FILM AND WRITING PROJECTS
THE PATH HOME
Robert is currently working on The Path Home with Kayhan Irani and Tammy Arnstein, an oral history and documentary project that brings to life a seminal moment in America’s immigration history - the welcoming of almost three million new Americans through the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 - and highlights its impact on the United States today. This was a bipartisan moment that allowed formerly undocumented immigrants to fully participate in their adopted home. The advocates that pushed for the legislation and implemented the amnesty program also went on to build a national network of organizations and leaders who continue to shape immigrants’ rights work to this day. We’re hoping to activate this history to make a difference in the current context. More info here:
CHILDHOOD IN TRANSLATION
Childhood in Translation addresses how immigrant families are affected by language barriers. It follows youth who serve as the linguistic and cultural brokers for their families, and the challenges that limited English-proficient families have in accessing basic services to which they are entitled by law. Portions of the project are available in a DVD with three short modules for outreach and educational purposes.
From enslaved garment workers in El Monte to Koreatown restaurant and market workers, labor continues to be a vital part of the Asian American experience. Grassroots Rising shares the stories of Asian immigrant working families as they struggle to claim their place in Los Angeles and America. A collaboration with Visual Communications, the oldest Asian American media arts center in the United States, Grassroots Rising celebrates the history and ongoing tradition of labor activism that helps to build community across racial and ethnic lines. Contact for more information.
Saigon, U.S.A. takes place in the heart of the Vietnamese American community, Southern California's Little Saigon. It starts with an explosive political conflict - fifty two days of protests over a shopkeeper's display of the communist flag and Ho Chi Minh. The film then delves into the passions underlying the protests by following members of the older generation who still suffer from the loss of their homeland and members of the younger generation who are chasing the American dream. Purchase here:
OUT OF THE SHADOWS, OUT OF THE CLOSET
This is a short documentary about LGBTQ leadership and cross-movement alliances in the immigrants rights field. Also includes a written report for Neo Philanthropy. More info here: https://neophilanthropy.org/out-of-the-closet-out-of-the-shadows-lgbtq-leadership-in-the-struggle-against-deportation-presented-by-neo-philanthropy/
GROUNDSWELL MEETS GROUNDWORK
Report about the stakeholders and dynamics of the immigrant rights uprisings of 2006, written with Ted Wang, published in "Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America." (Edited by Kim Voss and Irene Bloemraad, 2011.)