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Madison’s Asian American Media Spotlight

October 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - October 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

poster for various "Madison's Asian American Media Spotlight" events in 2016


Burdick-Vary Events, Organized by Dr. Lori Kido Lopez:

Join us for a weekend celebrating brand new Asian American documentaries and filmmakers, brought to you by the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison. All films are free, open to the public, and followed by Q&A. Organized by


Q&A Leaders: Jaeki Cho; Pamela Tom; Tad Nakamura; Yizhou Xu


BAD RAP – Friday Oct. 7, 7pm at Elvehjem L140 followed by Q&A with Producer Jaeki Cho.  This documentary follows the careers of four Asian American rappers – including Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks — who must literally and figuratively battle for a space in a hip hop culture that fails to acknowledge their existence.

TYRUS – Saturday Oct. 8, 2pm at Vilas 4070 followed by Q&A with Director Pamela Tom.  This documentary reveals the epic achievements of 104-year old Chinese American painter Tyrus Wong, whose watercolors provided the inspiration for Disney’s animated feature BAMBI.

MELE MURALS – Saturday Oct. 8, 7pm at Vilas 4070 followed by Q&A with Director Tad Nakamura. This documentary by Tad Nakamura tells the story of Native Hawaiian youth who are combining indigenous forms of spirituality with the contemporary art of graffiti in order to build community.

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF LOVE – Sunday Oct. 9, 2pm at Elvehjem L140 followed by Q&A with Producer Yizhou Xu. Produced by University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Yizhou Xu, this documentary examines the cultural, economic, and political implications of contemporary love in China.


October 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
October 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140
800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States