Chinese Americans

The Movies, Race, Ethnicity (for cinema works by Asian American filmmakers or films with images of Asian Americans
People of Mixed Race - Interracial Marriage/Dating
China, Japan, Korea, & Pacific Islands

Agent Yellow: Not a Chinaman's Chance
This film focuses on the ambiguous role forced upon Chinese scientists and engineers who have contributed significantly to American military research while still remaining largely invisible, except when singled out for disloyalty, as in the recent case of Wen Ho Lee, or the 1950's McCarthy Era case of Hsue-Shen Tsien. It explores the pervasive American perception of China in either/or terms: either a sinister threat or a potential partner, and explores how these attitudes have led to a wariness about Chinese involvement in U.S. military technology. Produced and directed by Christine Choy. 2006. 27 min. DVD 6519

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Alleged Espionage at National Laboratories.
U.S. Dept. of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson discusses the allegations of Chinese espionage at U.S. nuclear laboratories. He focuses on the dismissal of an employee at the Los Alamos lab due to security breaches potentially compromising nuclear weapons codes and stresses that this dismissal would not affect any other Asian-American employees in the lab. After his prepared remarks he took questions from the audience. Recorded 4/30/99 in New York City. 45 min. Video/C 6931

American Chinatown.
Focuses on the last rural Chinatown in the U.S., Locke, California. Documents the struggle between preservationists and developers. 30 min. Video/C 432

The American Tapestry: Searching for the American Dream
Gregory Nava's trenchant but human examination of the American migration experience. In this documentary the much celebrated Hispanic filmmaker ("El Norte", "Mi Familia", "Selena", etc.) explores the very personal accounts of five American families from a variety of enthnic and racial backgrounds. An elderly Polish Jew relates his arrival at Ellis Island as a seven year-old boy in the 1920's. A Chinese-born grandmother from Oakland, California recalls her own childhood arrival on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay in the early 1930's. Unlike the Ellis Island experience, which was a happy and welcoming one, her arrival thrust her into an atmosphere charged with racial tension, discrimination and hostility. An African-American woman, the daughter of a slave, describes her childhood on a sharecropper's farm in Alabama and her eventual migration to Chicago. In the film's most emotionally powerful moment, he follows a young Mexican woman as she risks her life clandestinely crossing the border into the U.S. Directed by Gregory Nava. 1999. 96 min. Video/C MM1281

Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West, an American Story.
A film by Loni Ding. Chronicles the arrival of the Chinese during the 1850s to 1880s in California during the Gold Rush period and their subsequent settlement in the Western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. Includes the history of their labor, community building and activism for justice and equality in the courts of mid-19th century America. 1998. 60 min. DVD X2990; Video/C 5573

Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers
A film by Loni Ding. The untold story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean. 2001. 64 min. DVD X2989; Video/C 9659

Liu, Haiming. "[Film Review: Loni Ding's Ancestors In the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers]". Amerasia Journal 2000-01 26(3): 200-203.

Another America.
Both the riots in Los Angeles and the murder of an uncle at his store in Detroit forced the filmmaker to start a personal investigation to examine the relationships between the Korean-American and Afro-American communities. Through his camera and many personal interviews, Cho reveals a rarely seen portrait of life in the inner city and takes a hard look at his own uncle's murder, telling how this crime affected not only his family, but the entire city. 56 min. Video/C 4495

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Becoming American
Dist.: Films Media Group. c2003. 85 min. each installment

Gold mountain Dreams. In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this program traces the history and experiences of Chinese in the U.S., from the Gold Rush in California and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act which barred their entry into the country. DVD 1887
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Between Two Worlds. In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this program begins with a description of the early 1880s when a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment swept across America, abetted by the Chinese Exclusion Act. Families were kept apart by both ancient custom and U.S. law. These immigrants were trapped between countries, at home neither in the U.S. nor in China. The law of the land, which separated these families, also provided relief as Chinese Americans turned to the courts for justice. Presents Chinese Americans contributions during World War II, and describes their struggles to prove their value both in war time and after returning home. DVD 1888
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No Turning Back. In interviews with historians, descendants, and recent immigrants, this program begins with the new immigration laws of 1965, which was a turning point for the Chinese in America and allowed a new wave of immigrants to enter the country. Provides information about discrimination against Chinese immigrants. Presents intimate portraits of the new Chinese Americans who face a struggle common to many immigrants: to reconcile some losses of their old culture in order to embrace their adopted American one. DVD 1889
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Black Sheep/ New Year.
Two short films recording the author's memories of family members and personal experiences growing up as a Chinese American in the U.S. 16 min. Video/C 1866 (also with "All Orientals Look the Same" Video/C 3833)

