Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z: Christy Chan reads “J Is for Jovita Idar”

Another week, another rad woman at City Lights–this time, we have filmmaker Christy Chan at the offices to talk about Jovita Idar and her struggle for equality and rights for workers and immigrants. Here, Christy speaks on staying true to yourself regardless of social norms and expectations, ignoring the way others might perceive you and embracing who you truly are meant to be.

This is the next installment in the video series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book, Rad American Women A-Zand answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahland published by City Lights/Sister Spit.

Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. She graduated with an M.A. in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the recipient of 2014 Lucas Award and Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, and a recent Artist in Residence at the Kala Institute for Art. Her videos, installations and live storytelling events use humor to examine everyday moments of disconnection in American culture. Pen Pals, her upcoming film, is based on childhood memories of exchanging correspondence with the Ku Klux Klan, while the video “Who’s Coming to Save You” explores the myth of heroism in mass media. Her work has been exhibited in film festivals, galleries and public venues including the Moth, National Public Radio, Film Independent & the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Shorts Series.

 

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