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Velina Hasu Houston is an award winning writer whose plays are produced internationally and who also is an essayist, poet, librettist, lyricist, and screenwriter. She has had many works internationally produced, presented, and published. Her transnational voice focuses on the collisions and coalescence of culture, gender, and ethnicity and their impact on the shifting borders of identity and belonging, often from a US-Japan perspective, her cultures of origin. Her cultural multiplicity (Japanese, African American, Native American Indian, and Cuban) compels her global and multidimensional outlook on life, discovery, and artistic expression. Houston is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, Writers Guild of America-West, League of Professional Theatre Women, and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She serves on the US Department of State’s US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. At the USC School of Theatre, she is founder of the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing, Professor of Theatre, Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of Dramatic Writing, and Resident Playwright. Her archives are at The Library of Congress, Washington DC, and The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. http://www.velinahasuhouston.com.
Film Screening Moderator:
Wei Ming Dariotis
A San Franciscan born in Australia, Wei Ming Dariotis is an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, with an emphasis on Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage and Asian American Literature, Arts, and Culture, at San Francisco State University. With Laura Kina and Camilla Fojas, she co-coordinated the Inaugural Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, at De Paul University, 2010.
Her selected recent academic publications include “‘My race, too, is queer’: queer mixed heritage Chinese Americans fight for marriage equality” in Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2007); “Crossing the Racial Frontier: Star Trek and Mixed Heritage Identities” in The Influence of Star Trek … (2007); “To Be “Hapa” or Not to Be “Hapa”: What to Name Mixed Asian Americans?” At 40 Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State, 2009; “Teaching Edith Eaton,” in Asian American Literatures: Discourses and Pedagogies (Spring 2010); “Mixed Race Kin-Aesthetics in the Age of Obama” and “Obama and Hopes for a Post-Racial U.S.: The Voices of Mothers,” with Grace Yoo in Obama and the Biracial Factor… (2012).
Wei Ming Dariotis’ current project, with Laura Kina, is War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art, an art exhibit and a related book (University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2013).