At First Light Closing Event on Oct 17: “Dawn of a New Day”


Dawn of a New Day: Asian American Women Who Are Changing Media

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Aratani Central Hall at the Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo 90012


On Thursday, October 17th, join Visual Communications and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for the closing program of At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America, “Dawn of a New Day: Asian American Women Who Are Changing Media.” The event consists of a panel of Asian American women in film/TV/media who promote social change with their work discussing how the Asian Pacific American movement has evolved and continues to change the face of media. These fierce female leaders, storytellers, and activists who have challenged a predominantly male-dominated industry will be moderated by Ada Tseng of LA Times. Panelists include actress Tess Paras, writer Fawzia Mirza, performance artist Kristina Wong, and director Grace Lee.

Ada Tseng is the entertainment editor for TimesOC, an LA Times community paper covering Orange County. She has also written for Public Radio International, The Washington Post, LA Weekly, and NBC News.

Grace Lee is an independent producer, director, and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the Peabody Award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS.

Fawzia Mirza is one of the most buzzed rising stars in Hollywood. Her popularity increased after being staffed on the CBS / Berlanti / DuVernay series RED LINE. Her 2017 feature film SIGNATURE MOVE, which she co-wrote, produced, and starred in, has won numerous major festival awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prize.

Tess Paras is an actress, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles. She is featured on the Amazon Studios’ series, JUST ADD MAGIC and on the CW’s CRAZY-EX GIRLFRIEND. She is most recognized for her role on NBC’s hit drama, GRIMM which introduced the first Filipino-American storyline on primetime television.

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, writer, and elected representative who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong, and Africa. She has been a guest on late night shows on Comedy Central and FX, and an actor in various films and TV shows.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America, on view at the Japanese American National Museum from May 25 through October 20, 2019. Admission is free, but registration is required for each attendee.