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Brighter Moon.
Fictional film about the immigrant experiences of two students from Hong Kong living in Toronto. 25 min. Video/C 1973

Carved in Silence.
By means of historic footage plus dramatized reenactments, traces the history of Chinese immigration to the United States, especially the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 which resulted in the detention of Chinese immigrants at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay. Parts filmed at Angel Island State Park. Produced and directed by Felicia Lowe. 1988. 45 min. DVD X2959; vhs Video/C 1170

Center for Asian American Media catalog description
Angel Island site (via UCB Asian American Studies)

Chinatown: Immigrants in America.
Discusses the lives and hardships of new immigrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong in New York's Chinatown. 60 min. Video/C 278

Chinatown (Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco)
Journey inside Chinatown's tumultuous and inspiring history to witness how the past and present live together in one of San Francisco's oldest communities. Through a vivid mixture of personal recollections, archival photos, poetry and narration, film recalls the days when the neighborhood was shut out from society, a distinct ghetto and a refuge for new immigrants. Visit the offices of the Chinese Times, published daily since 1884. Poignant documentary footage reveals the stories of how residents made a life and thrived despite discriminatory legislation--starting with local ordinances and culminating with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. Producer & director, Felicia Lowe, 1996. 60 min. DVD 9560 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4379

Chinatown Files
A documentary exploring the legacy of McCarthyism on the Chinese American community. For the first time, Chinese American men and women who were hunted down, jailed and targeted for deportation speak out on how they and their friends were investigated and persecuted by government agents during the McCarthy witch-hunts of the fifties. At the height of the hysteria, thousands of Chinese immigrants and American citizens of Chinese descent were investigated because of their ethnicity and alleged risk to national security. This is a cautionary tale of xenophobia and hysteria that serves as a reminder of the fragility of constitutional protections today. Director, Amy Chen. 2001. 57 min. DVD X6601; Video/C 8426

Filmakers Library catalog description

Chinese Americans (Multicultural Peoples of North America).
One of a 15 part series which celebrates the heritage of fifteen different cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and who they are today. Each volume discusses when and why each group emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in, and who the important leaders are within each community. 30 min. Video/C 3292

Chinese Americans: The Second Century.
Shows the history of the Chinese in America with special emphasis on California. Examines the conditions endured by new Chinese immigrants including the long separations endured by families and its impact on the new generation of Chinese Americans and current immigrants. The film also examines the Chinese community and its relationship with general American custom and culture. 30 min. UMATIC format. Video/C 686

Chinese Gold: the Chinese of the Monterey Bay.
Based on the book by Sandy Lydon. Includes historic footage and photographs, and interviews with Chinese emigrants and Chinese Americans. 42 min. Video/C 2184

Chinese Lion Dance: Marysville, California
Filmed in 1925 presents footage from a Chinese New Year Bok Kai festival, with lots of shots of the parade dragon and fireworks. An interesting slice of immigrant life in early 20th century California. 1925. 10 min. DVD X54

Chinese Restaurants
Uses the icon of the family-run Chinese restaurant to tell the story of the Chinese diaspora. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan explores Chinese restaurants around the world, showing the lives and stories of the families who own them. Reveals the complex history of Chinese immigration, cultural migration, ethnic identity and global politics. Director and producer, Cheuk Kwan. Disc 1. Song of the exile : Israel, South Africa, Turkey -- Disc 2. On the islands : Mauritius, Trinidad, Cuba -- Disc 3. Three continents : Madagascar, Norway, Canada -- Disc 4. Latin passions : Peru, Brazil south, Argentina -- Disc 5. Beyond frontiers : India east, Brazil north, India west. c2005. 400 min. DVD 4861

