Award-winning video and film producer Eden Sabolboro | Photo by Jarod Lew for Rising Voices
Metro Detroit next week will hold events showcasing artistic and cultural work that uplifts and celebrates the Michigan Asian-American community.
It’s being put on by Rising Voices, a progressive nonprofit that promotes the civic participation of Asian-American women and families in the electoral and public policy process.
“Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing populations in Michigan and the United States,” said Jasmine Rivera, Rising Voices communications director. “In the wake of more than a year of pandemic hardship and rising anti-Asian violence across the country, we are honored to work with extraordinary artists who not only uplift representation of Asian Americans persons here in Michigan, but also highlight how women and families are building collective power and working to create a better state for all.”
Asian Americans compose about 3.3% of Michigan’s population.
On Tuesday, a virtual panel discussion called ,“How do we remember: Collective approaches to healing from ancestral trauma” will be held. Branden Synder, co-executive director of Detroit Action, and Rebeca Maxon, a University of Michigan doctoral student, will join Laura Misumi, a fourth-generation Japanese American and Rising Voices executive director, to discuss the history of Japanese American internment during World War II, current day migrant detention, and mass incarnation of BIPOC communities.
On Thursday, participants will preview “DIY: Power,” a new video series created in collaboration with the award-winning filmmakers of “Final Girls,” Detroit’s professional women filmmaker collective.The multilingual civic education series focuses specifically on Michigan’s Asian-American community and seeks to engage them in the political process. Diane Cheklich, Eden Sabolboro, Lara Sfire and Kristine Patnugot will participate in the in-person event that will be held at The Film Lab in Hamtramck.
On Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, Rising Voices will participate in Dlectricity, an evening outdoor free festival in Detroit. The organization’s “Rising Voices Amplify” exhibition will be showcased. It includes a series of documentary photos profiling the Michigan Asian-American community by noted photographer Jarod Lew. The exhibition is located at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
“We believe that all of this is of critical importance, especially at a time when redistricting is going on,” said Misumi referring to the statewide effort whereby congressional and legislative districts are being reapportioned. “We want to be sure that Asian Americans are active and engaged.”
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