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    In 1914, Sessue Hayakawa became the first Asian American actor to break through on the silver screen, appearing in movie pioneer Thomas Ince’s silent classic The Typhoon, and launching a career as one of the most popular and well-paid stars in the nascent Hollywood industry, albeit in roles that consistently depicted him as villainous, violent and manipulative. As he put it himself, “I want to be shown as I really am, and not as fiction paints me….My one ambition is to play a hero.”

    Ninety-nine years later, Asians and Asian Americans have a much greater presence in U.S. popular culture — but they are often represented in ways that Hayakawa would recognize and lament: Silent thugs. Sexless nerds. Predatory temptresses, calculating conspirators and impossibly strange foreigners.

    Organized by Jeff Yang, Wall Street Journal Online columnist and editor-in-chief of the new graphic novel anthology SHATTERED, which uses the medium of the comics to explore and explode unyielding stereotypes of Asians in pop culture, BEYOND THE BAD AND THE UGLY gathers together some of the brightest and most interesting Asian American creators, and critics, activists and academics in a unique one-day summit that begins by looking back at the heritage of Asian images in American media and society, and ends by looking ahead — discussing new ways to prevent distortions and present more vivid, humanized, three-dimensional portraits of Asians and Asian Americans to a wider and more accepting audience.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

    JANM MEMBERS: Members receive $5 off of their tickets! Please contact agiffen@janm.org for your discount code.
    9:00AM-9:30AM: Registration (Continues throughout the day)

    9:30AM-10AM: Brief Welcome by Dr. Greg Kimura, President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum; Jeff Yang

    10AM-11AM: Opening Plenary: Is This Stereotype Really Necessary?

    Keith Chow (Moderator), editor at large, Shattered
    Parvesh Cheena, actor, NBC’s Outsourced
    Beau Sia, poet and author, The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time
    Andrew Ti, blogger, Yo is this Racist?
    Jen Wang, blogger, Disgrasian
    Gene Yang, graphic novelist, American Born Chinese and Level Up

    11AM-12PM: Keynote Conversation: Orientations

    Professor Jack Tchen (Moderator), author, New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882
    Jack Shaheen, author, Reel Bad Arabs; former CBS News Middle East consultant and Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
    William F. Wu, author, The Yellow Peril: Chinese-Americans in American Fiction, 1850-1940

    12PM-1PM: Keynote Conversations: Sextypes

    Jeff Yang (Moderator), columnist, Wall Street Journal Online, editor-in-chief, Shattered
    Helie Lee, director, Macho Like Me, documentary on six months as a man
    Keni Styles, adult film star

    1PM-2PM: Lunch Break

    2PM-3PM: Breakouts A: “What We Teach and Show”

    Taming Tigers: Getting Beyond Stereotypes in Parenting and Education
    Daren Mooko (Moderator), associate dean of students, Pomona College
    Julie Kang, blogger, Geisha School Dropout
    Cynthia Liu, co-founder, K-12 News Network
    Koji Steven Sakai, blogger, 8Asians; writer, Chink
    Jason Sperber, cofounder, Rice Daddies
    Paula Yoo, author, Good Enough; producer, Eureka

    Screen Adjustments: Getting Beyond Stereotypes in Media

    Jocelyn Wang (Moderator), blogger, 8Asians
    Stephen Dypiangco, National Film Society
    Patrick Epino, National Film Society
    Brian Hu, artistic director, Pacific Arts Movement (organizers of the San Diego Asian American Film Festival)
    Jerry Ma, art director, Shattered
    Jude Narita, theater artist and activist, From the Heart
    Steve Nguyen, Channel APA

    3PM-4PM: Breakouts B: What We Do and Say

    Move This: Campaigns That Work
    Lisa Lee (Moderator), blogger, Thick Dumpling Skin; diversity program manager, Facebook
    18 Million Rising (Jenn Pae/Cynthia Brothers)
    Eileen Chow, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University
    Generations of War (Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, founder, Tuesday Night Café)
    Racebending (Michael Le)

    The Politics of Perception

    Ling Woo Liu (Moderator), executive director of the Fred Korematsu Institute
    Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Tanzila Ahmed, voter engagement manager at Asian Pacific American Legal Center
    Jay Chen, Hacienda Heights school board member, congressional candidate

    4PM-5PM: Special Panel A: When is it Okay to Laugh? Ethnic Humor that Works

    Jenny Yang (Moderator), comedian, organizer, DIS/ORIENT/ED comedy tour
    Kiran Deol, director and comedian
    Andrew Fung, The Fung Brothers
    David Fung, The Fung Brothers
    Joe Luu, comedian
    Greg Watanabe, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors

    Special Panel B: Man Bites Dog: How Stereotypes Shape the News

    Richard Lui (Moderator), anchor, MSNBC
    Leslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and Emerging Communities reporter, Southern California Public Radio
    Mei Fong, Pulitzer Prize winning former reporter, Wall Street Journal
    Wendy Lee, Business Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
    Andrew Lih, associate professor, USC Annenberg School of Communications
    Co-presented with Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles

    5PM-6PM: Closing Plenary: Changing the Game

    Oliver Wang (Moderator), cultural critic, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CSU-Long Beach
    Christopher Chen, producer, Linsanity
    Jay Caspian Kang, editor, Grantland; author, The Dead Do Not Improve
    Ted Kim, EVP, CJ Entertainment America
    Deepa Jeeva, head of production, YOMYOMF Network
    Mike Le, creator and executive producer, K-Town
    Benson Lee, director, Planet B-Boy and Battle of the Year: Dream Team
    Parry Shen, actor, Better Luck Tomorrow; managing editor, Shattered

    6PM-6:30PM: “All In” Closing/Roundtable

    6PM to Closing: Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology Reception (Open to all attendees and others by invitation)