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Film screening: “Not your model minority”


Tuesday, May 24, 2022
6:30 p.m. Doors open
6:50 p.m. Film screening
7:20 p.m. Conversation with AAPI lawyers
Speakers: Nishi Kothari, David Quan, Hoyt Zia, Moderator: Heaven Chee
7:50 p.m. Conversation with the legal community
Speakers: Chevazz G. Brown, Rosa Victoria Gilcrease-Garcia, Hon. Sarah Beth Landau
Moderator: Peggy Li

“Not your model minority is a poignant documentary that explores the root of racism, trauma and resilience of the Asian American experience. Filmmaker, Jon Osaki, approaches the story with a lens that not only seeks to expose the wrongs that have befallen our community, but inspires and offers a call to action, in alliance, to reclaim our narrative. – Juliet K. Choi, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

“As a first-generation American from an Asian family, we never talked about the struggles of the Asian community in America. The women in my family were taught at a young age to be seen and not heard. After watching this documentary, I realized how common it was and how damaging it is to our society as a whole to try to conform to this model minority myth.” — Brittany Nelson Campbell, law student, University of Memphis

Not your model minority explores the myth’s origins and intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals the many ways the model minority myth has been used to drive a wedge between communities of color and perpetuate divisive narratives. Not your model minority also examines opportunities to build power and move forward in the fight against systemic racism in America.

Not your model minority won several awards, including Excellence Award – Best Short Film Competition (2021), Official Selection – Phoenix Film Festival (2022), Excellence Award – Accolade Global Competition and Official Selection – Houston Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festival (2022).

Join Asia Society Texas and the Asian American Bar Association of Houston for a screening of this award-winning documentary, followed by two conversations with key figures from AAPI and the local legal community.


Chevazz G. Brown, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP; Founder, DiversPro

Rosa Victoria Gilcrease-GarciaDeputy Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas

Nishi Kothari, Partner; Brasher Law Firm; Immediate Past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Houston, SABA

David Quan, Former Associate Judge of the City of Houston Municipal Court, attorney at Quan Law Group PLLC

Judge Sarah Beth LandauCourt of Appeals for the First District of Texas

Hoyt Ziafounding president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and former general counsel of Hawaiian Airlines


Heaven CheeDiversity and Inclusion Committee, AABA Houston

Peggy Li, Director of Chapters, American Constitution Society; Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AABA Houston

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