As you know, I attended the National Rally for AAPI Lives last Sunday at Union Square Park, Manhattan sponsored by the Asian American Christian Collaborative. It turned out to be a great event and blessing. I was glad I went. I wouldn't mind doing it again.
Frankly, I was a little concerned attending the event not myself being vaccinated yet. But everyone was masked and social distancing and it was all outdoors. Driving in from Jersey was easy and traffic light; I found parking right at the event. This was the first time I had driven to the city since the pandemic began over a year ago. Another issue was the weather. Forecasts predicted thunderstorms and rain. But on the day of, a three-hour window of only light rain developed right during the time of the rally! There must be a God!
Several hundred people gathered at the north plaza and listened to speeches, exhortations, prayers and music. Nothing dramatic happened and there were no news or media crews around. I even bumped into some old friends behind their masks. Here's a link to the AACC recap with some news reporting and here's a link to the program with names and churches/organizations you might know.
All in all, I was glad to be out and about and standing up for AAPI lives.
Last Sunday evening (Dec. 6th), we had a great time with our Encore Private Screening of the new documentary Far East Deep South. With this and the one in July we shared this wonderful film with over 250 viewers and we had about 40 during the Q&A Zoom session. Larissa and Baldwin did a great job answering questions and sharing and we learned of their continuing success including (1) additional awards like at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (2) signing with New Day, a major distributor of educational films, (3) breaking into the higher ed market for cultural and ethnic studies like the film libraries at Stanford and Duke and (4) coming soon on PBS?
The best part is the praise we heard from viewers:
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