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Crossing East: Relations

Ellen Choy in a lockdown

Crossing East: Relations is a one-hour documentary special produced by Dmae Roberts, executive producer of MediaRites’ Crossing East series with Robynn Takayama and Alan Montecillo. The documentary addresses AAPIs and the Model Minority Myth and the historic relationship between AAPIs and African Americans. As part of a 10th anniversary celebration of the Peabody-winning radio series Crossing East, which aired on 230 public radio stations around the country we’ve been producing this documentary as well gathering more than 100 hours of oral history recordings for the Crossing East Archive.

Featuring music by David Ornette Cherry. 

Hear a promo for the first airing on KBOO.FM June 6, 2017 at 11am-noon!

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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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Crossing East Archive Project

More than 10 years ago, MediaRites debuted Crossing East, (Our Stories, Our History, Our America), the first and to date only Asian American/Pacific Islander history series on public radio.

We have embarked on an exciting project to save more than 100 hours of oral history recordings gathered for this groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning radio series hosted by George Takei and Margaret Cho.

Our goal is to put all the interviews, transcripts and photos online for the public to use for educational purposes. This act of preservation is called The Crossing East Archive Project.

MediaRites has been awarded funding from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Culture Council , the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the PGE Foundation to begin building the multimedia Crossing East archive. We will also create two event projects to celebrate the 10th anniversary year.

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In The Mix

Listen to an excerpt featuring Phillip Blanchett, Robert Karimi and Phyllis Fast 

Mixed Race is the fastest growing minority in America. The arts have opened up new ideas through colorblind casting, fusion in music, visual art, and literature. Just as each racial/ethnic group influences and changes artistic styles and movements, Mixed Race artists help to create fusion and bridges cultural and traditional differences.

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1st Person: Stories of Loss, Hope & Peace (2001)

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When do you know to let go?
And when do you remember?

For the first anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, MediaRites put together a  a collection of first person stories dealing with grief and loss. Hosted by Dmae Roberts, this CD collection has stories from some of the finest independent producers and writers around the country.

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Legacies: Faith, Hope and Peace (1998)

jamesdepriestThree one-hour radio documentaries produced by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites, and hosted by Oregon Symphony Conductor James DePreist.

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The three programs were distributed in October 1998 via National Public Radio satellite. About 100 public radio stations across the country aired this three-part series of one-hour documentaries about what moves the human spirit to create, to make sense of the world, to survive and to grow.Ê MediaRites is a non-profit multicultural arts producing organization based in Portland.

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Legacies: Tales from America (1994)

radio_legaciesA series of 13 half-hour cross-cultural and cross-generational American stories that aired on more than 100 National Public Radio stations around the country.

Hosted by Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist and produced by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites.

This series was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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