Kollaboration Announces New Board Member: Christine Minji Chang

Kollaboration is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, during a meeting of the Kollaboration Board of Directors, Christine Minji Chang was elected as the Board’s 4th and newest member.

Managing Director, Marvin Yueh, commented, “I am proud to see my former colleague Minji Chang taking an active role on our Board of Directors. Kollaboration has grown tremendously under her leadership as Executive Director and I look forward to her stewarding our mission of empowering the creative talents of our APIDA youth from an advisory position.”

Christine Minji Chang is an actor and screenwriter currently working on her first screenplay and competing for a spot in the 2019 Sundance Filmmakers Lab. Minji served as the Global Executive Director of Kollaboration from 2012 to 2018, leading the organization as it expanded its scope from music and performing arts, to including film and digital media, and founding the EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference. Minji Chang is an active member of the APA Filmmakers Experience and recently served on the Community Advisory Council for Crazy Rich Asians, assisting Warner Bros develop outreach strategies for the Asian American Community.

Join Us for an #AsAmCreatorRollCall in LA!

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival invites you to join us for a special mixer to cap off C3: The Conference for Creative Content to celebrate with our creators.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 5th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, at Opodz in Little Tokyo Los Angeles (362 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

The #AsAmCreatorRollCall Mixer is hosted by the Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience Committee.


Presented by Visual Communications, the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be May 3 – May 12, 2018. LAAPFF is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards.


Kollaboration Brings Asian American Voices to SXSW 2018

For the second year in a row, Kollaboration hosted a series of successful events supporting Asian American arts and media at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. Kollaboration’s 2018 SXSW program started with a mixer and panel that explored Asian American excellence from industry and creative leaders and finished with our 2nd official SXSW Music Showcase celebrating the amazing talent and voices of Asian American musicians!

Jeff Ho (Pandora), Susan Jin Davis (Comcast), Gingger Shankar (Producer/Composer), Leonardo Nam (Actor, & Minji Chang (Kollaboration) – Photo by HBO

Kollaboration partnered with Pandora, HBO, & the APA Filmmakers Experience to host #AsAmCreatorRollCall in Austin on March 13 – a panel and networking event connecting API creatives during SXSW 2018. Our afternoon included an incredible panel featuring:

Jeff Ho (Design Director, Pandora)
Susan Jin Davis (Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast)
Gingger Shankar (Composer, Producer)
Leonardo Nam (Actor, HBO’s Westworld)

Moderated by Kollaboration Executive Director Minji Chang.

2018 HBO APA Visionaries Finalist Huay-Bing Law & Leonardo Nam – Photo by HBO

We also had a sneak peek of the 2018 HBO APA Visionaries finalist Huay-Bing Law followed by an in-depth conversation between him and Leonardo Nam on storytelling and Asian representation. Thank you to our friends at Chi’lantro for the delicious bites!

Thank you to our sponsors Pandora and HBO!

Finally, on March 15, Kollaboration was proud to put on display some amazing Asian American talent at the 2nd ever official SXSW Asian American Spotlight Music Showcase. The lineup, the energy, and the crowd was FIRE all night long with performances by:
Lions Ambition

Lion's Ambition @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
Lion’s Ambition @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography

Tim Atlas

Tim Atlas @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
Tim Atlas @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography


CLARA @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
CLARA @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography


Uzuhan @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
Uzuhan @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography

G Yamazawa

G Yamazawa @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
G Yamazawa @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography

Ruby Ibarra

Ruby Ibarra @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight - Photo by Pixeletry Photography
Ruby Ibarra @ Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight – Photo by Pixeletry Photography


Shoutout to Tap Room for hosting us and our production partners Mandoo Entertainment! Thank you to everyone who came out to vibe and support our amazing API artists! FOLLOW THEM ALL!

Thank you to all our sponsors and partners!


Pandora & Kollaboration Present #AsAmCreatorRollCall in Austin – Mixer & Panel

Kollaboration and Pandora are excited to bring together the Asian American community in Austin for South by Southwest to gather, network, and collaborate with fellow leaders bringing positive change in diversity and inclusion to the screen, the boardrooms, and beyond!

#AsAmCreatorRollCall in Austin –  Mixer & Panel
Presented by Pandora
3:00PM – 7:00PM

Schedule of Events:

3:00PM-4:00PM – Welcome Mix & Mingle

4:00PM-5:00PM – #AsAmCreatorRollCall Panel w/ Jeff Ho (Pandora), Susan Jin Davis (Comcast Corporation), & Gingger Shankar (Composer)

5:00PM – 5:30PM – Sneak Peek of HBO APA Visionaries 2018 finalist Huay Bing Law’s short film

5:30PM – 6:00PM – “Visionaries” Chat w/ Leonardo Nam & Huay Bing Law

6:00PM – 7:00PM – Networking Mix & Mingle

Food provided throughout the event by Chi’lantro

This discussion is inspired by The #AsAmCreatorRollCall hashtag movement, started by writer/filmmaker Greg Pak , as well as the powerful #AsAmCreatorRollCall in Park City conversation that took place at the Sundance Film Festival during the 2018 APA Filmmakers Experience which included Jon M Chu, director of the upcoming Warner Bros feature film Crazy Rich Asians.

The #AsAmCreatorRollCall movement is a call to action to recognize creators from Asian American community, and for these creators to support one another to create better, and more accurate, representation of Asians and Asian Americans on the screen, page, boardroom, and beyond. #AsAmCreatorRollCall in Austin will be a gathering for creators and leaders to collide and compel each other to take charge of their own narratives to create a better, more diverse world.


