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BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival is honoring 10 years of connecting through film! Join filmmakers, fans, leaders and volunteers for a celebratory reception with performances.

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Sing (and Slurp!) Home
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Sing (and Slurp!) Home

 Courtesey of Tina Xu 

Courtesey of Tina Xu 

Celebrate BCNC Pao Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Shaw Pong Liu's Sing Home project with music, food, and friends. Enjoy delicious Zha Jiang noodles (炸醬麵) from Liu's mother's recipe, listen to guest musicians, and be a part of a multilingual community sing-along!

Formal program from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinatown Presents: Kundiman Literaoke Night
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Kundiman Literaoke Night

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When literature and karaoke collide, welcome to Literaoke! Come get lit with Kundiman and BCNC Pao Arts Center as they host a night of writers of color who will take the stage to sing their favorite hits, then read some of their writing. Join us for a night of music, writing, & mic-drops! Featuring: Ally AngTamiko Beyer, Floyd CheungOliver de la PazNicole Terez DuttonRegie Gibson, Simone John, Kayti Lahsaiezadeh, Prabakar T. Rajan, Neha Rayamajhi, Jenn Diễm Uyên  Yim Tan Wong

Suggested donation: $10

About Kundiman: Kundiman is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Kundiman creates a space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. Through workshops, mentorships, our annual retreat, and programs and readings, we seek to uplift the storytellers of our community, and we see the arts as a tool of empowerment, education, and liberation.

 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Creative Journey to Wellness with Northeastern Crossing
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

Creative Journey to Wellness with Northeastern Crossing

How can creativity be used to enhance mental wellness? Featuring local artists, Juan Chen and Nia Duong.  Together we will explore ways to care for ourselves and each other through interactive movement, music, and creation. 

Note: This event takes place at Northeastern Crossing | 1175 Tremont Street |Roxbury MA 02120

In partnership with Northeastern Crossing.

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Nia Duong believes that art making is an important communicative tool to carry out personal narratives. Her ongoing work focuses on the struggles and triumphs of women of color, particularly Asian American women. Nia’s area of interest is using fibers and textiles as a medium of choice. She currently is living and working as a freelance artist in Dorchester.

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Juan Chen believes that arts provided a different way for people to connect and communicate; to construct or deconstruct beliefs; to cure and to grow. Her ongoing work focuses on mental health; identities; interactive arts and arts as a process and experience. She currently is living and working as a music therapist, clinician in outpatient services and freelance artist in Boston area.

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Chinatown Presents: Finding KUKAN
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Finding KUKAN

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences this spring!

Screening will be followed by a Skype Q & A with the filmmaker. 

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Thursday May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding KUKAN

Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.  

Co-Presented By:

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: Voci Angelica Trio
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Chinatown Presents: Voci Angelica Trio

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Come experience the Voci Angelica Trio, international band with members hailing from three continents. Listeners describe the music as "a haute folk sound that mesmerizes and enthralls," where each note "sears itself into a goosebump on your arm."

Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.

All ages welcome for this interactive participatory concert. Suggested donation: $10

About the Artists: Voci Angelica Trio includes Jodi Hitzhusen on voice/percussion, Meena Malik on voice/percussion and Aristides Rivas on cello. In 2017, the trio joined the roster of the Boston Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts Program which presents free concerts for local communities. In 2013, the trio won an Iguana Music Fund grant from Club Passim to purchase a sound system for their school educational program with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Voci Angelica's mission has also led to the USA's East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions; Canada; Japan; and South Korea.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing

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Xu Xing’s most recent work uses a heartbreaking love story between a husband and wife as a vehicle with which to confront the contortions of China’s political history since 1949. It is a personal love story, it is also a story of a nation. Fundamentally it is a story about personal survival in an oppressive state. The powerless are given a chance to tell their tragic story and leave a record to hold against the official narrative of the Chinese state, which passes over them in silence.

