Alternative Facts
Rick Quan, Television Anchor, Mayor Ed Lee

Moderator: Stephen Chun, Reporter, iHeart Radio

Panelist and Moderator Bios: CLICK HERE

7pm Networking
7:30 Panel Discussion
9pm Event concludes

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free, but please consider a donation at the door for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. A special 1-year Membership to NAAAP San Jose is available to attendees at the rate of $30, 25% off our normal annual membership. Discounted All-Access passes for the  Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Fest will be available at the event.

Event Partners:

NAAAP San Jose
Kollaboration San Francisco
Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Fest

Japanese American Museum of San Jose JAMsj


May 9, 2019
CAAMFest Opening Night Film and Gala

SVAPFilmFest members Leianne Lamb, LaDonna Yumori-Kaku, Vickie Taketa, Nathan Louie, Victor Jang, and Steve Yamaguma attended the opening night CAAMFest Gala at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Rick Quan filmmaker, Karen Fang author, Steve Yamaguma SVAPFilmFest, and Danton Mew stuntman and martial artist

Pictured: Vickie Taketa, LaDonna Yumori-Kaku, CAAMFest Festival & Exhibitions Director Masashi Niwano, and Steve Yamaguma

Our very own Nathan Louie (in white top hap) with Miss Chinatown San Francisco and USA.

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Jerry Hiura. San Jose arts group honors co-founder.
Nichi Bei: 10/4/12  
Barbara Hiura, Nichi Bei Weekly Contributor

Jerry Hiura. photo by Barbara Hiura

SAN JOSE — Community members, politicians, artists and arts advocates honored Jerry Hiura, a Japantown dentist whose passion for the arts, fine and otherwise, has led him to lead arts commissions and councils, chair arts committees, and help found a nonprofit organization that brings Asian American artists, theater and films to a San Jose audience.

Many of Hiura’s oldest and dearest friends, and new kids on the block alike, roasted and toasted the Nikkei at the Contemporary Arts Theater Scene (CATS) gala event, which was held Sept. 7 at the Fairmont Summit Center. Hiura has spent more than 30 years helping to give Asian artists a stage, venue or gallery to showcase their talents.


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article by Heidi Chang. Los Angeles Times

Happening in the realm of film and media.

Sheridan Tatsuno, advisory board member, writes about "VR Storytelling" and the effects of new technologies on films, movies, video as well as other industries.

The Convergence of Storytelling and Technology

For decades, I've pursued my love for storytelling by writing business articles and books which were made into television documentaries, despite a deep suspicion in Silicon Valley that aspiring artists belong in Hollywood. Even today, I meet many "closet artists" in Silicon Valley who are frustrated in their efforts to be creative on the job, but are stuck in dead-end social marketing jobs creating ads. In an era when AI and robots are already eliminating millions of marketing, sales and other office jobs, we need more innovative thinkers and creators who can create totally new industries, not just promote stagnant markets.



Karen Fang at the CAAMFest Gala, May 9, 2019

SVAPF recently connected with film scholar Karen Fang, who has been writing about Asian and Asian American film and media for nearly two decades. She has interviewed or written about prominent filmmakers and artists like Justin Lin, John Woo, Wong Kar-Wai, Wayne Wang and David Henry Hwang, and she runs a media studies initiative at the University of Houston.  Her  2017 book, Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film, was featured at Asia’s biggest book expo, and shows how one of the world’s most successful cinemas outside of Hollywood offers illuminating insights on the pressing contemporary topics of surveillance, security, and social control. Karen is on the advisory boards of the Houston Cinema Arts Society and the Film Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; has been a jury member of the CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival in Bellingham, Washington; and is a frequent contributor to the catalog of the Five Flavours festival of Asian cinema, in Warsaw, Poland.  Her newest project is a biography of celebrated Chinese American artist and illustrator, Tyrus Wong.

Check out Karen's recent book:
"Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film"

Stanford University Press, 2017