MANAA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive coverage and portrayals of Asian Americans. Formed in 1992, it has pushed the television and motion picture industries to include more Asian Americans in their projects and educated Hollywood about the stereotypes that have often plagued the APA community.
The easiest way to find out what is going on at MANAA and how to participate is to visit one of our monthly meetings (third Thursday of each month; second Thursday in December). The monthly general meeting start at 7:30 PM are currently held in the the upstairs meeting room of the Chinatown Public Safety Association in Los Angeles Chinatown. We welcome your input and thoughts on pressing issues regarding the portrayal of Asian Americans in print, radio, television and movies. MANAA is also looking for volunteers to help:
- Report on the APA outlook in TV shows, movies, etc.
- Investigate complaints.
- Contribute content to the website and newsletter.
- Draft letters when the media does something that deserves a thumbs-down (or a thumbs-up!)
Please join our two Facebook pages: Media Action Network for Asian Americans Media Action Network for Asian Americans and Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) https://www.facebook.com/groups/14661828412/
Please follow us on twitter: @manaaLA
To be put on our email list to receive notices about meetings and action items, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join MANAA as a dues-paying member or make a donation of financial support, please click here for more information.
Saturday, June 16 – Want to participate in MANAA, but can’t make the monthly meetings in Chinatown? We’ll be having a special Saturday meeting at the International House of Pancakes in Covina. Time: 10:00 AM. Address: 702 S. Citrus Ave. Directions: Take the 10, exit Citrus, go north a few blocks. The IHOP will be on your right (eastern) side. Meet MANAA’s new President and our Vice-President. The proposed discussion topic will be the state of APAs on Television, but we can talk about whatever community issues interest you. We also have some free gifts to give away.
Thursday, June 21. Monthly general meeting at the Chinatown Public Safety Association in Chinatown. Located at 823 N. Hill Street between Alpine and College Streets. Agenda items will include the (lack of) minority representation in next fall’s TV line-up, and this summer’s movies.
Please join MANAA along with our friends on Friday, April 11, 2003 for a special opening night reception and screening for “Better Luck Tomorrow,” the Sundance hit and first-ever Asian American film acquired for distribution by MTV films.
Martial arts star Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die) stars in this unique drama as an ex-cop who sacrificed everything and must now rebuild his own life as a teacher and mentor to a diverse group of teenagers. From the writer and executive producer of The Karate Kid and Kiss of the Dragon, and the executive producers of Smallville, The WB’s Black Sash features a multigenerational cast, dazzling martial arts and stories of hope and redemption.