2017 Madison’s Asian American Media Spotlight

Friday October 13th – Sunday, October 15th

Join the Asian American Studies Program for three film screenings at UW-Madison.

FINDING KUKAN, Q&A with Director Robin Lung | Friday Oct. 13, 7pm at Elvehjem L140

Documentary filmmaker Robin Lung searches for the lost film KUKAN and the truth about the mysterious female figure, Li-Ling Ai, who may have been crucial to its production. As Lung finds out more about KUKAN, an Academy award winning documentary about World War II China from 1941, the significance of Li-Ling Ai’s role slowly becomes clear. Lung discovers the inspirational, intriguing story of a woman who made a mark on film history in a time of enormous prejudice against her gender and race.

COLUMBUS | Saturday Oct. 14, 7pm at Vilas 4070

While visiting to help his ill father, Jin (John Cho) begins a friendship with recent high school graduate Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), who works at the local library in Columbus, Indiana. As they explore the striking modernist architecture that fills the small town, Jin and Casey face their complicated feelings for their families and each other. This beautifully shot, absorbing story is director Kogandaʼs first feature.

MIXED MATCH, Q&A with Director Jeff Chiba Stearns | Sunday Oct. 15, 7pm at The Marquee, Union South

This eye-opening documentary focuses on mixed race blood cancer patients who must consider their multiracial identities as they struggle to find bone marrow donors because of their complex genetics. Combining personal stories from patients and experts in the field with animated segments that provide context about his discoveries, director Jeff Chiba Stearns explores the important topic of how mixed ancestry can impact medical care.

Thanks to our sponsors, including The Anonymous Fund, Cinematheque, WUD Film Committee, the Asian American Student Union (AASU), and the Mixed Student Union (MSU).