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CAAM Original Production- LALA


In this segment of LALA, host L.A. Renigen heads to an unassuming strip mall in Studio City to meet the man behind the myth. She talks with famous omakase chef Nozawa and his family about tradition and trust, and tries the sushi on for size at their new venture, SugarFISH. H.P. Mendoza’s LALA is a fresh and breezy take on Asian cuisine in Los Angeles. LALA an original CAAM production, originally aired on Comcast OnDemandRead More»

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CAAM presents an outdoor screening of KAMIKAZE GIRLS


Celebrating the grand opening of the NEW PEOPLE building in Japantown and the presentation of the J-Pop Summit Festival 2009. Marking this double occasion, the Center for Asian American Media and the Japantown Merchants Association will host a free outdoor screening of the wacky, fun film, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, on Friday, August 14, at 8:15 pm. Written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, it is one of the best reviewed Japanese films to be released in the US in recent years. KAMIKAZE GIRLS offers a candy-colored glimpse into Japanese “Lolita” pop culture, and the outlandish, rococo fashions and lifestyle of young Japanese women.

A film by Tetsuya Nakashima
103 mins
Japanese with English Subtitles

Friday August 14, 2009 at 8:15PM
Japantown Peace Plaza
Post Street at Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA

Early arrival highly suggested
Seating is first-come, first-served.  Read More»

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KAMIKAZE GIRLS Fashion Show and Contest


Calling all Lolitas and Yankis! Rock your best Lolita or Yanki threads to the outdoor screening of KAMIKAZE GIRLS on Friday, August 14th for the KAMIKAZE GIRLS FASHION SHOW! Best Lolita and Yanki fashion wins a surPrize, compliments of CAAM, Japantown Merchants Association and VIZ Pictures! Contest begins at 8PM. Please check-in at the CAAM table by 7:30PM to participate.  Read More»
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SFIAAFF 2010 Call for Entries


The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival – March 11-21, 2010 – is now accepting submissions for its 28th festival. Submit early and save on submission fees! The SFIAAFF is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.  Read More»
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MATCHA: Way of the Sword at the Asian Art Museum


MATCHA, the Asian Art Museum‘s exhilarating evening mixer, returns on Thursday, August 27. View an Iaido demonstration with Esaka Sensei, get in on a movement workshop, cool down with a docent conversation, and create an artwork inspired by tsuba (a sword’s hand guard). At 5PM catch a screening of Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman, stroll the galleries, savor a sake flight from the cash bar, enjoy music spun by DJ Tau, see Lords of the Samurai, and much more.  Read More»

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India’s Film Festival of Hope 2009


Asha for Education hosts the annual FILM FESTIVAL OF HOPE on August 15 from 1pm – 12am in San Francisco. Through blockbuster Bollywood films thought-provoking documentary films, and a festive atmosphere, the festival will paint a picture for improving the lives of underprivileged kids in today’s India. Read More»

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CAA 40th Anniversary Celebration of Justice


Join the CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA at the CHINESE FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 40th Anniversary Celebration of Justice. CAAM will be recognized for its artistic showcase of diverse Asian American experiences through independent media, including hosting the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.Since 1969, CAA has defended civil rights and promoted social change to create a more equal and just society. Join CAA this landmark year as they welcome old and new friends who helped build CAA and carry on the fight for civil rights.  Read More»

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2009 NAMAC Conference


The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture invites you to join us in Boston from August 26 – 29 for Commonwealth, NAMAC’s biennial convening for media and visual arts leaders, practitioners, researchers, technologists, advocates, scholars, students, funders, and policymakers.Come to share your experiences and pool your knowledge as we convene across networks within the arts, media and culture fields, to cross-pollinate ideas and chart an innovative path forward.Whether you are interested in advocacy, developing and strengthening the media and visual arts fields, or more focused on programmatic work and how to better serve your audiences and communities there’s a session for you. From performance poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph to fundraising guru Kay Sprinkle Grace to CPB Innovation & Diversity VP Joaquin Alvarad, NAMAC is graced with an incredible line up of media, arts and culture leaders worth checking out. It’s not too late to stay where the action is. We’ve secured an extension on the discount for rooms at the Park Plaza Hotel ($165/night) until this Wednesday, August 12th. Please book now before rates jump above $215/night.  Read More»

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Now Available on DVD


Check out these festival favorites that have been recently released on DVD! A Thousand Years of Good Prayer, Princess of Nebraska, Santa Mesa, and Sita Sings the Blues are now available for home viewing. Also, look for Jennifer Phang’s HALF LIFE and TAKE OUT directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou for their upcoming dvd release. Read More»

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CAAM Educational Distribution: NOT BLACK OR WHITE


A candid look at three Asian American women who aren’t geishas, hookers, or bikini-clad masseuses. Anna Kang’s NOT BLACK OR WHITE examines the stereotypical ways in which Asian women have been depicted in the media and how three acclaimed Asian American actresses challenge and defy those concepts in their creative work and careers. Featuring interviews with cartoonist/actress Lela Lee (Angry Little Asian Girl); writer/actress Amy Hill (All American Girl, Next Friday); and actress Ming-Na (ER, The Joy Luck Club, Mulan).

For more information or to order, please contact: distribution[at]asianamericanmedia[dot]org or call 415-552-9550.  Read More »

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On Television



KQED will air OUT OF THE POISON TREE throughout the month of August. On the eve of the long-awaited Khmer Rouge trial an American survivor of the genocide returns to Cambodia hoping to unlock the mystery of her father’s disappearance in 1975. Thida Buth Mam’s quest intersects with many silent voices: widows, survivors from remote villages, monks and even former perpetrators. The broadcast dates are 8/24 11pm, on KQED LIFE (Comcast 189 and digital 54.3) 8/25 10pm, and KQED WORLD (Comcast 190 and digital 9.3) 8/30 9pm.   Read More »

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CAAM Media Fund Call for Entries: Open Door Completion Fund


Offered twice a year, this round of funding is for applicants with projects in the final post-production phase. To be eligible a full-length rough cut must be submitted with the proposal. Awards average $20,000 and CAAM funds should be the last monies needed to finish the project and deliver the broadcast master. CAAM programming staff will review proposals and rough cuts and then make recommendations to the CAAM Board of Directors. The Board makes final approval. The review process takes approximately 3 months. Deadline for submissions is August 6, 2009.   Read More »

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Featured Community Partners of the Month

Jubili |


We believe that the satisfaction and pleasure of dessert should not be a burden to your health, but a guilt-free benefit to your body and palette. Jubili promotes a healthier lifestyle while providing guests with healthy products and a fun, friendly environment. Jubili serves specialty gourmet Italian soft serve frozen yogurt & sorbet along with a full cereal bar and other menu items such as organic teas and fresh order parfaits. Life is short, have dessert first and cereal anytime….enjoi life! Check us out on Best of the Bay!!

On your way to the outdoor screening of KAMIKAZE GIRLS, swing by Jubili for some for some frozen yogurt! Buy one get one offer when you present invite at the counter. Offer valid on Friday, August 14th ONLY. Second item must be of equal or lesser value. You must present this invite to redeem offer.

CAAM Members: Receive 10% off your Frozen Yogurt, Delite Blends, Fresh Fruit Bowls, Teas and more with your membership card!

Kirin |



The Preferred Beer of CAAM

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Social Studies: Connect with CAAM

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The Center for Asian American Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing,distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

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