Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Philadelphia Event: Creating Community 2/27/09

As their inaugural event, Philadelphia’s newly reconstituted Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs will present “Creating Community: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case”.

In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year and Black History Month, the Commission will host a screening of the documentary, Vincent Who?, followed by remarks from the film’s producer, Curtis Chin, and a panel of civil rights experts. This panel will include Tsiwen Law, Esq. (co- founder of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association), Umbreen Bhatt, Esq. (Staff Attorney, ACLU), Dr. Marie Amey-Taylor (Director, Human Resources, Learning & Development Division, Temple University, a recognized leader in diversity and cross-cultural relations) and Will Gonzalez, Esq. who is the Executive Director of Ceiba, a coalition of Latino community based organizations, former director of the Police Barrio Relations Project.

In addition to the Commission, this event will be co-hosted by a multi-ethnic coalition of community, arts and culture and professional organizations, including the Philadelphia Chapter of APA for Progress, the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, Art Sanctuary, Asian Arts Initiative, APABA-PA, AAPIP, the Welcoming Center, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers (partial list-more organizations being added).

The purpose of the event is to open dialogue about race relations and to raise awareness about issues of tolerance in the Asian American and broader communities.

“Creating Community” will be held on Friday, February 27, 2009, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at City Hall, in Conversation Hall Room.