RE: [Videolib] charlie chan

Cummings Cathleen (ccummings@santarosa.edu)
Mon, 7 Jul 2003 08:41:38 -0700

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Gary - some of of were off on holiday Thursday...so if not too late, =
please add my signature to the letter.
~Cath=20
Cathleen Cummings
Media Resources Specialist
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
707 527-4261

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman [mailto:ghandman@library.berkeley.edu]
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 12:23 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] charlie chan

Hi all

Got this note from Eddie Wong of NAATA. See my response (I will append =
names of those who signed on to the earlier petition). Anyone else who =
wants to sign on before I hit "SEND" should let me know today. I've =
touched bases with the OIF--as expected, since this isn't really "a =
library matter," they're not interested in joining in. I did get good =
bits of advice, tho...working with NAATA, being one of them.

-- Gary and Joan, =20
I was forwarded your email and wanted to open up some dialog. As you =
know, NAATA was one of the group's asking Fox to cancel the Chan series. =
I'm sure you can understand the reasons why Asian Americans find Chan =
to be an offensive stereotype. =20
I also understand your position. I believe that Fox or any network that =
chooses to show racially stereotypical movies should alert the viewers =
to the broader context of the work. The History Channel apparently does =
this by having a panel discussion before and after the broadcast of =
"Birth of a Nation," DW Griffith paen to the KKK. Having Fox do this =
with the Chan films would educate the audience. Most commercial =
networks, however, aren't in the education business. All they care about =
is getting the ads sold. So if it is a choice between having racist =
movies on air without contextualization and not having them on air at =
all, I still favor not having them on air at all. The emails that are =
coming to NAATA reveal a great ignorance about racism and media =
literacy. People who tell us that we should "turn the channel" and =
"lighten up" really don't understand that racial stereotypes have a =
detrimental impact on Asian American self-esteem, not to mention =
engender racial hatred.
Fox has opened the door to bring back the series. On the Fox Movie =
Channel Website, they say they will leave it up to public opinion. =
Perhaps, we will have to deal with this issue and can work together on =
getting Fox to put some strong disclaimers or additional commentary as =
the series continues. =20
I regret that things are going in this direction. If we had left the =
Civil Rights Bill up to a public opinion poll, there would still be =
segregated housing in the South. Progress comes with some amount of =
pain. The victims of racial stereotyping in films have borne the burden =
too long.
I hope to hear from you.

Eddie WongExecutive DirectorNAATA145 9th St., Ste 350S.F., CA 94103415 =
863-0814 ext. 103415 863-7428 faxe: eddie@naatanet.orgurl; =
www.naatanet.org <http://www.naatanet.org/>=20
become a NAATA member, visit www.naatanet.org/ =
<http://www.naatanet.org/aboutus> aboutus =
<http://www.naatanet.org/aboutus>=20

Dear Eddie

Thanks for your thoughtful note; I appreciate your contacting us. As =
I am sure you aware, the discussion group I represent (The American =
Library Association Video Round Table/Videolib listserv) comprises =
librarians, educators, film/video producers and distributors. As a =
group, we have enormous respect for NAATA and its programs. The VRT has =
worked very hard over the past 15 years to establish close working =
relations with independent filmmakers and distributors. We feel =
strongly that video librarians and indie video producers must continue =
to work closely together to ensure the availability of diverse, quality =
collections and programming in libraries and schools. At the same time, =
as librarians and educators, it is equally important to us to ensure =
freedom of expression, freedom of access, and continuing access to the =
full-range of our printed and visual history. We are painfully aware of =
the long history of negative stereotypes in the media in this country, =
and we celebrate the growing diversity of voices and visions available =
on film and video that are striving to counteract these images. It is =
our strong position, however, that no one is served by ignoring the past =
or by limiting access to the cultural record. The history of movies =
is, as you know, one that includes a legacy of stereotype and other =
hurtful cultural images. It's our job as librarians and educators to =
provide both access and context to these images so they may be viewed =
and discussed in a hopefully more enlightened light.=20

We would very much like to work with both NAATA and Fox to develop a way =
to present the Charlie Chan films in a historical and cultural =
perspective. I look forward to discussing the possibilities further =
with you.

