4/15/21: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: “No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee”

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.

The replay of the 4/15 event. Note that the full No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee has been replaced with an excerpt. The full film can be purchased on VDB’s website.

On April 15th, 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 full video was only viewable as part of the live event, and is not available in the replay. Purchase the full No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee on VDB’s website.

A still from No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee.

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.



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