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Anita Chang

Anita Chang is a media artist, educator and writer. She has been making films for 20 years. Her films often focus on the experiences of women and girls, minorities, immigrants, exiles, Asian/Pacific Americans, and disenfranchised communities, and are engaged in and complicate discourses on gender, race, postcolonialism, ethnography, diaspora and cross-cultural representation. Her works have screened and broadcast internationally, and been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Arts Center, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and National Museum of Women.
Chang has also taught film and video production and media studies in numerous community and academic settings in the San Francisco Bay Area, and abroad at Academy of Audio Visual Arts and Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal; the renowned Motion Picture Department at National
Taiwan University of Arts; and the Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan.
Honors include grant awards from Creative Capital, Fulbright, San Francisco Arts Commission, National Geographic All Roads and the KQED Peter J. Owens Filmmaker program. Her essays have published in positions: asia critique, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies and Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies. Her essay “Altered States for a Critical Cosmopolitanism” was published as part of Routledge’s AFI Film Readers series book, Teaching Transnational Cinema and Media: Politics and Pedagogy. She is currently teaching in the Communication Department at California State University, East Bay.
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Imagining Place
Anita Chang
1999, 35 min., Color
For one year, with a curious eye and a curious mind, the filmmaker asks herself and a cross section of individuals, "What does belonging feel like in America?" Amidst increasing social, technological...

Mommy, What's Wrong?
Anita Chang
1997, 14 min., Color
Along with optically-printed home movie and hand-processed Super-8 film footage, the filmmaker incorporates an interview with her mother about immigration, motherhood and spirituality, in search of st...

Tongues of Heaven
Anita Chang, An-Chi Chen, Leivallyn Kainoa Kaupu, Monica Hau‘oli Waiau & Shin-Lan Yu
2013, 60 min., Color, US/Taiwan
Set in Taiwan and Hawai‘i, territories where the Austronesian family languages are spoken, TONGUES OF HEAVEN focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the l...

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