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BOSTON, Mass. (May 20, 2013) – WGBH celebrated Boston’s dynamic Asian Pacific American community on Monday, May 20 with a special, public screening of Model Minority: Do the Math, a short documentary film that examines the complex and contradictory stereotype of Asian Americans as academic overachievers. Immediately following the screening, Liz Cheng, General Manager of WGBH Television and the national multicast WORLD Channel, moderated a lively discussion with the film’s producer and a panel of leaders from Boston’s Asian American community on the depictions of Asian Americans in society and pop culture.
“The topic of negative and positive stereotyping as it relates to bullying couldn’t be more relevant given recent news events,” said Cheng. “When I was growing up, there were few successful Asian role models in any media, with Asians typically portrayed in a negative light. Today, at WORLD and at WGBH, I am proud to say we are dedicated to reflecting diversity in all its glorious variety with programming that is of interest to all.”
Created and directed by Producer Teja Arboleda, Model Minority: Do the Math reveals the impact of the model minority myth – a complex and contradictory stereotype of Asian Americans as academic overachievers – on the experiences and perspectives of Asian American college students. Through powerful, personal comparisons, the film aims to divert attention from systematic structural racism by emphasizing individualism, and to overcome misconceptions surrounding Asian American students. Model Minority will air on the WORLD Channel, Sunday, May 26 at 7:30pm.
“Being from Japan, and having two daughters of East Asian mix, the model minority myth has always been a personal concern,” said Arboleda. “As a professor and documentary producer, I felt it was time to expose this particular stereotype as being harmful on many levels. WGBH and my fellow panelists can bring the affected community together to heal, and tell the true stories about the Asian American experience. Model Minority: Do the Math is a film which tells some of these stories, with valuable insight from educators and experts on these issues.”
In addition to his role as creator and producer of Model Minority, Teja Arboleda, M.Ed. serves as President and Creative Director of Entertaining Diversity, Inc., and is currently an Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnic Relations the New England Institute of Art. Joining him on the event panel was a diverse group of experts and opinion leaders including:
- William A. Howe, Ed.D, Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education;
- Andrew Leong, JD, Associate Professor of Legal Education, Immigration Law, Asian Studies, College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston;
- Chi Chi Wu, Member of the WGBH Community Advisory Board and Co-Founder of the Brookline Asian American Family Network.
Liz Cheng, Teja Arboleda, Bill Howe. Andrew Leong and Chi Chi Wu
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org
New Video Demonstrates How to Cook Traditional Asian American and Pacific Islander Dishes in a Healthy Way
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 – To promote healthy eating among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Chef Ming Tsai have teamed up to film a cooking demonstration in the White House kitchen featuring healthy and traditional Asian recipes that follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate food icon.
The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/BKKF-HryVsg
The cooking demonstration video is a collaborative effort between the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative and the USDA to ensure that Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are aware of, can culturally relate to, and can easily adapt the dietary guidelines emulated by MyPlate.
MyPlate serves as a powerful visual cue to remind all of us to choose healthier foods among the five food groups and build healthier plates at mealtimes. It points consumers to the ChooseMyPlate.gov website where consumers can put the Dietary Guidelines into action.
“Cultural and taste preferences are important, and this MyPlate video reminds us that we can enjoy our traditional foods prepared in healthier ways. USDA is committed to empowering Americans to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, through tools such as MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, who led the cooking demonstration, was born and raised in the Philippines and has a background in AAPI cuisine. Chef Comerford has emphasized that it is possible to prepare and eat healthy and nutritious meals without losing ties to our culture.
“There’s no reason to have to sacrifice the foods we love in order to eat a healthy diet,” Comerford said.
Chef Ming Tsai agreed, “The key here is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor, sacrifice culture, to make food that is still actually good for you.”
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Executive Director Kiran Ahuja stated, “It is critical that AAPI communities are able to access federal resources in a culturally meaningful way. AAPIs suffer disproportionately from diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and healthier eating can be part of the way to address this issue.”
Additionally, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children have the highest rates of any minority group for being overweight or obese and hold an elevated risk for developing cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
4-H Education Center at Auerfarm – FREE two week long Interdistrict program for rising 4th and 5th graders
4-H Education Center at Auerfarm
FREE two week long Interdistrict program for rising 4th and 5th graders - Download Flier
Get outside* Explore Auerfarm’s ecosystems * Make new friends * Become a farmer and naturalist * Hike to Heublein Tower * Search for animal tracks * Take care of farm animals * Tend gardens * Keep a nature journal * Walk a goat * Catch insects * Take a hayride * Dig in the dirt * Splash with ducks
Space is limited! Register now to save your child’s place.
Registration forms available online at www.auerfarm.org
or by calling (860) 242-7144 ext. 10
Information Session: June 5th from 3-5 PM * Ask questions. Meet staff.
Visit the farm
Also – check out the Summer Academy
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