TEA Talks: Representation of Minorities in Media

  • Sun, June 03, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • HCC Performing Arts Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, Texas 77043

Please join OCA-Greater Houston for our next installation of TEA Talks on 6/3/18 from 11 AM to 1 PM! This talk will focus on minority representation in media, the cultural impact those portrayals have, and ways that we can change existing narratives. This event is being organized as part of the official programming of the 2018 Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFFEST: https://www.facebook.com/events/382466325565520/), and will be hosted at the HCC Spring Branch Campus, Performance Arts Center in the Black Box Theater (Rm. 443). 

The talk will be moderated by Li Lu: Li Lu is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA. She was born in Suzhou, China, and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Daughter of two physicists, Li discovered her passion in visual mediums - first through photography, then ultimately into filmmaking. Raised on all three coasts and graduating high school in Sugar Land, TX, Li received her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating cum laude. THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE, her debut feature, won three Best Feature awards and was distributed theatrically and on demand. Her current project, A TOWN CALLED VICTORIA – a documentary about an arson of a Texas mosque – has garnered support from numerous organizations, including the Sundance Institute and Austin Film Society. She also directs commercials and music videos, with some reaching over one million views. Her work has been supported by organizations such as Film Independent and Women in Film, and profiled in the New York Times, IndieWIRE, NPR, Bitch Magazine, and IMDb. A maker of fiction and documentary films, she focuses on work that creates social impact and expands representation of minorities. 


Ellie Lee: Ellie Lee started her on-camera career interviewing local musicians on Youtube. Her first on-camera gig was in college as a news anchor for Anime News Network. After graduating school, she got the call from MTV K (Korea) to be their new on-camera music host and there, she had the chance to interview some of Korea’s biggest popstars. Fast forward to a year later, she was chosen to be the new pop culture anchor for VH1 News and landed her first live TV gig on “Big Morning Buzz Live” hosted by Nick Lachey where she was the show’s correspondent. Since then, she’s done live tv on "The Wendy Williams Show," "E!'s Daily Pop," and "The Steve Harvey Show." She is currently the digital host at iHeartRadio. When she's not hosting, she's auditioning and making films. She was last seen as the female lead in the independent film, "I CAN I WILL I DID," starring opposite Dear Evan Hansen's Mike Faist.

Jackson Tobiska: Jackson is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's acting program. He fostered a love for writing/directing and producing while in school. Since then, he has spent the last 10 years working predominantly in theater where he has developed many original works for youth theater programs. His first writing directing job for film came in the form of a short web commercial shoot for an international hat company. Once bit by the film bug, he couldn't let go.

Harleen Singh: Harleen developed her passion for storytelling during frequent childhood travels in her native India, exposing her to remote places and diverse personalities. In California since 2009, she has assisted documentary producers and managed content marketing at The History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Her debut film, The Odd Couple: A Story of Two Triathletes (2015), premiered at SIFFT, and screened at festivals across the globe. The film was also a special invitee to the 2015 Parliament of World Religions. Since 2013, she has been a jurist for the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). Harleen earned an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Indian School of Business. 

Fatima Hye: Fatima Hye is a Bangladeshi-American who grew up in Houston, TX. She earned certifications in Quranic Recitation and Classical Arabic while in Jordan. She got her BA and MA from the University of Houston, majoring in Philosophy, minoring in Psychology and Media Production. She teaches philosophy and humanities at San Jacinto and Houston Community colleges, and has made several short films, usually artsy and philosophical in nature. She expects her first feature, an operatic psychological horror film, to be released next year. You can visit her website at: www.blackrevel.com.

The intent of TEA Talks is to discuss current and ongoing issues/topics that the AAPI community face and promote discussion that drive towards possible solutions to those issues. We want to make this as engaging as possible so we plan to format these Talks with interactive activities such as ice breakers, small group discussions, and socials!

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