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Fighting For Representation: The Asian American Cinema Movement

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Da Vinci Art Alliance

704 Catharine Street

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Fighting For Representation: The Asian American Cinema Movement a talk by Rob Buscher, Festival Director, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

September 25 - 7pm

Join Rob Buscher, Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), for a discussion about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in film & television. Contextualized within the larger Asian American movement, Rob will discuss negative stereotypes dating back to yellowface, and analyze how contemporary media portrayals perpetuate issues like the perpetual foreigner myth, exoticization of Asian culture, and model minority myth.

Bio: Rob Buscher, Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is a film and media specialist who has worked in many aspects of film including production, administration and distribution. Due in part to his biracial Japanese American heritage, Robʼs expertise is Japanese and East Asian Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer in a wide variety of genres. Some of his career highlights include co-founding Zipangu Fest - the UKʼs premier Japanese Film Festival, and creating the Japanese Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies curriculum at Arcadia University. Robʼs board affiliations include Japanese American Citizens League National Strategic Planning Committee, Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia Heritage Month Celebration Planning Committee, JACL PHL Chapter and PHLDiversity Boards, Governor Wolfʼs Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Mayor Kenneyʼs Transition Team, 2016 DNC Host Committee Member, and Chair of the AAPI Arts Council of Pennsylvania.

*Please note this is on a Monday evening



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