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hello and welcome to "asia-pacific america." i'm robert handa. our first show on a new temporary set as nbc bay area revamps the studio. a different look for a little while. no change in the quality of our guests and topics, as you'll see. first up, the water mark conference is coming soon. a conference formed by a community of executive women in the bay area with a mission to increase representation of women at executive levels. and the girls impact the world film festival. what began as a forum of young film makers has grown into an
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online platform for social changes. a segment on the "asian pacific america" film festival, and what we can expect at this year's event. and one day somebody will probably do a film about anton. one of 12 to earn perfect score in calculus. the water mark conference for women silicon valley coming up on april 21st is a great example of women leaders reaching out to women become leaders. actress, producer, and director min mindy kahling. and joining her as a keynote speaker is abby wambach.
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one of time magazine's 100 most influential people. along with those, other notable women business leaders will head up workshops and discussions. two are with us today. joining me is a business consultant for the tried a consultant group and a panel list for the power group. also with is us julia, cofounder and ceo of a maker 2015 top ten apple app who will also be on a panel. what's behind the buzz putting cellular to work. welcome. >> thank you. >> give us a quick overview in terms of what the conference is about and why you decided to get involved. >> it's an opportunity for women to come together and share ideas. so someone who works day-to-day helping leaders, teams, and organizations have conversations more constructively. for us it's an opportunity to share the perspectives on how we can be effective leaders and how in term was influential power we
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can bring that to play. >> what about for you? what do you feel like you're going to bring to this conference and what do you want to convey? >> particularly being asian-american that we have a voice to bring into the mix as well. and whatever your area of expertise, that is what we bring and contribute to the community. >> yes. that communication is important. give me an idea why you got involved. >> sure. so i started a start up called lark about five years ago. it's in mobile health. it's really a friendly coach/, you know, cheerleader for your health. and it's really hard to do start up. and especially as an asian woman. i found that it's much harder to really bring those leadership
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that is so much like, you know, a mark zuckerberg type leadership. so i wanted to share that it's okay to have a different style of leadership in silicon valley. it's okay to have, you know, your asian culture inspire your type of leadership. and so at this conference, i wanted to share with other women that it's okay to talk about failure. it's okay to fail and fail forward and learn and just to have fun and meet more women. >> are you seeing young asian-american and pacific islander women trying to get in business and achieve that level? >> you know, i'm particularly encouraged to be back in the bay area after many years on the east coast. but i have to say, most instances i'm walking into the room and i am the only woman, the only asian, and maybe a generation younger than the bulk of people i'm working with. and so part of, i imagine, our collective interest is saying we've had the opportunity to learn.
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we've had the opportunity to fail. and here is where we are now and hopefully inspire other asian women to step forward and keep moving forward. >> it's not just about diversity. diversity is an important thing but we're talking about companies can benefit from this. >> absolutely. i think that the companies that are most successful are extremely multidisciplinary. people who bring extremely different diverse perspectives and can solve problems that people who are extreme specialists have not been able to see before. and so i think that, you know, having women, having older and younger people, having people who are introverts and extroverts, really, different types of people can solve a problem in creative ways. >> how do people -- how do young women get involved? how do they enter water mark in how do they enter the conference? what are the first steps they
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should take? >> there's a website. water mark conference for women that provides the schedule and an opportunity to see what speakers are available. that would be a great place to start to find out more. >> of course, we're talking about the fact it's sometimes hard for somebody to think of themselves that way if they haven't thought of themselves that way before. what would you encourage young women to think about when they hear about this and at first may not think it relates to them? >> that's a great question. i think girls should just try different things that really excite them. and for me, when i was young, i really tried all sorts of different things. my parents took me to art, you know, violin or piano, and i did a lot of science. and trying out different things really helps you learn what you like and don't like. >> yeah. taking that first step is crucial. >> yeah. >> thank you very much for being here. thank you for what you're doing for young women.
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>> thank you. >> the water mark conference for women silicon valley is taking place april 21st. we wanted to profile this event early to give people time to register and join for more details to go nbcbayarea.com. more girl power is coming up, as my daughter would say.
