Welcome to MediaRites

MediaRites is a tax-exempt, 501 (c ) 3, nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects. Since 1984, MediaRites has produced award-winning radio and film documentariesinteractive websites, theatre and outreach projects.

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Projects

Radio

MediaRites has a history of award winning cross-cultural documentaries including the 8-hour Asian Pacific American history series Crossing East, winner of the Peabody in 2007.

Theatre

See MediaRites current and past stage productions. Our current project, Theatre Diaspora, presents staged readings to highlight Asian American/Pacific Islander plays and arts.

Community Outreach

Through the years, MediaRites has worked with community organizations and schools to create arts and media opportunities for students, underserved groups in the Portland-metro area.

Video

See videos created for the Crossing East series, winner of Peabody award in 2007, a flash video from the Coming Home project in Kodiak, AK ion 2009  and the Mei Mei film in 2014

The Latest

“Washer/Dryer” Reading with Theatre Diaspora

Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy

May 14th at 7:00 p.m. & May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ellyn Bye Studio

During May, Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Media Rites’ Theatre Diaspora Project’s new season begins with an enhanced staged reading directed by company member Samson Syharath. Cast includes Anthony Lam, Sarika Mehta, Elaine Low, Dmae Roberts and Mathew Sepeda.In this light-hearted romantic comedy, interethnic newlyweds Sonya and Michael would love nothing more than to live happily ever after in Sonya’s single occupant New York co-op apartment (with built-in washer and dryer). Standing in their way, however, are Michael’s meddling mother, Sonya’s nosy co-op manager, and a litany of other squabbles they must overcome to save their relationship.

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit pcs.org/blog/washer-dryer-reading-with-theatre-diaspora

Refugee Dreams Revisited – Youth Performances

Refugee Dreams Revisited
Produced by MediaRites Productions.

Starting with the fall of Saigon in April 1975, refugees from Vietnam awaited approval to move to the US and other countries. By 1979, there were almost 62,000 Vietnamese in refugee camps, with more than 140,000 people displaced from Cambodia and Laos. Portland, Oregon, was one of the medium-sized US cities that dealt with the relatively sudden influx of every major ethnic group (Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, Mien and Cambodian) from Southeast Asia.

More than 25 former refugees were interviewed for the Refugee Dreams Revisited project, which was created for the Peabody award-winning series Crossing East that ran on 230 public radio stations.

Join MediaRites for a special performance of Refugee Dreams Revisited, true local stories of sacrifice and resiliency, presented by our local Asian/Pacific Islander youth as they honor the historical struggle and preserve the powerful stories of their elders in this powerful reading performance.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
2:00 pm
Refugee Dreams Revisited at North Portland Library
First come, first served.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
2:00 pm

Refugee Dreams Revisited at U.S. Bank Room – Central Library
First come, first served.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
4:00 pm

Refugee Dreams Revisited at Midland Library
First come, first served.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
2:00 pm
IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)
Final Crossing East event with Refugee Dream Revisited performances/talkbacks
AND
Unveiling of Crossing East Archive of AAPI oral histories and interviews

This program is made possible in part by PGE Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition through the Oregon Cultural Trust.

 

Consider a Tax-Deductible Donation!

Happy Holidays!

Since 1991, I’ve run MediaRites, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects.

Currently, the Oregon Cultural Trust is doubling donations given to MediaRites until December 31, 2016. Make a donation to MediaRites, and donate the same amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust, and you get that same amount back as a tax credit.

We’re in the final stages of completing the  Crossing East Online Archive Project of more than 200 hours of oral history interviews of Asian American/Pacific Islander stories. We need your help to raise $3000 to complete our budget so we can preserve important historical stories. 

In digitizing the recordings we collected for the original Crossing East history series 10 years ago, we’ve learned so many of the elders, activists and scholars we interviewed are no longer with us.

Since Crossing East aired 10 years ago, we’ve lost historians Ronald Takaki, Wayne Maeda and Jeffrey Barlow as well as civil rights leader Yuri Kochiyama and labor activist Ah Quon McElrath. Ed Wah, one of the last relatives of Oregon’s Ing “Doc” Hay and Carolyn Micnheimer, the former caretaker of the Kam Wah Chung museum in Eastern Oregon are also gone. And so many elders we interviewed across the country have left us too. Their stories can live on in the Crossing East Archive. 

These stories need to live on and that’s why we’re building this archive. We hope to have it ready to launch by May for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)  Heritage month. The Crossing East Archive will also include an oral history of the original host of Crossing East, George Takei.The Crossing East Archive project also includes

  • New stories about AAPIs and African Americans to trace historic tensions and moments of unity for our “Relations” one-hour radio documentary which will also air in May on public radio stations. Now more than ever we need to learn how to work together.
  • And Refugee Dreams Revisited, the Portland Southeast Asian refugee segment for the Crossing East series. We’re working with AAPI youth for a series of free staged readings directed by professional directors Samson Syharath and Lidet Vivarong. Each public performance will be accompanied with a post-show panel discussion with original interviewees such as Kilong Ung, Lee Po Cha and Sokhaum Touch to name a few of the community leader elders.

Help us with our goal to raise $3000 by the end of the year so we can complete our budget for the Crossing East Archive Project. Please consider an end of the year donation to help us archive all the valuable broadcast-quality recordings, perhaps the most complete collection of AAPI history interviews from around the country and to produce the new “Relations” radio documentary as well as to help youth to perform the stories of Portland’s Southeast Asian refugees elders.

To make a tax-deductible donation, click the PayPal link on the home page of our site: mediarites.org.  Or reply to this email for a mailing address.

Donations of $50 or more will receive a season subscription for our Theatre Diaspora project plays in 2017 or a digital download of the entire Crossing East radio series or anything in our store! 

Wishing you a warm holiday season and thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Dmae Roberts
Executive Producer
MediaRites
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MediaRites provides innovative, award-winning radio, theater and documentary programs. For more information, visit the MediaRites website: www.mediarites.org. 

Thank you to our first funders of
our Crossing East Archive Project! 

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