Featured Speaker

Renee Tajima-Peña  

Renee Tajima-Peña

Professor of Asian /American Studies at UCLA, Academy Awards nominated filmmaker


History in Real Time: Asian Americans Fight Back in the Age of COVID

Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-2 p.m.

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Awards nominated filmmaker whose work focuses on immigrant communities, race, gender and social justice. She has become a chronicler of the American scene with her documentary films “Who Killed Vincent Chin?,” the acclaimed investigation into the beating death of a Chinese American in Detroit and “My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha,” a feature-length road documentary in search of Asian America where she encounters rappers, debutantes, laborers and freedom fighters.

Her latest project is “Asian Americans,” a ground-breaking 5-hour docuseries about the Asian American experience through the lens of immigration, race, empire, identity and culture.

Renee's work has screened at worldwide film festivals and venues such as Cannes, Hawaii, Hong Kong, London, New Directors/New Films, Sundance and the Whitney Biennial. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded a USA Broad Fellowship and the Alpert Award in the Arts. She is the recipient of some two dozen other film awards and honors.

She is currently a professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA, where she is director of the Center for EthnoCommunications and holds an endowed chair in Japanese American studies. She was founding faculty and graduate director of the graduate program in social documentation at UC Santa Cruz. She was formerly a cultural commentator on NPR and a film critic for The Village Voice.

Read more about her on SpeakOutNow.org