Screening presented in partnership with BU Center for the Study of Asia and BU Arts Initiative. 

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About the Artist: Xu Xing 徐星 is a prominent Chinese writer and documentary filmmaker. Often called ”The Chinese Jack Kerouac,” his works have consistently engaged with national and international issues of politics, power, and moral responsibility. At the same time these larger issues are always evoked through the lives of the common working people in China.

Xu enjoyed his most prolific period as a writer during the 1980s and 1990s, and his books reached a broad international audience when they were translated into French, English and German. In the early 1990s he migrated to Germany, staying in Heidelberg. After returning to his hometown Beijing, he began shooting documentary films. Xu is currently in residency at Boston University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-635-5129 x 1028

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Chinatown Presents: Sunday Beauty Queen
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Sunday Beauty Queen

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences this spring!

Screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker.

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Thursday, April 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | Sunday Beauty Queen 

A Filipina maid dreams to become Hong Kong's most beautiful queen not for self worth but to save lives, change the abusive system, and be happy inside out. 

Sunday Beauty Queen offers a glimpse on how the migration phenomenon affects the Philippines, culturally and economically. It shows the real story on how Overseas Filipino Workers cope with the difficulties working abroad and how they uplift the Filipino spirit around the world. Directed By Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez.

Co-Presented by the Filipino Festival in Malden

Other events in this series:

Thursday, May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding KUKAN

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert
Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert

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Join us for a free Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concert for all-ages! The one hour concert and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Artists and Program

Si-Jing Huang, violin
Victor Romanul, violin
Michael Zaretsky, viola
Owen Young, cello

BEETHOVEN Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 (20 min)
SIBELIUS Duo for violin and viola (5 min)
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67 (30 min)

Click here to register.

Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences and over three evenings this spring!

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Thursday, March 1 | 6:30-8:30pm | Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

From acclaimed director Steve JamesAbacus: Small Enough To Jail — the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis — is now an Academy Award® nominee! 

Thursday, April 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | TBD

Thursday May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding Kukan

Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.  

 

About BAAFF: The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert

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National touring musicians and Brown University doctoral students Julian Saporiti & Erin Aoyama bring their unique and innovative multimedia concert No-No Boy to Boston. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, and his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as other archival stories that explore diverse aspects of the Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Performing these well-crafted songs alongside Erin Aoyama, whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. 

This concert will also feature the live debut of a suite of songs from the No-No Boy project which focus on historical and contemporary Chinatowns in Boston and NYC.

About the Artist: From 2004-2010, Julian Saporiti fronted the indie-rock group The Young Republic. Later, while in Laramie, Wyoming to pursue a Master's in American Studies, Saporiti made several trips to the remains of the Heart Mountain concentration camp where, during WWII, the US government unconstitutionally incarcerated over 10,000 people of Japanese descent. Saporiti began interviewing camp survivors and researching the music performed in the camps. From these interviews, and his thoughts about his own displaced family of Vietnamese refugees, he began writing No-No Boy. He resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he iscontinuing this research, composing and recording music, and pursuing a PhD at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown Arts Initiative Songwriters Workshop..

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Feb)
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Feb)

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Palaver Strings hosts a free performance workshop in preparation for their February concert series, Seeking Sanctuary. This event will explore the impact and presence that Chinese music and art has on the city of Boston. After a music performance and personal narratives, participants will be invited to share reflections through an interactive art installation. This art collage will be displayed at Palaver Strings’ concerts at the Boston Center for the Arts. Participants will receive free admission to Seeking Sanctuary at the Boston Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 11.

At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, Palaver seeks to humanize the conversation by providing an artistic outlet for these stories, and emphasizing their connection to our own immigrant heritage. The Seeking Sanctuary concerts showcase the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and a participatory art installation inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

*This program is part of Palaver Strings' residency at Boston Center for the Arts*

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo  | 617-863-9080

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