Turning the lens on Asian culture

Stanley Wong Insurance Agency needs your vote by August 31 to win $10,000 for Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts). Read about their history of supporting and growing the nonprofit’s film programming, such as the San Diego Asian Film Festival, as well as other forms of artistic expression aiming to enrich the San Diego community culturally while promoting positive social change. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.

Pac Arts organized the first San Diego Asian American Film Festival at the University of San Diego in 2000 with the goal of exposing the broader San Diego community to Asian American film. The festival has run every year since and, by last count, shows a lineup of 140 films from 20 countries to an audience of more than 20,000 people.

Over the last two decades, the nonprofit has expanded its programming to additional screening events, fellowships for working filmmakers and educational programs for youth. Another of its flagship programs, Reel Voices, gives high school students on summer break the opportunity to learn documentary filmmaking, and many of those have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in film.

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Panel discussion with Reel Voices alums, celebrating the program’s 15-year anniversary.

A feast for the senses

Pac Arts understands that cultural expression takes many forms, and that pans aren’t just a film technique, which is why it started pairing its media offerings with food events. Chew the Scene, the festival’s launch party, showcases local Asian American and Pacific Islander chefs and restaurants to celebrate cultural diversity through food.

“Sponsoring Jump Cuts gave us the chance to support our commercial restaurant clients by helping introduce people to their unique cuisines.”

– Alan Wong, managing partner of Stanley Wong Insurance Agency

In 2019, to kick off its third decade, Pac Arts organized Jump Cuts: Family Style, a food crawl through the heart of the city’s Convoy District. Home to many of San Diego’s Asian businesses, the Convoy has a wealth of international delicacies on offer. The event shuttled festival-goers between restaurants, bars and desert shops, where they sampled tasting items prepared especially for the event. Stanley Wong Insurance was a lead sponsor.

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People enjoy an amuse-bouche at Chew the Scene before the 2019 edition of the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

“Our offices are in the heart of Convoy District,” says Alan Wong, the agency’s managing partner. “Sponsoring Jump Cuts gave us the chance to support our commercial restaurant clients by helping introduce people to their unique cuisines.”

Navigating the pandemic’s challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges for Pac Arts – from limits on in-person events to growing xenophobia and racism among those who blame Asian countries and cultures for our globally shared misfortune.

Given that context, Pac Arts’ goal of fostering cross-cultural dialogue and understanding is even more relevant today than it was at the pandemic’s outset. “If you look at some of the reactions, many stem from a lack of knowledge of other people and an understanding of differences,” says Kent Lee, the current executive director of Pac Arts.

“If you look at some of the reactions, many stem from a lack of knowledge of other people and an understanding of differences.”

– Kent Lee, executive director of Pac Arts

As the public finds its way out of the pandemic and addresses some of the social ramifications, Pac Arts is itself undertaking change. As a Pac Arts board member, Alan Wong has stepped up to help lead the search for a new executive director, devoting hours every week to interviewing candidates and reporting back to other board members. Wong was also instrumental in helping the nonprofit find a new space for its offices during the pandemic.

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The Stanley Wong team volunteers at the Convoy food crawl in 2018.

“With the support of our agency and other organizations, Pac Arts has emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever,” says Wong. “We look forward to a time when we can gather again to watch films and celebrate our culture and heritage.”

 

 

 

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Anita Dump
2 months ago

I have been attending and volunteering at the SDAFFsince I was a teen! It is such a wonderful asset to San Diego’s Asian cultural awareness.

Tiffany
2 months ago

PacArts is a wonderful platform to promote DEI in our San Diego region.

Michael McDonald
2 months ago

The PacArts team put on great events through the year, showcasing amazing artists and stories. Please support their work!

Silvia
2 months ago

SDAFF is always a wonderful event!

Debbi Henderson
2 months ago

Thank you for supporting your community!

Thaolinh Tran
2 months ago

Here’s my vote!

David DeMouy
2 months ago

Here is my vote!

Tammy
2 months ago

Done! Voted.

Bill nguyen
2 months ago

This is a great organization with a great cause and accomplishments. I really appreciate what they do for our community, for arts and for the artists, especially the young ones. Thank you.

Marichu
2 months ago

My husband and I look forward to the SDAFF every year!

Jenny
2 months ago

This is incredible! Way to go!!

Luisa de Jesus
2 months ago

As we say in my village, mabuhay!!!!

Alison
2 months ago

PacArts is a great chance for everyone to hear Asian voices!

Christina de Jesus
2 months ago

PacArts has done so much to amplify Asian voices and perspectives over its 20+ years! SDAFF is the best film festival!

Kevin Montondo
2 months ago

I voted! Hope it helped

Alex Yamashiro
3 months ago

Love PacArts. Sign up and join!

Anthony Slay
3 months ago

Thank you Stanley Wong Insurance for your great support of PacArts. Love those homies!

Shirley Sanz
3 months ago

Happy member of Pac Arts Movement! Join today.

Charles Tu
3 months ago

PacArts has been a bridge between the Asian culture and the mainstream society. That’s why the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series has partnered with PacArts in co-sponsoring the Taiwan Film Showcase. The PacArts people are great to work with. Keep up the good work, PacArts!

Robert Nelson
3 months ago

Aldous Huxley: “We can only love what we know, and we can never know completely what we do not love. Love is a mode of knowledge…”. And we love PacArts!

Brigid
3 months ago

Best wishes to Pacific Arts Movement. They could do great things with this money!

Russell Schnapp
3 months ago

Pac Arts has done so much for the San Diego community — Asians, honorary Asians (like me), artists, students, etc. They’re great!

Ty P.
3 months ago

Go Pac Arts!

Meli Mathis-Clark
3 months ago

Good luck!

Ariel Hamburger
3 months ago

Another vote for PACARTS!!!

Jenifar
3 months ago

I loved my experience with PAC Arts, I did Reel Voices over the summer and i just want to mention that the SDAFF was very very cool!! Pac Arts definently deserves my vote 🙂

SueAnne
3 months ago

Good luck!

Michelle
3 months ago

Here’s a vote!!!

bel
3 months ago

votesvotesvotes

dave
3 months ago

amazing arts and film programs and some of the best graphic design in the game!

Mela
3 months ago

SDAFF IS SO COOL AND THE MARKETING TEAM IS THE BEST!

Diana
3 months ago

Good luck!

Daniel
3 months ago

One more vote for you

Janice
3 months ago

<3

Timothy
3 months ago

gotta get there

Yen
3 months ago

yessir

Jason
3 months ago

ALMOST THERE !!

lilaaayyy
3 months ago

go pac arts 🙂

hndz
3 months ago

Go Pac Arts!

Rox
3 months ago

Voting!

Casie Bowers
3 months ago

Great work getting votes!

Rotem Iram
3 months ago

Awesome cause!

Hubert
3 months ago

great community event

Victoria
3 months ago

Almost there let’s go

Edward
3 months ago

Go PacArts!!!

Shawn
3 months ago

What a great cause! Let’s get them to 500 votes.

Samoa
3 months ago

Such an amazing organization to support!

Indian Cowboy
3 months ago

World class organization and PROfessionals!

N Trejo
3 months ago

Love seeing this!

Nancy Trejo
3 months ago

Looking forward to hearing more about PAC Arts, and supporting.

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