Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. He is also the writer and director of the film DOCUMENTED.
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May 23, 2016
Seeing yourself in the media is powerful, especially for young children. Complex and realistic representations can shape young identities for the better, while stereotypical and racist representations (or none at all) can leave lasting and harmful impressions for a lifetime. So, what do representations of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the mainstream media show young AAPIs? Mostly stereotypes and racist jokes. Frequent portrayals of AAPIs as sidekicks, submissive, or socially awkward nerds mean that Asian Americans aren’t being portrayed as central, multi-dimensional characters. At #...
Childcare & Early Education Families & The Federal Budget Family Economic Security Immigration Media Library MomsRising Near You MomsVote Politics & Policy
June 27, 2014
I never thought sending a Facebook “Friend Request” could impact me they way it did. One day on my Facebook wall, I noticed an organization called “DREAMers Moms”, so I sent them a friend request. I quickly received a response that they wanted me to come to a meeting in Miami, Florida. I was changed forever… The meeting overwhelmed me, and I was able to catch it on film for “Documented” (which airs June 29th on CNN). Seeing the sacrifice these mothers made for their children so they could have a brighter future, the ability to go to college, build careers they never imagined, and build their...
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June 24, 2014
On Sunday, June 29th, my story in the form of the film “Documented” will be told to the nation on CNN. A large part of my story is that I haven’t seen my mother since August 1993.
May 10, 2014
What my mother did that day was the toughest act of her life--and it was an act of love.