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Asian Hate, Identity, and Trauma in a Pandemic

Co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

Asian American short films curated by Huu T. Ly with respondents: Ji-Yeon Yuh, Director, Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program, and Dr. Qianhui Zhang, Clinical Psychologist, Northwestern University Counseling & Psychological Services 

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.

Through narrative and documentary, drama and horror, these six Asian American short films commemorate the intersection of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month by amplifying Asian American stories and filmmakers while highlighting mental health and social issues facing the Asian American community.

Huu Ly is a Film Programmer and Marketing Coordinator for The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) and has been programming since 2009 for The Asian American Showcase at The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.  The Asian American Showcase has just completed its 25th iteration after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID and since its inception in 1995, has been the longest running film festival to exclusively showcase Asian American stories and filmmakers.  He has also programmed for The Houston Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFF) and The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF).  Huu has served as an Asian American community leader for the Chicago chapter of The National Association of Asian American Professionals as Vice President of Operations and as a board member of The Vietnamese Association of Illinois. Since FAAIM is an all-volunteer organization, Huu works full time as a Civil Engineer.

Qianhui Zhang, Ph.D., (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist and staff psychologist at the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Northwestern University since 2016. At CAPS, she provides individual and group therapy, training, and community-based programming, and her work is grounded in trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and culturally responsive framework. Her clinical expertise includes varied forms of trauma, grief/loss, disordered eating and body image, depression/anxiety, and mental health stigma among college student population. She provides professional training and programming around the decolonization of mental health practices, race-related stress/trauma, intergenerational trauma, cross-cultural adjustment and immigration stress. Since joining CAPS, she serves as mental health liaison with the international student and Asian American student populations on the Evanston campus.