I'm catching my breath from a crazy, hectic few weeks; I attended my first American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida where "Chinese Couplets" was one of the films featured. The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association sponsored the screening and were the most hospitable hosts which was much appreciated in the midst of some 20,000 librarians and vendors of every stripe from around the country. I never knew how many sub-specialties of librarianship existed. The catalogue was filled with interesting sounding topics throughout the day, e.g. Library Programming and Events for Academic and School Librarians, Best/Worst Comics & Manga for Adults, Digital Preservation Education, to name a few. I made new friends and have a heightened respect for the dedicated professionals in the field.
I'd been home for a week, anticipating a trip to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and their 7th Annual Asian American Film Series. I requested that "Chinese Couplets" be scheduled early in July as my first grandchild was due later in the month. To our surprise, my tiny, healthy grandson blasted forth on July 4th! Four days later, an overflowing, enthusiastic crowd packed the Alhecama Theater to see the film and engaged in a lively, robust discussion. All this happened in a span of two weeks!
After the television broadcast of Chinese Couplets across the country, I received numerous emails from viewers sharing their own personal stories, notes of appreciation and one that gave me goose bumps from a college student. Here is an excerpt:"Chinese Couplets" changed my life. I now see things differently. As a Mexican-American woman with immigrant parents I wonder about my family's past, possibly it would provide some answers to questions about the present me and a window to my future." It's soul rewarding to know my film made such an impact.
Gratitude is the operative word here. Invitations to screen "Chinese Couplets" on the East Coast have been extended and it will be featured at the the California Library Association Conference on November 4th. As dates are confirmed, we'll post the dates on the website.