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Guide to the Asian CineVision Records TAM.416

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by I-Ting Emily Chu

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 20, 2021
Some names and program titles written in Latin script are also represented using traditional or simplified Chinese characters. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect inclusion of 2017 accretion Edited by Shiva Addanki to reflect inclusion of 2018 accretion.  Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for updated administrative information and archived websites. Edited by Anna McCormick to reflect the digitization and enhanced description of CCTV tapes done by Klavier J. Wang.  Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II Updated by Rachel Mahre to state some audiovisual materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons.  Updated by Rachel Mahre to state some audiovisual materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons.   , August 2017 , November 2018 , September 2021 , June 2020 , February 2021 , February 2021 , May, 2021

Historical Note

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a non-profit media arts organization that develops, promotes and preserves media made by or about peoples of Asian descent. Asian CineVision was founded by grassroots media activists in New York's Chinatown in 1976 to raise social and cultural awareness of the Asian American experience, both in the Asian American community and among the general public. Founders Tsui Hark, Christine Choy, Thomas Tam, Danny Yung and Peter Chow, and others also sought to raise awareness through media training in the local Chinese community. The organization sought to address problems of media access for Asian Americans and also to present and publicize the work of Asian American artists. The organization initiated the weekly, cable-access Chinese Cable Television (CCTV) in 1977, which covered a broad range of community-interest issues such as local politics, education, language, housing, labor and healthcare. Significantly, it was the first Chinese-language news program in the U.S. Production of CCTV ceased in 1983. Beginning in 1978, it has sponsored the Asian American (AIIFF) International Film Festival. In 1981, Asian CineVision assumed publication of Bridge magazine, a quarterly journal documenting the development of a pan-Asian American political and cultural identity previously published by the group Basement Workshop.  Bridge ceased publication in 1986 and was replaced by the Asian American media arts journal  CineVue. Through these and other programs, Asian CineVision supports Asian and Asian American mediamakers and presents their works to the Asian American community and wider audiences.