Let's Talk - Video Discussion Guide - A history of silence: spoken word on model minority

The Video Campaign Project has been created to promote a greater awareness and understanding of anti-Asian racism to impact systemic change in public institutions, support community agencies, and influence public perceptions. The videos and discussions apply to everyone and provide Canadians the historical and contemporary underpinnings of hate, racism and discrimination directed at Asian-Canadians.

This video resource guide provides guidance for facilitation and discussion.

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Credit List

Producer & Director: Jon Yu

Co-Producer: Karen Cho

Art director & Script: Yang Shi

Script consultant: Viet Tran

Research: Richmond Lam, Yang Shi, Karen Cho

Project management: Serena Gronlund and Danita OT Chow

Casting & coordination: Danita OT Chow

Camera work: Jon Yu and Richmond Lam

Audio recording (Montreal interviews): Brent Li

Audio engineering and mastering: Sarah Shin

Voice-over talent: France Stohner, Viet Tran

Illustrations: Thaila Khampo

Animation & Motion graphics: Olivia Chan

De-rushing: Jon Yu, Richmond Lam, Serena Gronlund, Danita OT Chow

Editing & Motion graphics: Jon Yu

Transcription & Subtitling: Jon Yu

French translation: Yang Shi

Land acknowledgement consultant: Mario Adam Parent

Participants and Interviewees (in order of appearance)

Emily Jan
Anne-Marie Pham
Kevin Chong
Teresa Woo-Paw
Angela Ly
Tim Bauer
Rachel Cheung
Ahalya Satkunaratam
Monica Batac
Susil Sharma
Chuong Trinh
Thaila Khampo
Amy Wong
Artie Lam
Nancy Ng
Lisa Sim
Alice Leung
France Stohner
Kenji Ohashi
César Cala
André-Anne Côté
Young barista
Tammy – flower lady 
Keith Allison
Skater #1
Skater #2
Siavash Rokni
Murielle Chan Chu
Julien Nguyen
Betty Valenzuela

Sources and References

Archival images + Still images

National Archives of Canada: Railroad workers
Public Archives Canada
Vancouver public library
Canadian War Museum
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Karen Cho – Family photo
Globe and Mail
Canadian Illustrated News
The Wasp
The Daily Klondike Nugget
Facebook: Jonathan Mok


The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Star
The Calgary Herald
The Red Deer Advocate
The Daily Hive
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CTV News
Global News
Vancouver Sun
The Huffington Post

Video Clips

Tik Tok: @silly.elie
Tik Tok: @mmarocco
YouTube: The Vancouver Police
YouTube: The Mississauga Police

Montreal protest videos

 Jon Yu: Justice for Joyce Protest – Montreal
Richmond Lam: March Against Anti-Asian Racism – Montreal

Toronto Chinatown videos

Karen Cho

Special Acknowledgements

Bette Lee & Peter Yu
Hiroshi Iishi & Alexis
Kristin Regan & Justin Orze
Caelie Frampton