From The VC Vault blog launched!

Last week, we launched the Visual Communications Archives blog, called “From The VC Vault,” online! Our first post is a fun and interesting topic concerning the latest hairstyle: bangs! Helen, the Preservation Manager, came up with the idea of bangs because we have tons of photos from the 60’s featuring people with interesting fringes. Plus, everyone on the red carpet has been posing with bangs. I poured over through our collection and found some awesome photos of various bangs throughout the decades. It was also my responsibility to write the blog post and set it up online, so check it out here!

The launch has been really exciting because one of our major goals is to spread the word that Visual Communications does have an Archive, filled with great media resources for Asian Americans. This includes photographs ranging from historical photos of Japanese Internment Camps to pictures of everyday Asian American life in the 60’s. We also have a media library that includes films made and/or collaborated with VC and the winning films in every annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The Archives at Visual Communications has been so little known over the course of the organization’s history that implementing an online presence was crucial in advertising our resources to the public community. Creating a blog was a great idea because it not only allowed for us to have a “location” online where everybody can visit us, but it also gave us the perfect opportunity to prominently showcase our photographic collection! Every week, we’ll be putting a new blog post filled with interesting photos to help promote a intercultural understanding of Asian Americans.

Here’s a little peek:


Visual Communications Archives Internship

Working at Visual Communications has so far been a rewarding and exciting experience. As the Preservation Intern, my responsibilities include scanning negatives of various photographic collections that VC owns, creating an online blog showcasing our inventory and assisting the Preservation Manager in any long term projects.

Aside from all my preservation and archival duties, I have also been working on branding Visual Communications’ annual C3 conference, or also known as C3: The Conference for Creative Content. This yearly conference invites all Asian American media and content makers to discuss and share the impact of social media such as YouTube, and what it can do for the Asian American community.

I have also had the opportunity to bond with my fellow Interns in a couple of major, summer-long projects. Shinae, our Executive Director tasked the interns with creating a Kanzari, a traditional Japanese ball and streamer decoration for the Tanabata Festival to be held in early August. Currently, we’re making tons of flowers to glue to the ball, and we’re trying to illustrate a Koi fish on the streamers! We are also working on a short 5 minute video series where the interns get to interview major Asian American community leaders or prominent Asian American media makers, like Wong Fu Productions. We are hoping that this series will be something that future generations of Interns at Visual Communications will pursue and continue the project as a legacy.

I am super excited for all my projects, and this blog will be filled with posts about my daily life and projects while at Visual Communications.