On April 15th, 2021, join Media Burn and VDB for a live-only screening of No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee with director Janice Tanaka and co-director David Gallardo, moderated by Stephen Gong.
On April 15th, Media Burn hosted the next installment in our series of Virtual Talks with Video Activists. In collaboration with the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (VDB) and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, Media Burn presented a screening and discussion of No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee (1998), with director/producer Janice Tanaka and co-director David Gallardo. The discussion was moderated by Stephen Gong, executive director of the Center for Asian American Media.
No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee considers the representation of Asian-American men in mass media and how this affects their lives. The video will only be available to screen as part of the live event. Come live to see the video and join in the discussion afterwards. Watch the event replay above, and read on to learn more. Purchase the full No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee on VDB’s website.
No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee
1998 | 00:31:51 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video
The popular images of Asian American males, historically propagated in the mass media, range from “silent, sex-less, obedient houseboy” to “mystic martial arts master”. Invisibility has been a core element in the public’s perceptions, and is reflected in the one-dimensional representation of Asian men. No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee is a program by and about Asian-American men. Through their experiences and voices we become privy to the peculiar and insidious ways in which racism affects their evolving self-identities. (VDB)
Janice Tanaka is considered a pioneer in the use of processed images within experimental narrative form. She brings a painter’s sensibility to her intricately textured video collages that blend social and political observations, philosophical inquiries, and personal introspection. Her work uses original footage, appropriated media images, and densely layered electronic processing to transform the autobiographical into the universal. Her videos treat issues of Asian American history and identity, from the enduring trauma of internment camps during World War II to the blending of cultural values from the Old to New World.
David Gallardo is a director, producer, and writer currently living in Los Angeles and has created numerous critically acclaimed video, photo, and branded content with various music artists, fashion brands, and publications. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Forbes, Billboard, Revolt, Hypebeast, NPR, and HBO.
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media. Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong).
Video Data Bank – Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, Video Data Bank (VDB) is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB’s collection has grown to include the work of more than 600 artists and 6,000 video art titles.