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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Here’s an official statement from Pres. Barack Obama.-JCD

“The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discrimination——yet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their families and creating opportunities for their children.

Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects of society…

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”

Read the full press release here.

Before our email started acting up, we didn’t get to finish sending out our early November newsletter. Here it is in case you did not receive it. Thanks for tuning in!

Opening credits by Gino Tadiar

Opening credits by Gino Tadiar

Dear Friends and Supporters of ANOMALY,

Fall is definitely here and the presidential elections are in full gear! We recently finished working with motion graphics designer Gino Tadiar, who created an innovative look for ANOMALY’s opening and end credits. We are now working with a talented composer to create an original score that draws on various musical genres and influences. Maybe we’ll post some mp3s online in the future?

In the meantime, check out our video clips online and in Seattle!

In this issue:

1. More YouTube Clips

2. Wing Luke Exhibit in Seattle

3. Additional Screenings/Events

4. Seeking Archival Clearances Coordinator

5. Support Outreach


We have added more clips to our YouTube channel! Check out these short videos about Gabriella, Michelle and Pete:

Gabriella’s “Black and White” song and growing up in an adopted family

Michelle’s haunting spoken word piece, “Arirang (The Return)”

Pete’s “Third Eye-dentity” through trumpet and poetry

Share them with friends and add them to your YouTube favorites. Subscribe to our channel,, so that you get email alerts the instant we post new videos!

And stay tuned for more video clips in the future!


Some of our video clips are showing in a special exhibition at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. “My Place or Yours: Embracing Mixed Identities” is a poignant exhibit examining the diversity and complexity of community and identity from a mixed Asian Pacific Islander American perspective. Special thanks to Exhibits Manager Michelle Kumata and the MAVIN Foundation’s Louie Gong. Find out more about the museum and visiting hours here:


In addition to Seattle, we also have private screenings this fall in Maine and other areas across the U.S. We’ll be sure to let you know about public events near you! ANOMALY is being used as a discussion starter around race and culture, mixed race identity, interracial families, and the changing demographics of our country.

You can book ANOMALY for your local community group, university course, college club, conference, film festival, or art center. Guest speakers and live performers from the film are also available. Email us at with your dates and location! International inquiries welcome.


We are seeking a New York-based freelance Archival Clearances Coordinator to clear music, photo, film and literary rights. Candidates must be extremely detail-oriented, organized, and self-directed, with strong research skills and good judgment. Should have some familiarity with independent film, non-profit arts, or legal work. Prior experience with rights clearances a plus, but will train the right candidate. Work is on a freelance basis for 5-10 hours per week. Flexible scheduling would be suitable for a freelancer or grad student. Inquire at with a one-paragraph overview of your work experience and interest in this project. We’ll email back with more details about the assignment and rates. Feel free to spread the word to people who you think may be a good match!


In addition to hosting events, there are other ways in which you can help our grassroots outreach efforts:


Thanks to our supporters, old and new, our online videos have been watched more than 5,500 times! Watch all 5 of our clips and post comments. They are all under 3 minutes so watch them at work, at home or on your mobile device! Send the links to your friends and spread the word!


Recent private donors have helped us put the finishing touches on the film. You can make a tax-deductible contribution and get your name in the film’s credits! Make a check out to our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Third World Newsreel, write ANOMALY on the memo line, and mail to the address in the footer below. Or, you can also donate online through this link:

We hope that everyone is doing well. On a personal note, Sharon has relocated to Seattle and Jessica continues living in New York longing for a backyard.

From the East to West Coasts, places in between, and around the world, we hope to see you at a screening or event in the near future—

in person or online!

Jessica Chen Drammeh


Sharon K. Smith



ANOMALY is a groundbreaking documentary film that takes an insider’s look at the experiences of multiracial Americans. Through personal narratives, ANOMALY stimulates viewers to think about identity, family and community in a changing world.

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