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♪ they're all revved up and ready to go ♪ i haven't heard too many titles as girls impact the world film festival. joining us is the director for girl's impact the world festival and cofounder of the girl's impact the world film festival. can you tell i love saying the name? thank you very much for being here. >> thank you. >> give us an idea, you started this festival. why did you start it and how has it evolved to what it is now? >> it was founded four years
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ago. i got involved because i knew that women were under represented in the media in a substantial way, not just women film maker or actresses but stories about women. and so being a student myself at the time it was important to me to give young film makers, students, particularly, male and female a platform to share stories about women we felt were worth telling. >> give us an idea what the attitude is the way you deal with the final makers here and giving them the chance to do that. >> one thing that is amazing about girls impact the world is we advocate for the issues. most importantly we're not here to be the voice for these film makers. we're here to provide them a platform for them to share their own experiences themselves. that's a great platform. >> we have one of the voices to listen to now an award-winning film clip on sex traffic in the bay area. let's watch this and talk more about the festival.
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>> the history of slavery in world isn't over. prostitution, the world's oldest profession, is actually a horrific trade of human flesh. over 80% of victims are women. and most of them are children. most people only think this is happening in asia in countries but in reality it's being trafficked in sex slavery here in the u.s. as well. >> it's a complex topic. it makes a difference. it's a woman an asian-american woman delivering it. >> definitely. it's importantly it's here in our backyard, too. >> yeah. you were talking about launching call for entries. what are you looking for? does it represent about the vision you're looking for? >> absolutely. we're looking for films about women's issues that range from a spectrum of beauty to economic empowerment. i think that makes the international call for entries
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more important. we do around the world. >> how about hearing and topics like that, are women film makers addressing that already or does a festival like this encourage them to do that? >> i think it encourages. what is great about the film festival we're targeting high school and undergraduate college students. they have a story to share. they're there in their on communities. it encourages them. we don't care about production quality. that's not the main aspect. it's about the story and how you can share your own experiences. >> you touched on that. i'm sure it's something you thought of. the advice you would give people who want to be film makers maybe the idea of being a film maker seems like maybe unattainable. >> i think probably the most important aspect i've seen in film makers in the creation process is conviction. the story you're telling and the audience you're sharing with that the message important, that
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will come through in the film and when you're producing it. >> when you see the films, does it give you quite an uplifting feeling? >> definitely. i found out about the film festival respondent usely. it just happened we walked into the random event. didn't know anything about it prior to that. fell in love with the films and i had to contact her to get involved. i'm from san francisco but i would love to bring it over here and help these guys have outreach in the west coast. >> what do you want to make sure that young aspiring film makers or people thinking about it now what do you want to make sure they know and understand so they can be a part of this. >> know your voice, even though these film makers are younger, your voice is just as legitimate. there are people and audiences that will watch your stories. >> thank you for being here. thank you for offering that kind of forum for young film makers. >> thank you. again, this is early call for entries for the 2017 girls impact the world film festival. the deadline is january 20th,
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2017. for more information go to nbcbayarea.com. and coming up, another important film festival that is coming up much sooner. the seventh asian pacific american film festival. that's next. stay with us.
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now if you thought i like the title of the previous film festival we talked about, you can imagine how excited we are hear about the asian pacific film festival starting at april 29th. with us is the director and ajunket professor and the associate film festival director and the coordinator of the program at the college which facilitates access to higher learner, especially for pacific islander students. welcome. >> thank you. >> this is the seventh annual festival. give us an idea how it started
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and how it's grown. >> it's our seventh year, and it has grown. by student population a bunch and getting more people from the community to come in. it is getting more attendance. more people coming in. >> what was the size of the very first festival? was it small? >> it was maybe total for a hundred. >> how many films? about four films. >> really. how about now? >> we're still showing not as many films, still, only because of we also add in live entertainment, too. it's part of the culture. >> yes. cultural presentation. we have a trailer for one of the featured film s about an orego
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player. >> a program based on the universal language of music. it's our pleasure to introduce to you -- >> i know many of our viewers would like to know some of your background. why don't we start with a very elementary thing. where were you born? >> new delhi, india. and started performing -- >> when i was watching this clip earlier i was surprised. i didn't expect the what the film was about. give us the idea what is interesting in terms of somebody that is probably a very much figure in the artistic world for that community. >> right. >> not many other people have seen it. >> it's an interesting character. he is somebody that does the exotic type of music but basically on an organ and did it in the early days of television.
