Angry Reader of the Week: Jun Stinson

"Listen to your elders and record their stories. Life's too short not to."

Hello, good readers of this website. It is time again to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jun Stinson.

Who are you?

I'm Jun Stinson.

What are you?

Japanese and German-Scots-Irish-American. I'm a documentary film director, producer, journalist and momma.

Where are you?

Oakland, California -- one of my favorite Towns in the world.

Where are you from?

I rep Oakland and Kobe, Japan. I was born in Oakland and raised most of my childhood here. I moved to Japan when I was in middle school and graduated from high school there. I then hopped around and lived in northern Illinois, Southern California and Cork, Ireland, before moving to Japan again, and then back to beautiful Oakland.

What do you do?

I'm a producer at AJ+ where I make short documentaries for the series Untold America -- about underrepresented communities in the U.S. I’m also an independent documentary filmmaker and recently released the film Futbolistas 4 Life -- about Oakland youth from undocumented families and the power of soccer in their lives. It was edited by Emmy award winning Jean Kawahara and features an original score by grammy award winning Adrian Quesada and music by the amazing East LA band Las Cafeteras. It recently played at SFFILM and will soon play at CAAMFest!

What are you all about?

Spending time in the community, hearing about what's on people's minds, and asking questions.

I'm interested in stories about diasporas, immigration and transnational identity. I've also had a tendency to gravitate toward stories about fĂștbol and the sports' influence on society.

What makes you angry?

The lack of diversity in newsrooms and the doc industry. Diverse newsrooms and storytellers have a significant impact on not only what stories are being told, but how they're being told and who’s consuming them.

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