Jeremy Thao is a Hmong American screenwriter and director from Atlanta. His top objectives as a filmmaker are to create space and opportunities for underrepresented peoples to explore the world of filmmaking and help bring their stories to the silver screen. Jeremy's filmmaking highlights voices and narratives that have been traditionally overlooked and hopes to encourage others to share their stories as well. His upcoming short film, "Wokman" won the Spring 2021 Film Impact Georgia Filmmaking Grant, which Jeremy's BIPOC and women-led team of indie filmmakers are currently in pre-production for. Production is planned for August 2022 with hopes for a successful film festival circuit in 2023.
Dr. Fred Chou (周敏浩) is an assistant professor in counselling psychology in the department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria and a registered psychologist. He is a 2nd generation Chinese Canadian with ancestral roots from the Canton province. His research interests include the mental health of Asian Canadians, intergenerational trauma and resilience, and youth mental health literacy. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the following research projects: (Re)Claim and Connect, using storytelling in groups to address anti-Asian racism; (Re)Cultivating Family Stories, a self-guided program to foster connection to family and heritage; and Stories that Shape Us, narratives of Chinese Canadian intergenerational resilience.
Information on these studies, as well as other resources relevant to Asian mental health in Canada can be found on his website www.growthandsolidarity.ca.