Deann Borshay Liem
Adopted Korean Connection will hold its third International Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Macalester College in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.
The symposium on Korean Adoption Studies will take place at the 2013 IKAA Gathering, a fundraising event hosted by AK Connection. It includes the most presentations by local adoption scholars on the most recent research.
The symposium presentations include “Race & Adoption Marketplace: The Korean Example” by Dr. Liz Raleigh. The second presentation is “First Wave Adopted Koreans: Model Minority Migration & U.S. National Belonging” by PhD candidate Kelly Condit-Shrestha. The afternoon session will include the “IKAA Survey Report” by Dr. Kim Park Nelson and Dr. Kimberley Langrer. The even will conclude with the presentation from filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem and dinner.
Korean adoptee filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem will also be present to speak at the symposium. She is currently the executive director of Mu Films (www.mufilms.org), a nonprofit documentary production company based in Berkeley, Calif., with a mission to produce documentaries and educational media about the issues and untold stories of under-represented communities.
Liem has over 20 years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent documentaries.
Liem’s documentary, “First Person Plural” (Sundance, 2000) was nominated for an Emmy Award. Her other award winning film is “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee” (PBS, 2010).
A Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, Liem served director, producer and writer of the new feature-length documentary, “Geographies of Kinship – The Korean Adoption Story.”
Liem is a past director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). She supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media.
She served as Executive Producer for Spencer Nakasako’s “Kelly Loves Tony” (PBS, 1998) and for his film “AKA Don Bonus” (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award). She served as Executive Producer for “On Coal River” (Silverdocs, 2010) a film by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood.
Liem also served as co-producer for “Special Circumstances” (PBS, 2009) by Marianne Teleki which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former interrogators and torturers in Chile.
Find out more about MuFilms at facebook.com/mufilms.
Tickets to attend the fundraiser are $30 at the door or $20 in advance.
To join or help AK Connection make this a great event, and to help support its community partner, AdopSource, visit www.akconnection.com or www.indiegogo.com/TISKAS. Find out more about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/418714114872663.