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California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) This program looks into the lives of Asian-American artists whose works explore their experiences as ethnic minorities.
There are three parts:
1.) “Samurai Center-fielder” profiles performance artist Dan Kwong, who uses his love of baseball as a metaphor to examine his personal and cultural history. We see excerpts from “Secrets of a Samurai Center-fielder,” his critically acclaimed one-man show, and vignettes from “No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee,” the all-male show Kwong developed to help “promote viability and break the silence of the Asian-American male voice.” This later piece was a part of an Asian-American performance art festival at Highways, the Santa Monica-based alternative theater space.
2. Janice Tanaka grew up in an all-white Polish suburb of Chicago, and identified herself as such. She has been trying to resolve her confused cultural identity for years, but only after she moved to Los Angeles and met members of the Asian-American Community has she been able to do so. Interviews with Tanaka are intercut with clips from her avant-garde videos which reflect the recent coming-to-terms with the recent death of her mother, a survivor of the WWII internment camps.
3. “Bringing it to the Schools” is a look at a portion of “The Los Angeles Music Center on Tour” program, the Music Center’s outreach to schools and community centers. We follow Noboko Miyamoto’s company, Great Leap, as it presents a program introducing the Asian-American experience to mostly not-Asian elementary students in Rialto. The program focuses on a discussion period between the children and the performers which demonstrates how theater arts can bridge cultural gaps.
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