Dmae is the executive producer of MediaRites, a nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects. Since 1984, MediaRites has produced award-winning radio and film documentaries, interactive websites, theatre and outreach projects.
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IN THE MIX
Photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Mixed Race is the fastest growing minority in America. The arts have opened up new ideas through colorblind casting, fusion in music, visual art, and literature. Just as each racial/ethnic group influences and changes artistic styles and movements, Mixed Race artists help to create fusion and bridges cultural and traditional differences.
In The Mix is a one-hour radio documentary featuring artists of all different disciplines and races. The documentary features Lou Diamond Phillips, Writer Lisa See, Playwright Heather Raffo, Conceptual Artist/Writer damali ayo, Poet Robert Karimi, Musican Phillip Blanchett, Visual Artist Phyllis Fast, Oregon Shakespeare Actor Demetra Pittman and more…visit our website at MixedRaceWorld.org. Produced by Dmae Roberts and MediaRites Productions with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Regional Arts and Culture Council
The Return of the Alutiiq Masks
Coming Home is a one-hour NPR-news-friendly radio documentary that interweaves oral history interviews, Alutiiq music and soundscapes.
The documentary takes us to Kodiak, Alaska where Alutiiq peoples work to save their language, cultural traditions and heritage by unlocking the secrets of the masks collected by French explorer Alphonse Pinnart in 1872. When he died in 1911, he bequeathed the masks to the Chateau Musee, a small museum off the coast of Northern France. There the collection survived two World Wars and were “rediscovered” by Alutiiq artists who began making pilgrimages to France in 2000 to see the artifacts of their culture. This led to an unprecedented sharing of history between two cultures, two different countries a world apart.
Learn more at DmaeRoberts.com/cominghome
Secret Asian Woman is a personal exploration of identity and Mixed Race by Dmae Roberts, who has to make a daily decision to reveal her ethnicity. Through her personal story, Dmae charts four decades of a search by multiracial peoples for a name. The politics of calling out racism has changed through the years as has identification. In this half-hour radio documentary, Dmae talks with other Mixed Race Asian women with identities not easily recognized and addresses with humor the complexities involved in even discussing race.
Editorial consultations from Catherine Stifter and damali ayo. Original music by Clark Salisbury. Additional music by Teresa Enrico and Portland Taiko. Interviews with Velina Hasu Houston, Rainjita Yang Geesler, Julie Thi Underhill and Patti Duncan. Funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council Individual Artist program.
The Peabody-Award winning eight-hour radio documentary series on Asian Pacific American History hosted by George Takei and Margaret Cho. Order downloads here!
Three years in the making, Crossing East was created for release in May 2006, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To date, it has aired on more than 230 public radio stations and hailed as the first comprehensive Asian American history series on radio or TV. Crossing East features the work of dozens of producers, scholars, musicians, and actors. MediaRites is in the process of creating the Crossing East Archive with nearly 300 hours of oral histories collected for this series. More here.
The Story of Ing “Doc” Hay: Frontier Herbalist tells the unusual and significant story of Doc Hay and his business partner and friend Lung On who ran the Kam Wah Chung store and medical practice in a small Eastern Oregon town shortly after the Gold Rush and into the 1950’s. Unlike other parts of the country where lynchings and massacres of Chinese immigrants were the norm, these two men were respected members of the community and are still remembered by John Day residents. For more information on the Kam Wah Chung museum, visit the Oregon State Parks Trust. Order it here. Hear the NPR story here.
Heart of Nature
A series of features stories on youth with disabilities and their relationship with their environments.
Three one-hour radio documentaries hosted by Oregon Symphony Conductor James DePreist which included The Journey of Lady Buddha, an hour-long personal and historical exploration of cultural conflicts in spirituality and the search for the Asian goddess of compassion and mercy, Kuan Yin. Order it here.
A series of 13 half-hour cross-cultural and cross-generational American stories that aired on more than 100 National Public Radio stations around the country.Hosted by Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist. Stories include Don’t Take the Colors Apart about playwright Velina Hasu Houston and the Peabody Award-winning Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song.
© 2016 Dmae Roberts