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Online Screening & Live Discussion

Our first screening and chat was so popular, we’re doing it again! Watch excerpts from PBS’s epic film Asian Americans, followed by a live conversation with a diverse panel from Erie's Asian community. Learn about America's fastest-growing racial group, Asians in entertainment, growing up between cultures, and more.

FREE online screening and talk
Thursday, August 27
on Facebook LIVE and this web page

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About the Program

ASIAN AMERICANS is a five-hour film series that chronicles the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans. ASIAN AMERICANS looks at ways in which the Asian experience in the U.S. illuminates the larger American story. The film explores the role Asian Americans have played in the evolution of the American identity, in the context of migration, diversity and global connectedness.

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Archana Kumar

Daughter of immigrants from India, Archana was born and raised in Erie, PA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from Case Western Reserve University in 2011. Currently, Archana is the U.S. Communications Manager at Alstom. Archana is also active in Alstom’s diversity & inclusion network and is a regional leader in the Alstom Women of Excellence. Previously, Archana served as a Commissioner in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and held various positions such as President, Entertainment Chair and Marketing & Social Media Manager for the Erie Asian Pacific American Association (Erie APAA).

Sophie Tan

Sophie was born and raised in China. She graduated from South China Normal University with a degree in International Tourism Management. She met her husband in Fuzhou, China. They got married and moved to the United States. Sophie has two children, Daniel and Demi. Sophie is one of the owners of Chopstix Restaurant. She is also the treasurer in the Erie Asian Pacific American Association (Erie APAA). She also enjoys spending time with her family and exploring all Erie had to offer.

Walter Ang

Author of "Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History." He currently covers Filipino American theater professionals and issues as a correspondent for news site Before he moved to the US from Manila, he previously worked in digital marketing, healthcare marketing and freelance production management. Visit


Zareen Khan

Zareen is the daughter of immigrants from Bangladesh, born in State College PA and raised in Erie, PA. She attended kindergarten-12 school through Millcreek Township School District. Currently, Zareen is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in neuroscience and political science. On campus, Zareen is involved as a neuroscience research assistant, a member of Penn's tap team, and a member of an international health and service NGO, MEDLIFE. She is also active in the Philadelphia community advocating for education equity with the organization Philadelphia Jobs with Justice and as a mentor for elementary school students.

Priya Maccaferri

Priya is a mechanical engineer who moved to Erie, PA after graduating college at The Ohio State University. Now 9 years later, she calls the area her home with her husband, Marty, and cat, Bella. Priya was the first person in her family born in America and as a toddler she would unknowingly switch between English and Tamil from sentence to sentence. As an adult she has found a balance between her Indian heritage and her American identity, serving for 2 years as the Erie lead for GE’s Asian Pacific American Forum and currently leading Wabtec’s involvement with the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).

Ashutosh Deshmukh

Ashutosh immigrated to the USA from India, for higher education. He completed his MBA from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in accounting from The University of Memphis. He has worked at Penn State Behrend for the last 25 years. He is currently a Professor and Department Chair of Accounting & MIS. He has published over 40 papers, written two books, and presented at 50 conferences across the world. His wife, Hema, has two master’s degrees and taught statistics at Mercyhurst University. They have one son, Ameya, who is in the fourth year of medical school. Ashutosh and Hema love to travel and visit new places. They, and their extended family, love Erie lake and Romolo chocolates!

Presented in partnership with

  • Erie Asian Pacific American Association
  • Erie Arts & Culture

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Ford Foundation/JustFilms; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang; and California Humanities.