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Stories My Mother and Father Told Me – An Evening with Dmae Roberts

Thursday June 27, 2019, 5:30-7:00
Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW Third Ave | Portland OR 97209
$12/General Public; $10/Members


PORTLAND, OR – June 10, 2019

Renowned writer, producer, media and theater artist, and co-founder of Portland’s MediaRites’ Theater Diaspora, Dmae Roberts will screen her 2015 documentary film Mei Mei: A Daughter’s Song and read from her recent book Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed Race Family (2016).

Roberts’s program is part of Stories My Mother and Father Told Me, a series is organized by the Portland Chinatown Museum featuring a diverse array of storytellers and presenters exploring Asian American immigrant experiences across the generations. It is sponsored in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

More information, including how to purchase tickets online, can be found on Facebook @portlandchinatown.


About the Portland Chinatown Museum

The Portland Chinatown Museum is Oregon’s first museum that tells the history of Portland’s Chinatowns and provides a venue for contemporary Asian American artists in the Pacific Northwest to show their work. The museum hours are Thursdays-Sundays 12-5pm, with Wednesdays devoted to group tours by reservation.

The museum’s construction has been made possible by generous support from the Chinese Community and grants from Prosper Portland, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Collins Foundation.

Mei Mei Screens with Book Launch

Free Screening of Mei Mei with May 20th at 6:45pm at Woodrow Wilson High School (Portland, Oregon) (1151 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219) along with a book pre-launch.wilsonposter

Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song is 2015 award-winning film for the Best Historical Documentary from the Oregon Independent Film Festival for Wilson Equity and Diversity Film Series Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

More info about Dmae Roberts’ book The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family. 

This memoir traces four decades of what it means to be a mixed-race adult who sometimes called herself “Secret Asian Woman.” With her personal essays written over a ten-year period, Dmae Roberts journeys through biracial identity, Taiwan, sci-fi, and the trials of her interracial Taiwanese and Oklahoman family amid love, loss and letting go of past regrets and pain. Her reading and book signing events are scheduled as follows
The official launch will be at Broadway Books May 23rd at 7pm.

For more info about Broadway Books visit:

More about “The Letting Go Trilogies” :

The Film

meimeigirlABOUT THE FILM.

Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song is a cross-cultural tale of a mother and daughter separated by language and culture, yet bound together for life.


Director Dmae Roberts put together a team of new filmmakers and veteran artists to create the multimedia production of ‘Mei Mei’.


Directed by Dmae Roberts, Edited by T. Howard, Cinematography by Grant Abbett. Featured actor: Samantha Choy. Taiwanese Opera footage with permission by Rebecca Lin, Poetic Tapestry via YouTube.


The cast and crew of ‘Mei Mei’ worked together as a well oiled machine on set in the studio…


Viva the arts! Grants and individual contributions made this film possible.


List of new screenings and history.

Audio Documentary

"This piece leaves standard storytelling practices in the dust. Dmae’s production values are topnotch"

Salt Institute

About the Mei Mei Project

MediaRites Productions is a non-profit production organization based in Portland, Oregon,
that promotes acceptance among diverse communities through the arts, education and media
projects. Since 1984, MediaRites has produced award-winning national radio documentaries,
interactive websites
, and community projects. MediaRites is a non-profit media arts organization
dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard.

Through our radio and video documentaries, theatre productions and outreach projects we
create lasting legacies and connect communities.

Our largest project was the Peabody award-winning radio series, Crossing East, which created 8
one-hour programs on Asian Pacific American history along with community outreach events.

Currently, our productions are the Mei Mei film and Theatre Diaspora, a series of staged readings
of Asian American plays in collaboration with Portland Center Stage. 


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