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CAAL PowerTalk: Film & Discussion on AAPIs & the Criminal Justice System

Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

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CAAL PowerTalk - Film and Discussion on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the Criminal Justice System

This event features a film screening of the documentary Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story about Eddy Zheng, a Chinese immigrant who became the youngest prisoner at San Quentin State Prison and later one of the nation's most recognized leaders on prison reform and youth violence prevention.

Following the screening Eddy Zheng and Ben Wang, Director/Producer of the documentary will engage in a discussion about their work with Asian and Pacific Islanders and the criminal justice system.

To see the trailer of 
Breathin' visit

A light lunch will be served, so please RSVP by Thursday, June 21.


Eddy Zheng is the Co-Director for the Oakland based Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC.) APSC provides support to Asian & Pacific Islander prisoners and educates the broader community about the growing number of Asians & Pacific Islanders in the United States being imprisoned, detained, and deported. It seeks to address and challenge root causes of this crisis such as the deterioration of our educational system, the criminalization of our youth, and the lack of access to resources for low-income immigrants and communities.Eddy immigrated to the United States from China with his family when he was 12 years old. “Like many immigrant youth before and after me, I did not have a choice on whether or not I wanted to come to the U.S.,” he says, “I know firsthand the difficulties, barriers and frustrations the young people in our community are going through, and what can happen when they can’t get the help and support they need to succeed.” Eddy’s mission is to use his experiences to inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education, raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex has on the Asian and Pacific Islander populations, and to promote racial harmony among people of color. Eddy is the 2015 Soros Justice Fellow. In 2007, he led a book project which culminated in the publication of “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.”

Ben Wang is the Director/Producer for the award-winning documentary, BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY, named Best Documentary by CAAMFest, Austin Asian American Film Festival, and Justice on Trials Film Festival. BREATHIN’ had its public television premiere on the World Channel in May, 2017. Wang co-edited “Other: an API Prisoners’ Anthology,” the first book to document the first-hand narratives of incarcerated AAPI prisoners and is now taught in colleges across the country. Ben Wang is also the Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), which provides direct support to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) prisoners and raises awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on our communities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), Man Forward, Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC), University of Saint Thomas, Pan Asian Voices for Equity-MN (PAVE-MN), Voices for Racial Equity, We Are All Criminals (WAAC)

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University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center
Hearth Room 341
2115 Summit AVE N
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

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Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) is a multi-ethnic, multi-sector and multi-generational network of Asian Minnesotans whose mission is to harness our collective power to improve the lives of community. CAAL strives to meet its mission through supporting leaders, creating spaces for learning and connecting, and advancing actions on shared community priorities through policy advocacy, community engagement and mobilization, and illuminating research and stories that uplift the voices of those who are most impacted. 

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