A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race

ConversationDoc is a series of short films about issues of race and identity. The filmmakers explain,

When it comes to race relations in America, there has been no shortage of rhetoric, rage and accusations—but very little discussion. THE CONVERSATION is a series of short films that will serve as a platform for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in our communities. Our aim is that the films provide a safe space for communication and honest, sometimes painful, revelations and that their affiliated forums become places for fresh voices, new ideas and ultimately change.

The series was originally presented by the New York Times. The film below, A Conversation with With Asian-Americans on Race, is by Geeta Gandbhir and Michele Stephenson.

Reflection Questions

  • What words do the people in the film use to describe themselves? What words do they remember being called by others?
  • How do experiences with prejudice shape how people see themselves and the way they see others?
  • Asia is a very large, and diverse continent. What do the people in the film share? What differences do you notice?
  • How do the people in the film think about what it means to be an Asian-American? How do people in the film talk about what it means to be an “American”?
  • What can we learn from the stories in the film about identity and belonging?

Michael Gonchar of the New York Times Learning Network created an outstanding study guide to complement the entire series of short films about race. We recommend reading the guide as you consider ways to use the films in the classroom.