Description from Filmwest Associates catalog

Chinese Roots.
Three Chinese American young adults research their family backgrounds in U.S. archives and then embark on a trip to their ancestral villages in China. Along the way, they come to understand and their parents and grandparents and what they went through to become Americans. 27 min. Video/C 4185

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

The Dance and the Railroad.
A drama which explores the relationship between two Chinese immigrants, now American raiload workers, who together confront the reality of their present work struggle in America, while re-creating the memory of their lives as artists and performers in China. Performance in San Francisco, February 18, 1984. Video/C 666

Dim Sum Take Out.
Comprised of previously unseen out-takes from Wang's acclaimed feature film Dim Sum. Focuses on one woman from Chinatown and her personal issues of independence and sexuality. The different ways she both embraces and says goodbye to her cultural/class legacies and the entrenched perceptions men and women have about each other will spark controversy and discussion in the areas of sexuality, personal liberation, and male-female relationships. 12 min. Video/C 3751

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Dirty Laundry: A History of Heroes
A history of Chinese who immigrated to Canada and of gay Chinese Canadians. A film by by Richard Fung. 1996. 31 min. Video/C 4428

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Double Exposure
A Chinese American woman explores the "cultural statelessness" experienced by first generation immigrants through a series of first-person reflections and observations examining her passage from young Chinese girl to middle aged American woman. Produced, directed and edited by Kit-Yin Snyder. 2003. 26 min Video/C 9879

Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue
Through a montage of images and interviews, the film explores the Chinese American social and economic conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown. A film essay by Curtis Choy. Originally produced in 1976. 35 min. DVD 4161

Fly to Freedom: The Art of the Golden Venture Refugees.
In June 1993 the Golden Venture ship wrecked off the coast of New York City. Among the nearly 300 passengers were many who had left their homes in China to make passage to the United States. Fifty-two of the refugees were sent to York County Prison in Pennsylvania and were held there for nearly four years. During their imprisonment, the refugees made more than 10,000 paper sculptures. Directed by Barry Dornfeld. c2000. 13 min. Video/C M1081

Forbidden City, U.S.A.
"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 56 min. DVD 6278; vhs Video/C 1775

Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).

Foreign Talk.
A Chinese American woman is confronted by two African American men while riding a commuter train. An excellent short narrative for discussions about cross-cultural understanding, communication and stereotypes. 11 min. Video/C 3235

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Freckled Rice.
Story about 13-year old Joe Soo, a restaurant owner's son, and his relationships with relatives spanning three generations. 48 min. Video/C 1964

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Golden Venture
Chronicles the ongoing struggles of passengers who were aboard the Golden Venture, an immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground near New York City in 1993. Passengers had paid at least $30, 000 to be brought to the U.S. from China's Fujian Province, expecting to arrive indebted but unnoticed. But a seemingly golden opportunity quickly evolved into a hellish descent through the cruel whims of U.S. immigration policy. Writer, producer, director, Peter Cohn. 2006. 70 min. DVD 7977

Description from New Day Films catalog

How We Got Here: the Chinese.
The story of five generations of Chinese immigrants to America, drawn primarily from the experiences of those living in America's Chinatown. 28 min. Video/C 39

Island of Secret Memories.
A film by Loni Ding. Examines the experiences of early Chinese American immigrants who were detained at the Angel Island immigrant Station in the San Francisco Bay through the eyes of young immigrant children on a tour of the now restored facility located in Angel Island State Park. 20 min. DVD X1233 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3846

[Kingston, Maxine Hong] A Few Minutes About "Max"
A brief tribute to the Asian American author Maxine Hong Kingston by her family, friends and colleagues, with particular reference to her years at the University of California, Berkeley. Maxine Hong Kingston, Alumna of the year 2000, by the California Alumni Association. 11 min. Video/C 8823

[ Kingston, Maxine Hong] Maxine Hong Kingston: Reading and Interview, UC Berkeley, Spring 1990.
Asian American author Kingston reads from her book, Trapmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, comments upon her writings and replies to questions addressed to her by students. 52 min. Video/C 3796

