PERIODICAL PODCAST EPISODE 5: AAPI IN THE REPRO CONVO
with special guests Lilly Hu and Seri Lee, hosted by Asha Dahya
Thank you for tuning in to another episode of the Repo Film Podcast as part of the Repro Periodical Newsletter, where each month we share a short film and conversation centered around a theme. May is Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and given that the majority of our film team are part of the AAPI community, myself included, we fully realize the importance and timeliness of looking at the way we approach and help justice impacts AAPI Folks.
This month, we’re featuring the stunning short film Cold Wall and a short interview with writer and director Lilly Hu, who is originally from China. Cold Wall was her award winning IFC thesis film, which is about a young Chinese high school student experiencing an unplanned pregnancy while studying abroad alone in Los Angeles. Cold Wall follows Bei Bei a.k.a Katie as she negotiates her own unwanted pregnancy in an American culture that she doesn’t fully understand.
In the second half of this episode, I’ll be speaking with Seri Lee, the national campaign and membership director for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, also referred to in our interview by its acronym NAPAWF, Seri and I talk about the scary time we are living in, staring down the barrel of Roe v Wade being overturned. What reproductive justice is and why it is important for the AAPI community and what we as everyday people can do, even in small ways to ensure abortion access reproductive health and human rights is a reality we can all work toward.
It is a time filled with uncertainty right now. But as Seri quotes, black American abolitionist Mariam Kabir in our interview, “Having hope is a discipline.” I love that quote so much and we will not give up. So I hope you enjoy this conversation.