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Asian American History 101

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Jul 18, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 36! Kiyoka “Kex” Rhodes is an award-winning filmmaker who expresses her storytelling through writing, producing, and directing. She leverages her creativity by trying to increase more representative stories and opportunities. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Kex Studios, a full-service production company that specializes in film and video, branded content, and graphic design. We’re so excited for her latest project, Desolate Dreams, a story set in 1942 about an African American journalist who advocates for justice alongside a Japanese American family forced into prison camps. In our conversation, she shares a little about how she was inspired to be a filmmaker, the challenges for women of color in the industry, and her latest project Desolate Dreams. We close out this episode with a short segment on the origin of the California roll. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:25 Introduction
  • 01:41 A Conversation with Kiyoka Rhodes
  • 17:49 The Origin of the California Roll