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Susan Chinsen, Establishing Director of the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), says film festivals can be powerful tools to engage the public and spark important – sometimes tricky – conversations. She discusses a key goal of BAAFF – to build community amongst Asian Americans by providing a forum to gather, connect, and take pride in their shared heritage and experiences as their stories are told on the big screen.
Susan Chinsen received a BA from Tufts University in American Studies with a focus on Media and Asian Americans. In 2013, she joined the Chinese Historical Society of New England as the Managing Director, focusing on documenting, promoting, and preserving the experiences of Chinese in the region – with a primary focus on Boston’s Chinatown. She is the establishing director of the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), a project of Asian American Resource Workshop, seeking to use
films to expand awareness of issues impacting Asian Americans. She also serves on the Board of Directors at South Cove Community Health Center.