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On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) presented the sixth episode of its ongoing monthly ConFest Virtual Series, “Where We’re At: COVID-19 and the Community,” on Monday, January 11th, 2021 at 1PM HST, 2PM AKST, 3PM PST, 4PM MST, 5PM CST, and 6PM EST. The episode was hosted by kt shorb (Generic Ensemble Company, Producing Artistic Director) and will identify some of the challenges Asian American/Pacific Islander theaters are facing during a period defined by the COVID-19 global pandemic, racism against the Black, Brown, and Asian communities, and extreme economic upheaval in the arts sector. The episode featured regional reports by Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) (New York, NY) member theater companies, including Generic Ensemble Company (Austin, TX), Hana Keaka (Honolulu, HI), Leviathan Lab (New York, NY), Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, MN), Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, AK), TeAda Productions (Los Angeles, CA). The episode will be broadcast on Howlround and on CAATA’s Facebook page. The online event included a brief history detailing the racialization of disease against AAPI communities from Generic Ensemble Company Producing Artistic Director kt shorb; nationwide updates on the current status and possible future of Asylum seekers from TeAda Productions Founding Artistic Director Leilani Chan; and a special presentation from Perseverance Theatre Board President Joe Bedard. Additionally, Leviathan Lab Founding and Executive Director Ariel Estrada, Pangea World Theater Co-Artistic and Executive Director Meena Natarjan; and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Associate Professor Hailiopua Baker, and CAATA ConFest Local Coordinator Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka will report on how their regional artistic communities are responding to the pandemic, as well as numerous other concurrent and equally urgent global and national crises, including the protests for racial justice, global warming, the rise in economic inequality, and more. “Where We’re At: Community and COVID,” was the sixth episode of CAATA ConFest’s Virtual Series exploring the theme of the upcoming 7th Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest) “Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua – Return to the Source” in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi from May 20-29, 2022. The in-person ConFest will center the voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander theater practitioners, and feature the thriving theater community of Hawaiʻi, where Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander faces on stage are the norm, not the exception. “Ku‘u ‘Āina, Ku‘u Piko, Ku‘u Kahua – Return to the Source” is a call to all theatre artists to reconnect with their foundations and their sources of knowledge: their land, their family, their center. The online series and its presentation of the wide diaspora of Pan-Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle East North African, and Native & Indigenous American stories will be a vehicle through which both the audience and artists can ground themselves in their cultural knowledge and the many identities that we bring to our communities.