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>> with a real artistic flair. >> yeah. he looks like he's supposed to be from south asia, but then he was light skinned african-american from missouri. >> i know. it was amazing. >> giveus an idea about the program and tell us a little bit in terms of how important this kind of film festival is for the community. >> sure. it helps support the pacific islander community at the college of san matteo. there's a lack of numbers for those students a the higher education level. it's something that can help push them to transfer out. the film festival is a perfect way for the students to get connected to the community, get connected to the asian-american community, and sort of broaden their mind set of where they can go with an education.
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all right. >> probably something you want to accomplish with this. >> definitely. not only do we want to showcase film makers and their films but bring people out in the community just to know that people of color, asian pacific americans are in the media profession. you know, and specifically film makers. >> yes. it's important for them to see that part of it. >> that's correct. >> do you feel like there is a growing appreciation amongst the community for it? >> definitely. the program has about 60 students than are excited for the festival. especially the seventh year we've been putting this together. >> congratulations on that. we love the title. well, the seventh annual asian pacific american film festival will take place starting on april 29th and running through the 30th. as always, you can find out more at nbcbayarea.com.
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as i said before, someone who probably should make a movie or a film about our next guest. he's one of only a dozen people in the world to get a perfect ap calculus score. see and learn more from him next.
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we're amazed when some person takes on something that many feel is difficult. it's that way with our next guest in the world of math. joining us is a student from evergreen valley student in san jose. as u mentioned earlier only a dozens people in the world to earn a perfect advanced placement calculus score and took the s.a.t. as a sophomore and earned a perfect score. and with us is the principal. thank you for being here. you had a perfect score. >> yeah. >> would you have been disappointed if you missed one or two? >> i was shocked when i found
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out. because math is my favorite subject but it's difficult not to make any mistakes. >> did you guess on any of them or feel like you kwthe answers? >> i felt like i knew the answers but i definitely checked my work. >> how did you prepare? >> my ap teacher gave us a lot of good practice problems. outside of her class, really, i didn't really do anything extra to prepare for the test. >> did you study a lot or does it come more naturally? >> i feel like when i was younger, for example, in middle school i did a lot of math contests and that, like, doing math outside of school showed me a different aspect of the subject and so i think that helped me during high school be more interested in doing math and grasping it quicker. >> yeah. in fact, i was reading online programs and things like that help somebody like you because you can keep going at the pace you want to go, am i right? >> yeah. >> for a lot of students maybe
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not quite as gifted but certainly as enthusiastic and have ability, they probably want to pursue in that area as well. what do schools try to offer students now? what do they try to do for students that want to pursue that direction? >> that's a good question. i think there's a lot of different avenues that take students where they want to go and most important thing in my mind is each student pursue their passion. we offer about everything you can think of. a full set of physics classes, which anton has completed two of the three. all three at the collegiate level. we offer a full set of mathematics courses including statistics. we offer the stem side of things, too, what anton is talking about or done so well. he probably should differentiate the test he took. there's two. that might be something he might throw in here, too. >> we'll talk about that. you talked about something that was interesting, which is this is a passion for him. it's not like somebody who is being forced to do something or
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just because he has a gift he has to do it. give us an idea what you want to make sure that people take away from watching and hearing about his story. >> that's a good point. i think it's important for high school students to pursue their passion. students who are pushed into areas they don't necessarily like, but are good at. he might be exceptional in english. it's not his passion. then he they start to not like school. i think the most important thing is enjoy what you're doing, find your groove, if you will, that's what you're going to do for a profession. and that's where you're going to find happiness in life. we're about kids finding their happiness. >> that's right. even if you have the passion, even if you don't maybe have the skill that he does, doesn't mean you can't pursue it. >> that's correct. there are students who have passion and skill in all content areas we need every student. >> what are some of the things you do to keep yourself balanced? what kind of activities? >> i like to play badminton and watch movies, for example,
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"silence of the lambs" and i like to play video games. >> do you have that feeling of wanting to be a well-rounded person. even if you have a superlative skill in one area? do you have that feeling? >> definitely. colleges mention how they want their students to be well rounded and have experience in a lot of different things. and that's something i've been pushing myself to do weas well. >> how do you plan to apply your skill and what do you want to do? >> currently, i'm planning to study computer science in college and going to the software engineer industry but i'm keeping my options open. in college i plan to explore a bunch of different things to see what i like. >> that's great. keep on doing that. follow your passion. if you're scoring perfect in everything, what does it matter? congratulations. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> that's it for our show today. you can get more information on
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