Re: [Videolib] NAATA & Fox

Randy Pitman (vidlib@videolibrarian.com)
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 17:38:50 -0700

Hi Joan,

Besides being a very slippery slope censorship issue (which other posts have
handled quite well), NAATA's "advocacy" raises the rather serious question
of whether one organization should be able to define what does and does not
constitute the proper depiction of an entire ethnic group. I hope not.

Best,

Randy Pitman
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----- Original Message -----
From: <JMandell@aol.com>
To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] NAATA & Fox

>
> I am not a librarian, but a media producer and educator. I'm on this list
> because I enjoy reading many of the postings. It is very important to know
how
> librarians use and present the media that we struggling independents work
so
> hard to get to varied audiences. I also appreciate how librarians have
been
> outspoken on issues of censorship: like the attempted censorship of
Michael Moore's
> book or the legislation to make librarians spy on their patrons through
the
> Patriot Act.
>
> I am chagrined reading the current spate of emails calling for petitions
and
> condemnations of NAATA as censor.
>
> This is how I see it:
> NAATA is a modestly funded PBS public service organization that advocates
> inclusion of Asian Americans. FOX makes millions off of commercially
financed
> programs that fuel the flames of racism, violence and war.
>
> The official goal of NAATA's work is to present Asian Americans as they
see
> themselves. Their video collection includes work that looks at the history
of
> the movie industry and its depiction of Asians, including negative
stereotypes.
> NAATA's work also investigates trends in American history when Asians
have
> been vilely stereotyped, had homes arsoned, been beaten and murdered,
locked
> away in internment camps as alien enemies, treated like slaves on
plantations,
> and subjected to ignorance and xenophobia. NAATA is of essence an advocacy
> organization as well.
>
> As far as I know, NAATA is not an adversary of freedom of speech, and
> librarians are in forefront of defending freedom of speech. Why not speak
with
> someone at NAATA to try to understand their position before sending a
petition?
>
> Is Fox really doing a public service by airing Charlie Chan films? Would
they
> would be open to a televised lesson in media literacy or a panel of Asian
> American detectives talking about their real lives following the show?
There are
> many ways to preserve our country's cultural legacy, including the legacy
of
> racial stereotyping, so I am wondering why attack NAATA?
>
> thanks for any clarification,
>
> Joan Mandell
> Olive Branch Productions
>
>
>
> In a message dated 7/2/03 12:05:57 PM, elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com writes:
>
> << The petition is a good idea, Gary.
>
>
> But first, has anyone from Video Round Table talked with the leadership of
>
> NAATA to find out the facts?
>
> >>
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