Nov 11 | Screening/Talk on “We Are American Soldiers” (Documentary)

Please join the Asian American / Asian Research Institute for a screening/talk on the documentary, We Are American Soliders, by Katie May Porter & Gregg Porter, on Friday, November 11, 2022, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This will be a hybrid lecture, with limited in-person capacity, and accessible via Zoom. Vaccination and mask required for in-person. RSVP is required to attend for both methods.
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Since America’s inception, immigrants have shown their gratitude to this country through military service. We Are American Soldiers is a short documentary film capturing the stories of Chinese Americans who served this country during World War II, only to return home to face discrimination. The documentary tells one man’s story of immigrating to America, being drafted for the war, and serving with the 407th Air Service Squadron – an all Chinese American unit, of the 14th Air Services Group in the China, Burma, India (CBI) theater. Filmmakers Katie May Porter and Gregg Porter will discuss their process of documenting these oral histories, share their research and process of gathering information about this seldom written chapter in U.S. history. This presentation will include a screening of We Are American Soldiers (Running Time: 36 minutes), followed by a Q&A session.

Katie May Porter is an actor, filmmaker, engineer, and a native New Yorker. She has a degree from MIT in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Theater Arts – and has long since been balancing both her left-brain engineering and right-brain creative worlds. As a second-generation Chinese American, she finds a wonderful complexity in the American experience as lived by her family and friends. Instagram and Twitter: @ActressEngineer

Gregg Porter served as a combat cameraman in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1991, producing training and documentary products and continued serving as a civilian producer/director, camera operator and manager for the U.S. Army, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense for 24 more years. Gregg produced numerous documentaries including, “Victory Corps,” a historical retrospective of the U.S. Army’s V Corps’ 75-year history. He continues to support service members and veterans managing Service to the Armed Forces programs for the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

If you miss this talk, the video and podcast will be available online the following Monday.