Taught by ACAM faculty and filmmaker Alejandro Yoshizawa, ACAM_V 350-001 – Asian Canadian Community-Based Media offers an introduction to techniques and practices of digital media production within the context of ethical community engagement.

Students enrolled in this course are expected to produce a short film on topics and issues pertinent to local Asian Canadian communities in Vancouver.  Through readings and discussions focusing on topics including race and representation, media and technology, oral history, deep listening, and the ethics of community-based research, this course encourages students to critically reflect on their participation in filmmaking as a tool for community engagement.  To showcase the course’s teaching and learning outcomes, and to facilitate broader conversations around issues explored in student films, a public screening will be held at the end of the term.

Beyond the scope of the course, our student films produced through this course have consistently been featured in the annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival: Radicalizing Intimacies by Stephanie Fung and Joanna Yang (2014); Cantonese: Passing by Elizabeth Cheong and Lisa Lee (2015); and Under Fire by Christy Fong and Denise Fong (2016); and Flagged by Mimi Nguyen (2017).

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