Greater Than A Pandemic - Hope, Passion & Community | Em Collectve
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Greater Than A Pandemic - Hope, Passion & Community | Em Collectve

Em Collective presents our submission to the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Fest, titled "Greater Than A Pandemic - Hope, Passion & Community". When our hearts are away from each other for too long, fear and anxiety set in. Fear and anxiety become a placeholder for our true selves. With the rise of Covid-19, we have seen countries, schools, and businesses come to a screeching halt. The economic and health breakdown has left much of the country asking what is next? The inaction and actions that were taken by those we trust only revealed the capacity of humanity are like at our worst and our best. And with that, we are forced to come face to face with a few important truths about ourselves. In a country that measures success by the metrics of GDP and economic gains, we are taught to value human lives as contributions to dollar signs. In a combination of the shelter in place orders, we have further pushed away and into isolation. When we are pushed to isolation and the only measurement of success is in the forms of economics, we are no longer human beings, but rather humans doing what they are told and putting a price on our worth as if we could easily be sold. However what lies beyond these challenges are our real strengths and those strengths lie in the ability to create hope, act out of compassion, and come together through our most difficult times. People in our communities will always have the freedom to choose to stay in despair or choose hope, compassion, and community. In our community, we have leaders who have chosen the latter. The fear of being infected with Covid-19 falls second to preparation and courage to see each other as humans in need. There have been stories of those who chose to collect and deliver donations to the most vulnerable, underserved, and even marginalized. When our community realized where authority has failed, they chose to serve with the resources and resourcefulness they possessed. They created personal protective equipment for our healthcare workers. It is hope and compassion that allows us to come together as a community. There have been a lot of reasons why we should have succumbed to the worst parts of our humanity, but despite all of this, we have seen our community reach out to each other’s hearts. Even in periods of mandated isolation, we still found a way to reach the better parts of humanity: hope, compassion, and community. Still haven't subscribed to EM Collective on YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy5O... Give us a follow: ● Instagram: @emcollectve ● Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emcollectve/ Greater Than A Pandemic | Em Collectve
Oh Man! Clothing with Nam Ho | Short Stories | EM Collective
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Oh Man! Clothing with Nam Ho | Short Stories | EM Collective

Nam Ho is a designer, entrepreneur, and musician. In 2009, he started Oh Man! Clothing as a way to bring more representation to Asian Americans in the fashion industry—something he felt was lacking at the time. Additionally, he wanted to show his community that it was possible to break away from the cultural expectations of becoming a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. Oh Man!, which is his name spelled backward, is a reflection of his life experiences and the affirmations learned that he hopes will help guide others along their journey. In addition to his own brand, he has also designed for the likes of Pacsun, Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, Been Trill, LRG, Mitchell & Ness, and Cookies SF. Since then, Nam has started his journey as a musician and DJ going by the alias OHMS a.k.a. Oh Man! Sound. His goal is to inspire others to pursue the path that makes them happy, and also show that it is always possible to follow more than one path at the same time. “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Minimum work, maximum fun.” - Nam Ho Website: http://www.ohmanclothing.com Instagram: @ohmanclothing | @ohmansound Film Producer: @knockhanh on Instagram Video Editor: @irenaamartinez on Instagram Still haven't subscribed to EM Collective on YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy5O... Give us a follow: ● Instagram: @emcollectve ● Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emcollectve/ Oh Man! Clothing with Nam Ho | Short Stories | EM Collective
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