Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody award-winning writer and independent media and theatre artist who has written and produced more than 400 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI programs. Her Peabody award-winning documentary “Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song” is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII. Her Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio also garnered a Peabody award. The eight-hour series took three years to produce and ran on more than 230 stations around the country. She is now creating the Crossing East Archive Project its 10th anniversary, an online repository of nearly 300 hours of oral history interviews collected for the ground-breaking series.
Roberts has recently completed her memoir book The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed Race Family which traces four decades of what it means to be a mixed-race adult who sometimes called herself “Secret Asian Woman. Now available for purchase for $12.95 in print (during the holidays!) on Amazon.com (http://amzn.com/1522998950) and CreateSpace (https://www.createspace.com/5971338).
About Roberts: Other awards and honors include: Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association and was one of 50 artists around the country to be selected recently for the 2007 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship, the Peabody, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Casey Medal, the United Nations Silver award, two Clarion Awards, two Heart of America awards, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Award. She received an Oregon Book award and two Portland Drama Circle Awards for her theatre work in Portland. As the executive producer of MediaRites, a non-profit organization dedicated to multicultural arts production in radio and educational outreach, she continues her personal mission to create works that bring diverse communities together. MediaRites’ current projects are Theatre Diaspora, Oregon’s only AAPI theatre ensemble and the Crossing East Archive Project.
When time intertwines Japanese art, Impressionism, environmental science, and three cultures…
In 2012 I went to the Van Gogh museum and saw all these Japanese prints. I thought it was cool they included them in the museum but then I realized it was Van Gogh copying Japanese wood-block prints as did many artists of the time. Japanese artwork really gave birth to Impressionism. I couldn’t get the image of one painting, The Courtesan, out of my head. I kept imagining the subject of the painting talking to the artist. Then I thought about global influences of art and cultures and how art can help give us hope even through devastation. Read More