Stories from the Farther Shore: Southeast Asian Film

Robin Lasser, Dream Boats: San José Stories - Vietnamese Diaspora, 2018; video projection mapping installation. Photo courtesy of Robin Lasser.​

Wednesday, March 20, 2019Sunday, March 24, 2019

Coinciding with the exhibition Dinh Q. Lê: True Journey Is Return, SJMA and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco co-present Stories from the Farther Shore: Southeast Asian Film from March 20–24, 2019. Showcasing recent documentary, short, artistic, and feature-length films by Southeast Asian filmmakers, topics range from transgender identity and LGBTQ issues to immigration and the complexities of the diasporic experience. This free program of twelve films will screen at SJMA, the Asian Art Museum, California College of the Arts, and at various locations throughout San José. SJMA will invite two filmmakers from Vietnam/Southeast Asia and two nationally-recognized film scholars to discuss their work after the screenings, with a question and answer session with the audience to follow. These discussions will be video recorded and accessible on SJMA's YouTube channel.

A detailed listing of screening times, locations, and summaries of each film will be released in the coming weeks. 

SJMA has also commissioned Bay Area artist Robin Lasser to create three site-specific outdoor video projection mapping events as part of her ongoing project “Migratory Cultures.” Titled Vietnamese Diaspora: San José’s Stories, Lasser’s video installations feature interviews with individuals from the San José’s multi-generational Vietnamese-American community who together reveal a more nuanced narrative of the largest Vietnamese diaspora in the United States. The first event in the series coincided with the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelly Park in San José on September 14, 2018. To see video and photo documentation of the event, please visit: The second event takes place on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7–9pm at SJMA, followed by a third location to be announced soon.

This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.