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"What is cinema? Nothing. What does cinema want? Everything. What can
cinema do? Something."
--Jean-Luc Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema=20

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    Gary - some of of were off on holiday = Thursday...so if not too late, please add my signature to the=20 letter.
~Cath=20
Cathleen=20 Cummings
Media = Resources=20 Specialist
Santa = Rosa Junior=20 College
1501 = Mendocino=20 Avenue
Santa = Rosa, Ca =20 95401
707=20 527-4261
-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman=20 [mailto:ghandman@library.berkeley.edu]
Sent: Thursday, July = 03, 2003=20 12:23 PM
To: = videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Subject:=20 [Videolib] charlie chan

Hi all

Got this = note from=20 Eddie Wong of NAATA. See my response (I will append names of those who = signed=20 on to the earlier petition).  Anyone else who wants to sign on = before I=20 hit "SEND" should let me know today.  I've touched bases = with the=20 OIF--as expected, since this isn't really "a library matter," they're = not=20 interested in joining in.  I did get good bits of advice, = tho...working=20 with NAATA, being one of them.

-- Gary and Joan, 
I = was=20 forwarded your email and wanted to open up some dialog.  As you = know,=20 NAATA was one of the group's asking Fox to cancel the Chan = series.  I'm=20 sure you can understand the reasons why Asian Americans find Chan to = be an=20 offensive stereotype. 
I also understand your position.  = I=20 believe that Fox or any network that chooses to show racially = stereotypical=20 movies should alert the viewers to the broader context of the = work.  The=20 History Channel apparently does this by having a panel discussion = before and=20 after the broadcast of "Birth of a Nation," DW Griffith paen to the = KKK. =20 Having Fox do this with the Chan films would educate the = audience.  Most=20 commercial networks, however, aren't in the education business. All = they care=20 about is getting the ads sold.  So if it is a choice between = having=20 racist movies on air without contextualization and not having them on = air at=20 all, I still favor not having them on air at all.  The emails = that are=20 coming to NAATA reveal a great ignorance about racism and media=20 literacy.  People who tell us that we should "turn the channel" = and=20 "lighten up" really don't understand that racial stereotypes have a=20 detrimental impact on Asian American self-esteem, not to mention = engender=20 racial hatred.
Fox has opened the door to bring back the = series.  On=20 the Fox Movie Channel Website, they say they will leave it up to = public=20 opinion.  Perhaps, we will have to deal with this issue and can = work=20 together on getting Fox to put some strong disclaimers or additional=20 commentary as the series continues. 
I regret that things are = going=20 in this direction.  If we had left the Civil Rights Bill up to a = public=20 opinion poll, there would still be segregated housing in the = South. =20 Progress comes with some amount of pain.  The victims of racial=20 stereotyping in films have borne the burden too long.
I hope to = hear from=20 you.

Eddie WongExecutive DirectorNAATA145 9th St., Ste 350S.F., = CA  94103415 863-0814 ext. 103415 863-7428 faxe: =20 eddie@naatanet.orgurl;  www.naatanet.org
become a NAATA member, = visit www.naatanet.org/aboutus


Dear Eddie

Thanks for = your=20 thoughtful note; I appreciate your contacting us.    As = I am=20 sure you aware, the discussion group I represent (The American Library = Association Video Round Table/Videolib listserv) comprises librarians, = educators, film/video producers and distributors.  As a group, we = have=20 enormous respect for NAATA and its programs.  The VRT has worked = very=20 hard over the past 15 years to establish close working relations with=20 independent filmmakers and distributors.  We feel strongly that = video=20 librarians and indie video producers must continue to work closely = together to=20 ensure the availability of diverse, quality collections and = programming in=20 libraries and schools.  At the same time, as librarians and = educators, it=20 is equally important to us to ensure freedom of expression, freedom of = access,=20 and continuing access to the full-range of our printed and visual=20 history.  We are painfully aware of the long history of negative=20 stereotypes in the media in this country, and we celebrate the growing = diversity of voices and visions available on film and video that are = striving=20 to counteract these images.  It is our strong = position,=20 however, that no one is served by ignoring the past or by limiting = access to=20 the cultural record.   The history of movies is, as you = know, =20 one that includes a legacy of stereotype and other hurtful cultural=20 images.  It's our job as librarians and educators to provide both = access=20 and context to these images so they may be viewed and discussed in a = hopefully=20 more enlightened light.

We would very much like to work with = both=20 NAATA and Fox to develop a way to present the Charlie Chan films in a=20 historical and cultural perspective.  I look forward to = discussing the=20 possibilities further with you.


Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"What is cinema? Nothing. What does cinema want? Everything. What = can
cinema do?=20 = Something."
        <= /X-TAB>--Jean-Luc=20 Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema
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