About Us

The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) is an organization that celebrates emerging Asian American creative talent. We accomplish this by hosting various events including the annual Asian American Showcase in Chicago, and supporting artists in building a grassroots audience for their work.

Why we’re here

Even today there is a lack of Asian American visibility in media and the arts. What we see all too often in mainstream media are superficial depictions and outdated stereotypes of Asian Americans. At the same time, Asian American artists often struggle to access the necessary resources to produce their work and share it with a broad audience. This uneven playing field isn’t just a disservice to a culture – it prevents a fuller expression of the American story .

FAAIM's Mission:

Educate communities. Asian American and mainstream, local and national about Asian American history and issues.

Introduce Asian American perspectives into the ongoing self-definition of our multicultural society in the United States.

Foster understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region.

Sustain growth and encourage excellence in Asian American culture.

FAAIM was born in 1995 to bring the rich, diverse voices of Asian American independent filmmakers and visual artists to the public. Building on strong relationships with the arts community and leading Chicago cultural institutions, we’ve educated, shared and entertained for over 25 years. And, we invite you to be a part of it.

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