8:30 AM, April 27, 2021
Carmel Tanaka (she/her) is a queer Jewpanese woman of colour from the west coast on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her mother is Ashkenazi Israeli and her father is Japanese Canadian. She is a community engagement professional and her leadership initiatives include: JQT Vancouver (a Jewish queer trans nonprofit); Genocide Prevention BC; a monthly Zoom call for Jewpanese people and their families; and Cross Cultural Walking Tours. She proudly serves as the Community Engagement Director on the Vancouver Asian Film Festival's Elimin8hate team of Asian womxn!
Barbara Lee is a writer and independent filmmaker in Vancouver. She founded the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and leads VAFF's Elimin8hate initiative, which includes a community reporting page to collect incidences of anti-Asian racism in collaboration with project 1907 and consolidates public resources for community access while advocating for more representation in leadership roles. Barbara has worked as a broadcast journalist/reporter and received the national Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) Award for Best Editorial in 1998. Her film Between the Laughter was one of the National Film Board’s REELDIVERSITY 2004 winners which aired on CBC and PBS. Barbara continues to support North American Asian artists in mainstream media and is currently working on a music documentary about the lack of Asian Canadians in mainstream music as well as finishing her horror screenplay.