API Summit 2023 Speakers

Stephen Gong

Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a public media and cultural non-profit organization located in San Francisco. Stephen has served as CAAM’s Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute.

He has also been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong).He is the Board Chair of the Chinatown Media and Arts Collaborative; Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies; Board member of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.

About CAAM
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
Founded in a time of significant social, political, and cultural change in 1980, our aim then was to create media that reflected the histories and experiences of Asian Americans, which otherwise consisted of ugly and simplistic stereotypes. Continuing in that work, CAAM’s 41-year legacy is built on impactful storytelling, community connections, and a mission to promote authentic representation of Asian Americans in public media and beyond.