Michigan Heritage Grant

Our Stories, Our Voices: Growing Up Asian American

Council of Asian Pacific Americans is collaborating on a short documentary film about youth growing up in immigrant households and their families. Funded by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, we are bringing together generations to understand each other and our roots through storytelling.

To learn more about our project visit ourstories-ourvoices.com and follow us on Instagram @ourstoriesourvoices.

Click here to view the press release.

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We want to hear from Asian American immigrant families with youth ages 16 and up!

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Questions? You can reach us at film@capa-mi.org.

Click here to view photos from various workshops and conferences.

University of Michigan’s South Asian Awareness Network Conference

On Saturday, January 21, CAPA’s documentary film project, Our Stories, Our Voices, held an audio visual exhibit at the University of Michigan’s annual South Asian Awareness Network conference. Funded by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, this project connects generations through storytelling.

Over 100 participants attended from variety of ethnic backgrounds, Sri Lankan, Singaporean, Indian, Pakistani, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Vietnamese among others. Participants watched clips from the documentary, shared where their family immigrated from, and responded with stories of their own family’s experiences with assimilation and immigration.

We will be incorporating feedback from the students as we continue to put together the documentary.

Youth dialogue with students at Troy High School

On Tuesday February 28, CAPA’s documentary film and intergenerational storytelling project, Our Stories, Our Voices, held a youth dialogue with students at Troy High School.

Thirteen students from diverse backgrounds came together to talk about their family’s stories of migration and their experiences growing up in the United States. Please see CAPA board mem-ber Ricky Young’s reflection below:

The little stories which are untold in our lives are often the most exciting, intriguing, joyful, and sometimes a little painful. At Troy High, students are often seen in a single facet – academically – especially in the Asian community; however this community dialogue has offered an unprece-dented experience to share our stories.

Whether it was Kaitlyn Hao’s bombastic youth in China where she fell from her bunk bed or Lueda’s first hand experience of learning how to live in America or Tiffany’s stories of her grand-father’s diligent perseverance in resettling all of his family, the narrative of each speaker’s life spoke to the cultural diversity we find just in Troy!

Midwest Asian American Student Union conference at the University of Michigan

On Saturday, April 8, Our Stories, Our Voices held a workshop at the Midwest Asian American Student Union conference at the University of Michigan.

We had over 40 students attend from across the Midwest. Students represented a variety of eth-nic backgrounds including Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Filipino, Taiwanese, Hmong, and Mexican among others.

We watched clips from the film and talked about how these stories of sacrifice, migration, and aspiring to the American dream play out in our own lives. Students also created a workbook of ways to initiative and have difficult conversations across generations and within our families.

We Wove a Net – A documentary movie

Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) is proud to announce debut of its documentary film, “We Wove a Net.” The film will screen at United States of Asian America Festival in San Francisco, CA on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 7th; and in Detroit on Wednesday May 31st and Sunday June 4th.

“We Wove a Net” is a short film about what it means to grow up as an Asian American woman in Michigan. Through talking with four immigrant families in metro Detroit, we seek out our community’s stories of immigration and pursuing the American Dream. We explore what meaning these narratives hold for us and confront where they fall short.

Click here to read more about We Wove a Net – A documentary movie