Valerie Mih

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Valerie Mih

Valerie Mih is an animated filmmaker with a wide range of both studio and independent production experience. Commercially, she has animated for Pixar Animation Studios ("Toy Story II," "Geri’s Game," "A Bug’s Life"), Lucas Learning Limited ("Star Wars Math"), WildBrain (Hershey’s Kisses commercials) and game companies (Electronic Arts, Rockstar San Diego).

She has independently produced/directed animated shorts for PBS and the festival circuit ("Paper Peace," "Harmonize," "The Pet’s Zone"), as well as a half-hour animated physics documentary ("EINSTEIN," awarded best animation at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology). Her company, See Here Studios, has published several interactive iOS children's book apps. A multidisciplinary artist, she often composes the music and lyrics for her independent productions. Her current project is developing, writing and songwriting for the animated preschool series "Treetop Family," which has been viewed over 10 million times on Youtube's Super Simple Songs channel.

Valerie has received funding support from the Silicon Valley Arts Council, CPB/PBS Producers Academy, Center for Asian American Media and the Independent Television Service. She holds an M.F.A. in animation from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where her student film "PETS" was awarded a student Emmy, and a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University. A committed educator, she has taught animated production at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over fifteen years.[1]

AASA member

In 1990 Valerie Mih Asian American Student Alliance (now the Asian American Student Association).[2]

Indignation at LRS attack

WE, AS STAFF PERSONS of color at The Stanford Daily, strongly condemn The Daily’s treatment of the May 18 article on the poster attacking Gordon Chang. We also condemn the sidebar article on the League of Revolutionary Struggle – which we feel was irresponsibly reported – and the nature of the subsequent coverage...

Moreover, the allegations are a direct attack on the self-determination of students of color, on the integrity of student of color groups and on the more than 20-year legacy of struggle, sacrifice and positive change that students of color have built on this campus.

The May 18 article offered no objective information about student of color groups, the United Farm Workers, Amiri Baraka or any other of the supposed League affiliates listed. As a matter of fact, in a journalistic style we have never seen before at The Daily, the article offered not a single named source for its allegations.

Furthermore, The Daily’s May 22 editorial was painfully hypocritical. On the one hand, the editorial criticized and condemned the “McCarthy-esque” poster. On the other hand, The Daily reprinted the flyer in full, advertising the slander to the community.

We feel The Daily’s article on the flyer actually supported the flyer by misrepresenting the Asian-American studies campaign, saying that “several student organizations worked last year to gain a tenure-track professorship for Chang .. although the campaign never called for the hiring of a particular individual. And The Daily legitimized the flyer’s racist and McCarthyistic accusations with the sidebar, twice as long as the actual flyer article, about “a highly secretive nationwide organization ... that focuses on people of color groups for its mass support,” and other allegations which we feel were inflammatory and under-lyingly racist. These Daily articles were themselves McCarthyistic...

We, as a group, have discussed possible paths of action, including mass resignation as a form of protest. Many of us no longer want to be associated with a paper like The Daily. However, we realize that it is important that we stay at The Daily and fight to make The Daily reflective of all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We hope that one day students of color will be more than tokens at The Daily.

LRS controversy

Stanford Daily editors met 22 May 1990 with more than 70 members of campus groups to discuss Friday's coverage of two related articles about the League of Revolutionary Struggle. Members of the Asian American Student Association, ASSU Committee on Democracy in Education, Black Student Union, MEChA, Stanford Central American Action Network, Stanford American Indian Organization and others expressed discontent with The Daily's coverage at the tense 40-minute meeting. Editor in Chief John Wagner told the audience, "It is a learning process for us to listen to your ideas. . . . We are interested in what you have to say." Sunday, AASA members requested a meeting with Daily editors, and Wagner agreed. One article centered on an anonymous poster distributed around campus Thursday. The flier accused Gordon Chang, who is considering coining to Stanford as a tenured professor in Asian American studies, of being a leader of the League

Judy Wu, an AASA officer, drew loud applause when she said, "I for one have fought for Asian American studies because I believe in it. I was not duped and I don't think anyone else was." Senior Steven Levitsky of Stanford Central American Action Network said the juxtaposition of the two stories "legitimizes the message of the flier."