[Kingston, Maxine Hong] Stories My Country Told Me: with Maxine Hong Kingston.
Facing the reality of what happened in Southeast Asia and bringing others together to reconcile with it, has become the life work of novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, who teaches Buddhism and creative writing to Vietnam veterans. In this program Kingston explores the causes and effects of alienation from one's country and travels to France accompanied by Vietnam veteran writers to meet with Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist monk instrumental in the peace accords ending the Vietnam War. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 6892

[Kingston, Maxine Hong] Maxine Hong Kingston: Talking Story.
This video is about the life and writings of the contemporary Chinese-American author, Maxine Hong Kingston. Narrated by B.D. Wong, it includes comments by Kingston, other authors, and literary critics. Also includes readings by Kingston from her works, The Woman Warrior, China Men, and Tripmaster Monkey. 60 min. DVD 9079 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2168

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

[Kingston, Maxine Hong]Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston . (World of ideas with Bill Moyers)
Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston, author of Chinese American ethnic literature, in which she relates her life experiences growing up in California as a first generation Chinese American. 1990. 56 min. DVD 1957; also DVD X1446 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1882

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[Kingston, Maxine Hong] Maxine Hong Kingston.
Interview, Pacifica Radio, 1983. Sound/C 546

[Kingston, Maxine Hong] Maxine Hong Kingston Interview with Kay Bonetti.
Interview, 53 min. Sound/C 587

Maxine Hong Kingston Reads Excerpts from The Woman Warrior and China Men (with Earll Kingston). 53 min. Sound/C 972
Maxine Hong Kingston, Reading. Reading from her book, Trapmaster Monkey: his Fake Book, comments upon her writings and replies to questions addressed to her by students. 1990 52 min. Video/C 3796
Readings 53 min Sound/C 972
Women Working in Literature 60 min. Video/C 3746

[Lee, Li-Young] Li-Young Lee. Vol. I (Lannan Literary Videos; 45)
Poet Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia where his parents lived in exile from China. In 1964 he and his family fled to the United States from Indonesia where his father was a political prisoner. Here Mr. Lee reads from his book "The Winged Seed: A Remembrance" and his two books of poetry "Rose," and "The City in Which I Love You." Concludes with an interview with novelist and critic Shawn Wong. Reading took place on 18 April 1995 in Los Angeles. 60 min. Video/C 9061

[Lee, Li-Young] Li-Young Lee: Readings and Conversations (Lannan Literary Videos; 82)
Chinese American author and poet Li-Young Lee explores cultural politics, desire and loss in his works that are hauntingly lyrical. He has said, "I amthe stories that I tell." Here he reads from his worksand talks with Michael Silverblatt, host of the public radio program Bookworm. Recorded on March 29, 2000. 60 min. Video/C 9062

"Liru" is a Chinese American woman's search for ethnic and personal identity and inner freedom. Liru has to deal with strained relations with her mother and Korean Japanese boyfriend. Good for discussions about ethnic identity, mother/daughter relations and personal independence. 25 min. Video/C 1961

Living Music for Golden Mountains
A portrait of a folk musician from southern China, Leo Lew, telling about his immigration to America and his commitment to teaching the traditions of Cantonese music to generations of Chinese-Americans. Directed by Arthur E. Dong. 1981. 27 min. Video/C MM894

Mah Jong Orphan.
A real life film focusing on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzane, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter, Lilly, who is eager to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's values. Suzan talks of her disappointment at Lilly's choice of a non-Chinese husband, while Lilly, to her own surprise discovers a need to pass on her cultural heritage to her son, who eventually heals the rift between the generations. 45 min. DVD X3210; Video/C 3962

Filmakers Library catalog description

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.
Portrays the career of Maya Lin as an architect/artist as told by her and others, with special focus on the design and emotional impact of the Vietnam Veterans and Civil Rights Memorials. 98 min. Video/C 4359

Me, Mom & Mona.
In this documentary Chinese Canadian women of the Shum family, a mother and her two daughters, share in a discussion that reveals the impact of conflicting values. Patriarchal expectations imposed by cultural traditions and by Mr. Shum clash with each woman's independent identity and feminist aspirations. 20 min. Video/C 4177

