East West FIlm School

From Margins to Mainstream​

An online retrospective of Asian Pacific Americans in film and television.

Chan is Missing (1982) Go For Broke (1951) Ohara (1987-1988) All American Girl (1994) Joy Luck Club (1993) Jungle Book (1942) Fakin' Da Funk (1997) The Cheat (1915) The Man Beneath (1919) Phantom of Chinatown (1940) Flower Drum Song (1961) They Call Me Bruce (1982) Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) Double Happiness (1995) Visas and Virtue (1997) Life Tastes Good 1999 The Motel (2005) Smashing Stereotypes (2005) Ping Pong Playa (2007) Today’s Special (2009) Love Arcadia (2014) Miss India America (2015) White Rabbit (2018) Go Back to China (2019)  I Will Make You Mine (2020) A Sugar & Spice Holiday (2020)

A Look to The Past

Each month, we will delve into the rich history of Asian American representation in Hollywood and the challenges they overcame.

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Save your spot for this twice monthly remote cinema studies in 2023.

Miyoshi Umeki winning Best Supporting Actress (1958)

Legacy Trailblazers

Examining the experiences of the past can help us understand the challenges faced towards creating a more inclusive and representative industry.

What We'll Cover

100+ Years of APA Motion Picture

Watch and explore the legacies of our community perform at their peak years. 

Television & Web Series

Series, sitcoms, and reoccurring roles. We’ll discuss the shows that succeeded, shows that flopped, and the internet revolution of the Youtube Generation

Documentaries

Ground breaking documentaries highlighting the Asian American community through the eyes of Asian Americans.

Hollywood History

Explore a range of topics including portrayals in early Hollywood films and television, the rise of Asian American independent cinema, and the current state of the industry .

James Shigeta Highlights

Guy Aoki vs. Sarah Silverman on “Politically Incorrect” (2001)

Entertainment Activism

We will also discuss the role of activism and advocacy in creating change within the industry, and consider ways in which we can all work towards a more equitable and diverse future for Asian American filmmakers and actors.​

Television Highlights

From Saturday morning cartoons and sitcoms to daytime police dramas, we'll dive into leading characters, sidekicks, and comedic clowns who made us laugh and cry.

Special Interview with Thuy Tran (Power Rangers)

Class Schedule

Wednesdays, Twice A Month

6 PM - PST / 9 PM - EST

Week 1

20 min Lecture
40 min Open Discussion

Week 2

Watch Party
1 Hour Open Discussion Breakouts

What if I can't make it?

Catch the Replays!

From Margins to Mainstream

Join us as we explore the rich history and landscape of Asian American cinema, and consider the ways in which we can use the past to shape a brighter future.

Membership

Become a member get access to past lessons and future lessons.

Annual
Lifetime

ADVANCED

$4.99 / Month
  • Exclusive Webinars
  • Films and Documentaries
  • Portfolio Showcase

ADVANCED

$49.99 / Year
  • Exclusive Webinars
  • Films and Documentaries
  • Portfolio Showcase
Annual
Lifetime

PROFESSIONAL

$14.99 / Month
  • Apply for Gigs
  • Webinar Replays
  • Interview Access
  • Resource Database

PROFESSIONAL

$149.99 / Yr
  • Apply for Gigs
  • Webinar Replays
  • Interview Access
  • Resource Database
Annual
Lifetime

PREMIUM

$24.99 / Month
  • Post Casting Calls
  • Post Crew Calls
  • Unlimited 1-on-1 Mentorship

PREMIUM

$249.99 / Year
  • Post Casting Calls
  • Post Crew Calls
  • Unlimited 1-on-1 Mentorship

OTHER BENEFITS

Networking

Monthly members-only networking events to build community, strengthen relationships, and inspire collaborations.

Access to Resources

Be inspired by vintage content, archived interviews, and industry data. 

Private Discord

Stay connected with the Strong Asian Lead team and your fellow creatives.

And More!!!

Be inspired by the legacies of our industry.

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