College of San Mateo’s Ethnic Studies Department is hosting the fourth annual Asian Pacific American Film Festival Saturday, May 4 in the college’s main theatre, building 3. The program begins with an afternoon matinee at 1 p.m. followed by the evening program at 7 p.m.
The afternoon matinee begins with Tadashi Nakamura’s “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.” This is a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Jake Shimabukuro and how he became a musician.
The second feature is by Christopher Woon, another young award winning filmmaker. Woon’s film, “Among B-Boys,” gives us a peak into the world of B-boying or breakdancing among the Hmong American youth.
The evening program features “Blossoms & Thorns: An Uprooted Community” by Ken Kokka. “Blossoms & Thorns” is a documentary short film that tells the story of flower growers in Richmond who were caught up in the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. There will be a Q&A with Kokka after the screening.
The second evening feature is “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai’i” directed by Ryan Kawamoto and produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i. Although more people are aware of the relocation and interment of the Japanese Americans from the West Coast, “The Untold Story” is about the little known stories of the interment of persons of Japanese ancestry who were living in Hawai’i before the attack on Pearl Harbor. There will be a Q&A with Kawamoto and JCCH Executive Director Carole Hayashino.
In addition to the films, the college will have traditional auana hula with ukelele performances.
There is a $5 suggested donation for each program, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Students are encouraged to attend. Parking is free in Beethoven Lot 2.
On Saturday, May 4, at noon, the Mary Meta Lazarus Child Development Center at College of San Mateo kicks off a Spring Benefit Concert featuring the Reggae sounds of the Bay Area band, “Native Elements” and the Afro-Cuban beat of “Zanzibar” in the main quad, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
The concert is a celebration of children and families and all proceeds go directly to benefit the CSM’s Child Development Center. The event will include children’s activities and drawing prizes.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic lunch or they may purchase lunch from the on-site Taquero. Beverages will be provided, however; alcohol is not permitted on the campus.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and free for children under 13. Tickets can be purchased on the day or by calling 574-6279.
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