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Mississippi Triangle
Explores ethnic relations among Chinese, African Americans, and whites in the Mississippi Delta. Focuses on the little-known history of the Chinese community, using historical footage and interviews with Delta residents. Co-directors, Christine Choy, Worth Long, Allan Siegel. 1984. 80 min. DVD 7157 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2495

More to the Chinese Side.
"I used to think that we were the typical Asian American family," muses William Gow, a fifth-generation Chinese American of biracial descent, as several family members describe instances of how they are commonly mistaken for other ethnicities. Intrigued by thesemisperceptions, Gow invites his parents and other relatives to share their experiences and views on how they see themselves in relation to the larger Asian American community. His Caucasian mother and Chinese father provide insights into raising biracial children; his Chinese cousin observes how being adopted repeatedly throws off people's expectations of him. Interspersed with historical details about Chinese immigration to the U.S., the interviews warmly touch upon the complexities of a family negotiating ethnic identities within an Asian American community that is constantly changing. 2003. 17 min. Video/C MM298

My America, or, Honk If You Love Buddha
Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena goes on the road, ? la Jack Kerouac, to record the voices and personalities of Asian Americans everywhere from Chinatown, New York to a debutante ball in Anaheim, California. She compares her childhood to the current ethnic climate of America and chronicles as well the spectacular adventures of her fellow traveler, Victor Wong, son of a San Francisco Chinatown mayor, who went on to become a Beat painter, photojournalist, and character actor. 87 min. Video/C 6049

Tajima-Pe?a, Renee; Sagara, M. Rosalind, interviewer. "Political Filmmaking: Talking With Renee Tajima-Pe?a." Women's Studies Quarterly 2002 30(1-2): 178-188.

My Mother Thought She was Audrey Hepburn.
This film is a personal statement about growing up Asian American. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown, the main character's mother was proud to dress like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy, thinking she had attained the American dream is she modeled herself after them. Produced by Sharon Jue. 28 min. Video/C 2348

Filmakers Library catalog description

New Year
A film by Valerie Soe. A personal narrative about the filmmakers memories of family members and personal experiences growing up as a Chinese American in the U.S. [with Black Sheep] Video/C 1866

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Nine Fish
Kip Fulbeck uses his artistic abilities with the camera to express his personal reflection of the impact on his family of his Cantonese grandmother's continuing physical decline. c1996. 25 min. DVD X4563; Video/C 8320

Parade Celebrating Chinese Republic
Parade celebrating Chinese Republic: This is a short collection of footage from 1912 San Francisco, where some were celebrating the new Chinese Republic. 1912. 3 min. DVD X54

Separate Lives, Broken Dreams: The Saga of Chinese Immigration
This program gives an in-depth look at the decisions behind and the consequences that followed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred Chinese from emigrating to the U.S. for 87 years. It examines a period in U.S. history embattled with labor disputes, scapegoating and immigration issues. Personal interviews and archival footage illustrate how families were either kept together or tragically torn apart, and how this affected generations of Chinese and Chinese Americans. 49 min. 1994. Video/C 6614

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Sewing Woman.
This film is based on a collection of oral histories about the life of Zem Ping Dong, and other immigrants like her, who worked in America's garment factories over the past 30 years. 14 min. Video/C 1485

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Spirit of the Dragon
In 1923 the Canadian Government passed the infamous Exclusion Act, which barred all Chinese immigration to Canada for 24 years and required all Chinese-Canadian citizens to carry an indentification card. Jean Lumb was one of those Canadians, and this documentary tells her story. Jean worked much of her life to have this law changed, and in 1976 she became the first Chinese-Canadian to receive an Order of Canada. In 1995 life came full circle when she became a Citizen Judge, swearing in New Canadian citizens. 2002. 26 min. Video/C 9973

Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston . (World of ideas with Bill Moyers)
Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston, author of Chinese American ethnic literature, in which she relates her life experiences growing up in California as a first generation Chinese American. 1990. 56 min. DVD 1957; also Video/C 1882

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Stories My Country Told Me: with Maxine Hong Kingston.
Facing the reality of what happened in Southeast Asia and bringing others together to reconcile with it, has become the life work of novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, who teaches Buddhism and creative writing to Vietnam veterans. In this program Kingston explores the causes and effects of alienation from one's country and travels to France accompanied by Vietnam veteran writers to meet with Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist monk instrumental in the peace accords ending the Vietnam War. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 6892

