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Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

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This is a special post written by Charles Warren, Curriculum Developer at Triangle. Charlie is also a member of Triangle’s Racial Equity Committee. As part of our commitment to the work of our Racial Equity Committee, we will be sharing more information with you on subjects related to racial equity and disability justice. This post continues our series dedicated to calling attention to the contributions of people with disabilities to American history.

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month? This month, Triangle’s Racial Equity Committee (REC) is celebrating Haitian Americans who are focused on increasing awareness and empowerment for people with disabilities. The REC’s posts strive to honor intersectionality and highlight people of color with disabilities whose lives cross over multiple identities and issues ALL at the same time.

Asha Chai-Chang

Asha Chai-Chang sits smiling in front of a tan background. She is a black woman with curly black hair, wearing a yellow shirt and lavender jacket.

Asha Chai-Chang is an award-winning writer and director. Chai-Chang’s work addresses disability and diversity representation in the entertainment industry. She is the co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival Unstoppable Program.  Slamdance is a film festival for independent artists that is both Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying and focused on recognizing and launching careers. The Slamdance Unstoppable is a showcase of work made by filmmakers with disabilities that offers young filmmakers belonging to marginalized communities access to attention from the film community and content creation companies such as Hulu, IndieWire, Screen Daily, Black Magic Design, and Forbes. Chai-Chang is a Jewish, Afro-Latina, Caribbean Asian, and creates family-friendly content.  She has performed opera in Yiddish and Hebrew at the Kennedy Center and White House.  She is an Emmy-nominated producer, member of the Alliance of Women Directors, and a RespectAbility Entertainment Lab Alum.  Chai-Chang has directed 5 short films since 2016, the most recent of which was released in 2023, and is currently involved in production on two upcoming projects.

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