We were young, emerging, and hungry for change. CAAM's 40 year legacy is built on fearless storytelling, compassionate community, and a mission to promote authentic representation of Asian Americans in the public media. This is how our journey moves forward into the future.


National Conference of Asian Pacific Producers in Public Broadcasting at UC Berkeley inspires the future of film.


An Asian American
Film Festival is born.


“It is almost inconceivable that our leaders would destroy a national resource of culture, education and enlightenment. At a cost of $1 per capita, we enjoy the riches of non-commercial, quality programming.”

CAAM Executive Director Eddie Wong
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A Media Fund for film makers launches with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


A True (Love) Story.

Festival director Paul Mayeda Berges meets Opening film director, Gurinder Chadha – they fall in love, marry, and make films together.


NAATA-produced a.k.a. Don Bonus airs on P.O.V. and wins an Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary.


Home at Last: Ninth Street Independent Film Centers opens

Home at Last: Ninth Street Independent Film Centers opens


NAATA evolves into The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)



Remembering a Pioneer: Loni Ding’s legacy of excellence to continue

Loni Ding, key to CAAM’s founding, passes away. CAAM establishes the Loni Ding Award for Social Issue Documentary, recognizing emerging filmmakers with a passion and talent for bringing stories to light.


SFIAAFF evolves into CAAMFest: Film, Music, Food


“Asian Americans”, a milestone five-part program, co-produced by CAAM and WETA, broadcasts on PBS