This event is open to the public (no SXSW badge required) but an RSVP is required for admission


Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight returns to SXSW 2018!

Kollaboration is proud to announce that we are producing our 2nd Official SXSW Music Showcase at this year’s festival! Kollaboration Presents: Asian American Spotlight is the ONLY music showcase at SXSW featuring an all Asian American lineup:

*Click on each artist for more information about their SXSW set

Lions Ambition | Seattle, WA - Hip Hop Soul
Lions Ambition | Seattle, WA – Hip Hop Soul

Tim Atlas | Bay Area, CA - Indie Acoustic
Tim Atlas | Bay Area, CA – Indie Acoustic

CLARA | Los Angeles, CA - Electro Pop
CLARA | Los Angeles, CA – Electro Pop

Uzuhan | Atlanta, GA - Hip Hop
Uzuhan | Atlanta, GA – Hip Hop

G Yamazawa | Durham, NC - Hip Hop
G Yamazawa | Durham, NC – Hip Hop

Ruby Ibarra | Bay Area, CA - Hip Hop
Ruby Ibarra | Bay Area, CA – Hip Hop

Our event will be hosted at Tap Room at the Market (319 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701), on Thursday March 15 at 8pm CT! In addition to this fire lineup there will be a great variety of drinks on tap + cocktails for purchase!

Don’t miss out on this event, it will be one unforgettable evening in which you will be a part of the Kollaboration Movement, filled with moving performances and immense support for the API community!


Asian Americans Break the Silence & Stereotypes Panel – SXSW 2017

For too long, Asian Americans have been underrepresented, stereotyped, or whitewashed in mainstream media & left very much invisible. In recent years, a growing grassroots movement & collaborative effort of Asian American creatives in new media, music, & film have changed the scene & brought this issue to the forefront after years of cultural evolution. This panel will gather some leading Asian American creatives to discuss the layered issues behind the challenges of being pegged as “unmarketable” by Hollywood & proof of how our stories enrich & entertain a universal audience & impact our world.

Recorded live at SXSW 2017 on Sunday March 16,2017

Minji Chang, Kollaboration
Phil Yu, Angry Asian man
Jenny Yang, Disoriented Comedy
Dante Basco, We Own the 8th

Produced & Edited by Zenith Division

On Graduation – A Poem by Kavi Vu

As we approach Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kollaboration is proud to share a visualization of Kavi Vu’s (Kollaboration ATL ’12) award winning poem, “On Graduation”

Have you ever felt the same?

Narrator – Kavi Vu
Daughter – Kelli Chu
Mother – Rose Kai Lee
Directors – Minji Chang & Brianna Kim
Producers – Dennis Chang & Marvin Yueh
Director of Photography – John Enriquez
Production Assistants – Shannon Wong & Isabell Liao
Editor – Aaliyah Chae & Andrew Kim


Kollaboration’s Asian American SXSW Music Showcase Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered

Kollaboration’s first ever SXSW showcase was featured  on today’s edition of NPR’s All Things Considered!

Missed the broadcast? Not to worry ~

Check out the audio archive and web article of the segment here!

Stay tuned to Kollaboration.org for more recap coverage of our experiences at SXSW, including highlights from our panel and our showcase! In the meantime, here are some pictures for our showcase.


Cover photo by Stephanie Vu/Zenith Division

SJ & Ginny and Kollaboration New York presents “Quiet Tiny Asian”

Being a Quiet Tiny Asian has never been easier, thanks to these 5 easy lessons. Join QTA as she teaches her baby niece (and you!) how to successfully to be Asian in America. And if you mess up, don’t worry, people will be sure to correct you!

Kollaboration New York is excited to announce our latest co-production partnership with comedic duo, SJ & Ginny, of Drive-by Street Harassment and “Urban Teach Now” fame.

Read the full interview with the creators at Kollab.NYC


Kollaboration is going to SXSW!

If you’ve been following Kollaboration in 2016, you’d know that we’re headed to this year’s South by Southwest Conference & Festival in Austin to host a social impact panel on Asian American representation in media! A massive 10-day multi-media event consisting of a music festival, film festival, and interactive conference, SXSW is where trends are launched and the next big thing is discovered, and we’re excited to be a part of it. Our panel, “Asian Americans Break the Silence & Stereotypes,” will take place during SXSW Interactive on Sunday, March 12 at 5pm and will feature a discussion between Kollaboration Executive Director Minji Chang and a panel made up of Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jenny Yang (Disoriented Comedy), and Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar)!


And as if that wasn’t huge enough, we’re also excited to announce that Kollaboration will be producing the first ever official showcase of Asian American musical acts at this year’s SXSW Music Festival! Taking place on Thursday, March 16 at Lambert’s Downtown Barbeque, our 2017 lineup include Run River North, Megan Lee, Big Phony, and Melissa Polinar! Only about a fourth of acts who apply for the festival are granted a performance slot and Kollaboration is proud for the opportunity to showcase these amazing Asian American talents to the tens of thousands of festival attendees in Austin, “Live Music Capital of the Word!”


Whether you’ll be joining us in Austin or supporting us from home, help us spread the word that Asian Americans are bringing the noise to SXSW 2017! And for those of you interested in either covering our events, or sponsoring them, shoot us a message at info@kollaboration.org