A Guide to the Amerasians: Media and the Arts Video Collection, 1983-1990.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Amerasians: Media and the Arts Series
Title: Amerasians: Media and the Arts Video Collection
Dates: 1983-1990
Language: Materials are in English.
Accession No: 2012-05
Extent: 7 ft., 6 in.; digital files.

Creator Sketch

Amerasians: Media and the Arts was a public access television series featuring interviews of Asian American artists, filmmakers, and writers. The series was produced and directed by Stann Nakazono; John Esaki hosted. Much of the production was volunteer-run. Episodes of the show were aired on the South Bay Cable Public Access Channel.

Scope and Contents

Amerasians: Media and the Arts Video Collection,1983-1990 , is composed of 119 ¾” U-matic tapes. The collection includes interviews and highlights of Asian American play writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians, performance artists, animators, journalists, broadcast journalists, activists, visual artists, painters, poets, photographers, art historians, and other artists. Some interviews focus on Hawaiian-American filmmakers and Asian American female artists. Some segments cover events such as the Pacific Islander Festival and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Organization and Arrangement

The holdings are organized in three series: I. Interviews, 1987-1990; II. Artists’ Works, 1983-1989; III. Events, 1989-1990. All of the materials are in English. Descriptions and synopses of video are available in repository.
Series I. makes up for the bulk of the collection and consists of video interviews varying in length and detail. Series II. contains some examples of the artists’ works such as films, plays, and music videos. Series III. includes footage of community events.

Alternate Format Available

Due to the fragility of the original U-matic tapes, the access DVDs should be viewed.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use. Advance notice required for access. Contact repository for appointment.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)

Be, Yoshio
Bennett, Tim
Caigoy, Faustino
Chang, Phyllis
Chin, Vincent, d. 1982
Chun, Rick
Collins, Willie
Dang, Timothy
Daval, Mary
Elepano, Mar
Esaki, John
Gorre, Gil Roy
Gotanda, Philip Kan
Hahn, Sonia
Hill, Amy
Hirahara, Naomi, 1962-
Horiuchi, Glenn
Houston, Velina Hasu
Imamura, Lenny
Ishizuka, Karen L.
Iwataki, David
Johnston, George
Kageyama, Rodney
Kim, Yoon Hee
Kumagai, Demise
Kuroda, Art
Kwong, Dan
Lee, Kyung-Ja
Magwili, Dom
Mako, 1933-2006
McCarthy, Nobu
Mita, Louise
Miyagawa, Taiji
Miyamoto, Nobuko, 1939-
Miyashami, Joey
Morisaki, Joan
Nakagawa, Alan
Nakamura, Robert A.
Nakano, Bert
Nakano, Jeanne
Nakazono, Stann
Nako, Joyce
Narita, Jude
Nee, Meibao
Nomura, Art
Ohashi, Minako
Okazaki, Steven
Quan, Martie
Rivas, Geoff
Sing, Bill
Surongsain, Supachai
Takeuchi, Kaz
Uno, Michael Toshiyuki
Wong, Arnie
Yamashiro, Diana
Yamashita, Karen
Yang, Jinhua
Yee, Annie
Yee, Benny
Yokokura, Yutaka

Subjects (Organizations)

Arpana Indian Dance Group
Asian American Journalists Association
Cold Tofu
Collage Ensemble
East West Players (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Great Leap (Performing group)
Hawaiian Electric Band
Los Angeles Times (Firm)
National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (U.S.)
Next Step (Musical group)
On the Oriental Express
Tiger Fly
Visual Communications/Asian American Studies Central -- Archives.


Asian American actors
Asian American art
Asian American artists
Asian American authors
Asian American comedians
Asian Americans--Ethnic identity.
Asian American musicians
Asian American theater
Asian American women
Assimilation (Sociology)
Biracial people
Cultural fusion
Emigration and immigration History
Emigration and immigration in art
Executive orders--United States.
Ethnic art
Hula (Dance)
Marginality, Social--United States.
Minority authors
Pacific Islander Americans
Performance artists
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Women jazz musicians
World War II


Bangkok (Thailand)
China (Republic : 1949- )
Fort Riley (Kan.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)

Preferred Citation

The Amerasians: Media and the Arts Video Collection, 1983-1990. Visual Communications Archives and Media Resource Library.

Separated Material

Duplicates and very poor-quality tapes were not digitized. List of these materials are available by request.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and digitized by Helen Kim and Melissa Jamero in December 2012. Finding aid written by Helen Kim and Melissa Jamero in December 2012. Encoding by Helen Kim in January 2013.

Detailed Description of the Materials




Interviews, 1987-1990

dvd 2012-05/013299

Gil Roy Gorre Interview


Art Nomura and Mary Daval Interview


Mar Elepano Interview


Supachai Surongsain Interview


Sonia Hahn and Velina Hasu Houston Interviews

dvd 2012-05/013300

Arnie Wong Interview


Rodney Kageyama Interview


Michael Uno and Nobu McCarthy Interview

dvd 2012-05/013301

Meibao Nee Interview


Bill Sing Interview


Nobuko Miyamoto Interview

dvd 2012-05/013302

Steve Okazaki and Minako Ohashi Interview


Alan Nakagawa and Jeanne Nakano Interview


Dom Magwili Interview

dvd 2012-05/013303

Glenn Horiuchi and Taiji Miyagawa Interview


Bert Nakano Interview


Yutaka Yokokura Interview

dvd 2012-05/013304

Cold Tofu Interview


Arpana Indian Dance School Interview


Kyung-Ja Lee Interview


Karen Ishizuka and Bob Nakamura Interview

dvd 2012-05/013305

Philip Kan Gotanda Interview


Jude Narita Interview

dvd 2012-05/013306

Karen Yamashita, Timothy Dang, and Mimosa Interview


Dan Kwong Interview

dvd 2012-05/013307

Faustino Caigoy Interview


Jinhua Yang Interview


Rick Chun and Diana Yamashiro Interview

dvd 2012-05/013308

Phyllis Chang Interview


David Iwataki Interview


Art Kuroda Interview

dvd 2012-05/013309

Keiko Matsui Interview

dvd 2012-05/013310

Kaz Takeuchi Interview


Amerasians Demo Tape


Amerasians Media and the Arts Trailer

dvd 2012-05/014262

Bill Sing Interview


Nobuko Miyamoto Interview

dvd 2012-05/014264

Sharon Maeda Interview


Velina Houston Interview


Artists' Works, 1983-1989

dvd 2012-05/013311

Philip Kan Gotanda Excerpts


The Grateful Crane Play


Hiroshima Videos

dvd 2012-05/013312

The Wash Film


Events, 1989-1990

dvd 2012-05/013313

Pacific Islander Festival News Clip


Willie Collins Interview at Pacific Islander Festival


Pacific Islander Festival Footage


Yoon Hee Kim and David Cho slideshow