MINNEAPOLIS — Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) has collaborated with local artists for the past several years in support of our mission, which is to end domestic violence by promoting safe & healthy relationships within the Asian Pacific Islander community.
This month, we put the spotlight on Mr. Pete K. Wong – writer, film director and producer, actor and martial artist.
Pete has been a committed AWUM partner for well over two years. He has generously donated his time, sharing with our children his theatrical and storytelling skills by dressing up as Santa Claus for two consecutive years, and by offering self-defense classes for our shelter residents. Last summer,
Pete was a key collaborator in Man Forward, a digital visual poem produced by AWUM. We are honored to serve with Pete and we publicly acknowledge his contributions.
AWUM asked Pete a few questions about his craft and the role of the arts in promoting social change. Here are his responses:
Q: What is your main art form?
Pete: Film & Theatre (writing, directing, producing, acting) and Martial Arts.
Q: How long have you been engaged in developing and refining your craft?
P: With writing, directing, producing and acting, I started in 1999. For the martial arts, I began in 1996 doing Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, some Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Boxing, and Korean Karate.
Q: What motivates you to do art?
P: Everything. I want to share my stories, perspectives, and philosophy through the craft of storytelling. And, I want to share the things I’ve discovered through being a martial arts practitioner.
Q: What role does art play in creating positive social change?
P: I believe it’s a choice. If you want to create positive social change then that’s the story you choose to tell. If you make something through your craft and it’s something people can relate to in some fashion you can always effect change. Martial arts is about self-discipline and respecting others and learning to defend oneself. We learn it so we don’t have to use it unless absolutely necessary.
Q: Why do you want your creative works to support AWUM’s mission?
P: AWUM is a place where people discover things about themselves. I strive to make works that challenge people to see the world differently but I also love to find interesting ways of showing it. I am someone who really cares about what I create, and most importantly, how I go about saying it. Martial arts can show the value of not only yourself but how with a little hard work and a change in perception, nobody has to ever see themselves as a victim, whether for the prevention of any future domestic violence, or for empowering those who have already gone through it.
To keep up with Pete’s work: http://petekwong.weebly.com.
To reach AWUM: www.awum.org or 24-hour crisis: 612-724-8823.