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首部反映美國亞裔文化電視片誕生

   〔本報訊〕三月十五日晩上六點,在麗華酒家里,舉辦了由美華協會主席Johnny Wu (Media Design Imaging )和他的一群夥伴, 製作的第一部亞裔傳統文化電視紀録片發佈會,來自社區各個少數民族的代表六十人左右觀看了這部長達51分鐘的紀録片。這部紀録片介紹了亞裔各族慶祝中國年的習俗。Johnny Wu表示這是第一部,時間長一點,以後基本上定爲三十分鐘一部。第二部電視紀録片將介紹亞裔婚姻風俗。


     製作這種電視片是需要花很多費用的,但是Johnny Wu還是有信心去完成它,社區的人們也在期盼着,它將幫助社區人更好地瞭解亞裔文化。這是俄亥俄州第一部反映亞裔美國人文化的電視片,亞裔社區將爲這部電視片的誕生而自傲。將來,它將在WKYC Channel 3 還有 Cleveland TV 20中播放。
    克里夫蘭美華協會成立于1983年,是一個非營利社團,多年來,在提陞華人的社會地位,促進文化、敎育和經濟等交流方面做出了很大的貢獻。

 

OCAGC Kick-off Party for Their Outreach Initiative TV Show

In late 2008, OCAGC’s president Johnny Wu had a telephone conversation with publisher of El Sol de Cleveland, and it came to discuss on a possibility of a television show for the Asian Pacific community, hence, it was the start of a great concept.
    Mr. Wu, also very involved in the media and film production community, continued discussing this concept with his peers and realized it can be a reality.
      In understanding the need and cost to make a television show, a meeting was held, a core group of members including OCAGC Board Members and many community leaders and friends, agreed, to have this as an outreach initiative, OCA Image TV Ohio was born.
      A typical television show is expensive to produce, but Johnny Wu knew that it is feasible with all the resources he has available – everyone is willing to make this happen, volunteering their time and equipment, hoping that once it is kicked off, it would eventually bring enough attention and funding to help cover the cost that would incur on later episodes.
       We knew that the community will be very proud of the show and as the first Asian American TV show for the community in Northeast Ohio.
Founded in February 28, 1983, the Organization of Chinese-Americans of Greater Cleveland, Inc. (OCAGC) is a non-profit, non-partisan civil rights, cultural and educational organization. OCAGC is part of the National OCA, with over 84 chapters and affiliates within the United States. We are dedicated to promoting cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. OCA’s tagline reads: "Embracing the Hopes and Aspiration of Asian Pacific Americans".
     The OCAGC serves the continually growing Asian Pacific American community of Northeast Ohio and works with other organizations and communities to promote ethnic awareness and cultural diversity. More about OCAGC can be found at www.ocagc.org.
     IMAGE TV OHIO is an outreach project from OCAGC, hoping to be self-sustain, a High Energy Magazine-styled 30 minutes Television show. IMAGE TV OHIO will focus on local Asian Pacific American cultural diversity and prospective on Economic, Social, Arts and Cultural Development. The show will provide the community at large a better understanding of Asian culture. Each episode will include segments on a variety of diverse topics related to?economic, education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty,?fashion, sports,?arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as upcoming events.?
     IMAGE TV OHIO will cover topics of interest to Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas and will include cultures from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

     IMAGE TV OHIO will be shot on High Definition in Downtown Cleveland. Currently, we plan to air up to 13 - Thirty minute episodes each year. PSA and commercial spots and Sponsorship packages (main underwriter, segment sponsor, product placement, product feature/demonstration) are also available.
Each IMAGE TV OHIO episode will also be available online for viewing at iTunes, numerous websites through one web link or embedded video. Sponsors are encouraged to have the show linked at their website as well.
Where is IMAGE TV OHIO aired?
     IMAGE TV OHIO is planning on airing on WKYC Channel 3 or on Cleveland TV 20 of Time Warner Cable’s digital channel 20.
Cleveland TV 20 is the best place for City of Cleveland news, activities, programs, and events. TV20's primary goal is to make local government more accessible and understandable with programming that covers a broad range of information.
     Operating 24 hours a day, TV20 has an audience of 928,000+ households - and continues to grow. Programming is developed at Cleveland City Hall and the TV20 studio in the Cleveland Convention Center. The signal originates from Time Warner’s Cable, subscribers see this channel first thing when they turn their television on.
WKYC, Channel 3, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Cleveland, Ohio, owned by the Gannett Company. Its studio is located on the shores of Lake Erie, while its transmitter is located in Parma, Ohio. WKYC, Channel 3 reaches 1,556,700 households within these counties: Erie, Huron, Richland, Ashland, Lorain, Medina, Wayne, Holms, Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Carroll, and Ashtabula.
     OCA Image TV Ohio’s pilot episode is completed and currently airing on Cleveland TV20. The pilot episode kicks off with 51 minutes of content, showcasing how the various ethnic Asian cultures celebrated the Lunar New Year through pictures and videos (i.e. Lion Dances and celebrations). Explanation of traditional foods to include and a how to create a dish for New Year celebrations; and a local spotlight on Cleveland own’s Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble.
For the 2nd episode, which is airing in mid. April, the theme will be on Asian Weddings - honoring family and heritage, Asian Weddings are also becoming a growing trend among Asian Pacific Americans and Westerners alike. Learn about tea ceremonies, table toasting, symbolic foods, banquet feasts, and playful games for the bride and groom. With a local spotlight with JACL’s Daicho Icho Drummers.
OCA Image TV Ohio can’t not be made possible without the support from our community, sponsor lists continue to grow, and the core members IMAGE TV OHIO composed of several community volunteers: Lisa Wong, Johnny K. Wu, Dr. Yachun Ku, Keith Benjamin, Kyle Znamenak, Janet Nguyen, Peter Sampson, Cynthia Graham, Kris Smith, Luca Zullo, Andrew Schofield, Jeff Yanik, Andrew Forthofer, and Isrrael Rosa.

OCA Image TV Ohio is currently looking for sponsorship to underwrite the show, please contact Johnny Wu at 216.373.3278 or email president@ocagc.org for sponsorship information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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