Dawn of a New Day: Asian American Women Who Are Changing Media

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Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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“DAWN OF A NEW DAY: ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN WHO ARE CHANGING MEDIA,” is a panel of Asian American women in film/tv/media that promotes social change with their work. This panel of fierce female leaders, storytellers, and activists who have challenged a predominantly male-dominated industry will be moderated by Ada Tseng of LA Times. Panelists include Actress Tess Paras, writer Fawzia Mirza, performance artist Kristina Wong, and director Grace Lee.

Ada Tseng is the entertainment editor for TimesOC, an LA Times community paper covering Orange County. She has also written for Public Radio International, The Washington Post, LA Weekly, and NBC News.

Grace Lee is an independent producer, director, and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the Peabody Award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS.

Fawzia Mirza is one of the most buzzed rising stars in Hollywood. Her popularity increased after being staffed on the CBS / Berlanti / DuVernay series RED LINE. Her 2017 feature film Signature Move which she co-wrote, produced, and starred in has won numerous major festival awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prize.

Tess Paras is an actress, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles. She is featured on the Amazon Studios’ series, JUST ADD MAGIC and on the CW’s CRAZY-EX GIRLFRIEND. She is most recognized for her role on NBC’s hit drama, GRIMM which introduced the first Filipino-American storyline on primetime television.

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, writer, and elected representative who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong, and Africa. She has been a guest on late night shows on Comedy Central and FX, and an actor in various films and TV shows.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is partnering with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Ethno Communications, and Asian American Studies Department along with the Japanese American National Museum and the nonprofit media arts organization, Visual Communications (VC), for this event as part of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Lecture Series.* This is also the closing program for the exhibit AT FIRST LIGHT at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), organized by VC and JANM to encapsulate the quest to present more authentic portrayals of Asian American communities. AT FIRST LIGHT charts the development of an Asian American "movement" as captured by the images made by the founders and core staff members of Visual Communications. The panelists of DAWN OF A NEW DAY will show how this movement has evolved and continues to change the face of media.

*The UCLA Luskin Lecture Series enhances public discourse on topics relevant to the betterment of society. The Series features renowned public intellectuals, bringing together scholars as well as national and local leaders to address society’s most pressing problems. The Luskin Lecture series has included speakers such as journalist Jorge Ramos; Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; Secretaries Leon Panetta, Anthony Foxx, and Madeline Albright; Governor Howard Dean; and Police Chief William J. Bratton.

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October 17, 2019

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Light Reception

6:45 pm Program begins


JANM Aratani Central Hall

100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

RSVP required for admittance.

Admission is free, but registration is required for each attendee.

Transit: via Metro Bus lines 2/302, DASH, 30, 40, 330 and the closest Metro Purple and Red lines are at Civic Center Station

Parking: Several pay lots available in Little Tokyo. Metered street parking is also available.


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