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Asian Representation: Sustaining the Momentum – Nov 9, 2021

Date: November 9, 2021 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:00 pm (PST) | 10:00 pm (EST)

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Films have the power to shape a viewer’s perception of the world. Seeing characters that share our backgrounds and ethnic origins can make us feel seen and heard while exposing other cultures to our commonalities and differences. On the other hand, poor quality representation perpetuates tropes and stereotypes that are harmful to an inclusive society.

In our post Crazy Rich Asians world where there has been a notable upswing in Asian representation, how do we sustain this momentum while also pushing for quality representation? 

Join our panel of experienced creatives working in the screen industries as they share their perspectives and opinions. 


Aaron Au, Director of Production & Development at Brightlight Pictures

Aaron is a Chinese born Canadian who started his film career in 1998. After finding success as an actor and stuntman, he moved into production in 2008. Since then, he’s produced everything from indie features to network series, with his most recent credit being FIREFLY LANE for Netflix.

Abubakar Khan, CMPA BC

Abubakar Khan is the CEO of Diaspora Creative, a production company based in Vancouver, Canada. He has produced shorts such as The Love We made (dir. V.T. Nayani), FlyPaper (dir. A.W. Hopkins) and Press Breaker (dir. Paneet Singh). Khan is the vice chair of the CMPA B.C. Branch Council and a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab. He’s currently producing an episodic documentary series, Lions Rise, alongside two feature films that are in development.

Lisa Kyonga Parsons, Writer

Lisa Kyonga Parsons is a Korean-American comedy writer who started her career on the Emmy-award winning show, “Arrested Development.”  She has written for several shows over the years, including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Betas,” “Insatiable,” and many others.   She’s currently a Writer and Co-Executive Producer on the upcoming show, “Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion” for Disney.  She also wrote “Boyfriends of Christmas Past” – Hallmark Channel’s first Christmas movie featuring a Korean-American lead that’s airing this holiday season.

Mi-Jung Lee, Journalist and CTV News Co-Anchor

Mi-Jung Lee is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and co-anchor of CTV News at Six. When she began her career in 1990 as a reporter and part-time anchor, Lee was the first Korean-Canadian newscaster in BC and one of only a few Asian-Canadians on the air in Canada. She continues to support her community through volunteering with several local charities and organizations. Lee is also a cancer survivor and frequently speaks about her journey to support charities raising money for cancer research. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons.

Moderator: Zoe Si, Cartoonist and Illustrator

Zoe Si is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Zoe holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and practiced law for a number of years, working primarily with low-income and marginalized clients. She now spends her days making children’s books, cartooning and writing for The New Yorker, and drawing comics of everything in sight.