"All year long students of color have been under attack on this campus, and it is really paralyzing our communities," said Ana Mata, co-chair of MEChA. "Any relations that The Daily had with MEChA are ruined" because of the innuendo in the article, she said. Masao Suzuki, a graduate student in economics, asked heatedly near the end of the meeting, "Does The Daily know about the type of McCarthyism that went on in the 1950s?" Valerie Mih, an AASA officer and an at-large member of The Daily's editorial board, said, "The Daily has to do more than give a meeting. ... A correction should be given the same exposure as original misinformation."[4]

"Justice and Hope"

Steven Phillips wrote Justice and Hope: Past Reflections and Future Visions of the Stanford Black Student Union 1967-1989, in 1990.

Writing Justice and Hope has been a humbling and daunting exercise. Many, many people helped, and this is indeed a collective work. I am grateful to the many Black faculty and staff members who provided valuable advice, support and direction: James L. Gibbs, St. Clair Drake, Kennell Jackson, Clayborne Carson, Keith Archuleta, Michael Jackson, Michael Britt, Dandre Desandies, Hank Organ, and Rachel Bagby.
I also made extensive use of the Stanford Libraries. At the various stages of production, a whole host of peeple contributed. I hope I don't leave anybody out, but here goes. My thanks go out to the following people: Lisa Fitts, Audrey Jawando, Bacardi Jackson, and Drew Dixon helped give shape to Justice and Hope when it was still a vague and unformed idea. Toni Long demonstrated for me the true power of PageMaker. David Porter clarified important facts and provided historical information. Frederick Sparks helped with fundraising and monitoring the budget. Lyzettc Settle added critical comments and an extremely thorough and detailed revision of the text. Danzy Senna, Joy St. John, Stacey Leyton, Raoul Mowatt, Valerie Mih, Hillary Skillings, Judy Wu, Quynh Tran, and Cheryl Taylor meticulously proofread the final drafts. Elsa Tsutaoka gave advice on design, layout and cutting photos. MEChA loaned us its layout equipment The staff in the ASSU Business Office always cheerfully facilitated financial transactions and questions.[5]

Canvassing with comrades


Steve Phillips 1990 near San Francisco, CA. ·

TOO GOOD TO HOLD UNTIL THURSDAY!!! #throwbackmonday #1990precinctwalking #mabeltengforcommunitycollegeboard #califstudentsforjessejacksontshirt! #thosewerethedays — with Elsa Tsutaoka, Derek Miyahara and Valerie Mih.

Anti-Gulf War resolution

For weeks, student leaders have been debating whether the ASSU Senate should have the right to pass a bill opposing U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf. Now, on a Bay Area visit, the board of the United States Student Association — an organization of student governments to which the ASSU belongs — has passed a resolution even stronger than the Nov. 14 ASSU bill opposing an unprovoked non-U. N.sponsored Gulf military offensive. Meeting in San Francisco for their quarterly board meeting, the association voted 19-8 Saturday night to "condemn the actions of the United States government." According to George McKinney, one of three Stanford students who attended the meeting, the resolution took a "student's perspective" on Persian Gulfpolicy.

McKinney, a sophomore who recently resigned as deputy chair of the ASSU Senate, said the bill mentioned the fact that students are already serving in the Gulf, that the expected loss of life in a war is greater than that of the Vietnam War and that money for education is constantly being cut. The resolution goes on to denounce the U.S. government "for its offensive position" and to demand that "President Bush reconsider his stance on this most explosive issue." The bill also decries the letter Bush wrote last week to college students asking for their support. The President's letter ran Friday in The Daily. Finally, the bill condemns "the use of the draft, which overwhelmingly negatively impacts upon lower economic classes." According to Valerie Mih, a junior who attended the meeting as an observer, the board was unanimously opposed to a Gulf war. "I think that everyone wanted to pass a resolution," she said. "I don't think anyone was in favor of war."

Along with McKinney and Valerie Mih, ASSU senator Naomi Onaga, a senior, attended the meeting and joined McKinney in voting for the resolution.[6]


  1. [1]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 198, Issue 19, 18 October 1990]
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 64, 24 May 1990]
  4. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 62, 22 May 1990 ]
  5. [2]
  6. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 198, Issue 55, 14 January 1991]