There is No Name for This (Lian zhe wu ming)
Community-wide discussion was sparked when the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance & Asian Pacific Sisters marched in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade. This film incorporates this event and over two dozen interviews to examine the private and public repercussions as Chinese and Chinese American lesbians, gays, and bisexuals come out across cultural and language barriers. Produced and directed by Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Cianna Pamintuan Stewart, and Jessica Yu. c1997. 49 min. Video/C MM1109

To Be Me: Tony Quon.
Story of a 10 year old Chinese immigrant who is learning to adjust to an American school. Tony describes his first impressions of strange new classrooms, and we follow him through Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Chinatown. Features vivid depictions of the food, firecrackers, and lion dances of Chinese New Years. 10 min. Video/C 1967

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Two Lies
A film by Pam Tom Examines the stressful relationship between two young Chinese-American girls and their relationship with their mother who is having plastic surgery performed to alter her oriental features. 1990. 25 min. Video/C 6571

Under the Willow Tree: Pioneer Chinese Women in Canada.
The recollections of seven Chinese women who grew up in Canada in the first half of the 20th century who left behind their families, knowing they would never see them again. It is a heart-wrenching odyssey of girls who were shipped to the New World to marry men they had never met. These are the women who fought against the racism they faced in Canada, while passing on language, culture and values to their children. 52 min. Video/C 6339

El Viaje Mas Largo (The Longest Journey)
This documentary examines the history of Chinese immigration to Cuba, and the Chinese presence in Cuban everyday life as part of the national "Mestizaje." 1993. 24 min. Video/C MM142

The Way to My Father's Village.
A video by Richard Fung. By means of interviews with family members, a Chinese-Canadian traces his family origins back to the village in China where his father was born. 38 min. Video/C 3772

We Served With Pride: The Chinese American Experience in WWII
The untold story of Chinese Americans who have served in the U.S. military, especially during World War II. Twenty eight men and women share their stories, representing the 20,000 Chinese Americans who served their country in a wide variety of wartime assignments. Also covers the involvement of Chinese Americans in the American Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 7712

When East Meets East
When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America? This genre-breaking documentary explores the issues of ethnic and cultural identity through interviews with some of today's most prominent Asian and Chinese American filmmakers, actors and actresses in the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China: Wayne Wang, Clara Law, William Ging Wee Dere, Yan Cui, Sandra Oh, Ning Ying, Peggy Chiao, Chen Kuo-Fu, Ho Ping, Teddy Robin, Keith Lock, Janet Yang. Excerpts from films: Double happiness -- Joy Luck Club -- Chinese chocolate -- Temptation of a monk -- Moving the mountain -- Dim Sum -- Small pleasures -- For fun -- Treasure Island -- "18". (199-?). 53 min. Video/C 6924

When They All Still Lived.
A documentary which relates a poignant chapter in the history of the Chinese in California: the decline and disappearance of the small rural Chinatown in Riverside. Produced, written and directed by James T. Brown and Peter Lang. 1988. 48 min. Video/C MM888

When You're Smiling.
The first comprehensive account of the resettlement of the Japanese American community after internment during WWII, told through the filmmakers own family's struggle during the harsh post-camp years. The community seemed to put their unjust incarceraton behind them but in reality, class, race, religion, stereotyping, lack of ethnic values, emotional and familial distance caused a serious identity crisis. 1999. 60 min. Video/C 6934

Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Video on racism in working-class America focuses on the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice. 83 min. DVD 9435; vhs Video/C 1767

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Chang, Robert S. "Dreaming in Black and White: Racial-Sexual Policing in Birth of a Nation, The Cheat, and Who Killed VIncent Chin." Asian Law Journal 5, (1998) UC users only
Cohan, C. "Who killed Vincent Chin?" Cineaste v. 17 no. 1 (1989) p. 20
Fishbein, Leslie. "Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1988): Ethnicity and a Babble of Discourses." Film-Historia [Spain] 1995 5(2-3): 137-146. Fishbein, Leslie. "Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1988): The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 4 (Oct., 1990), pp. 1147-1150 UC users only
Nichols, Bill. "Historical Consciousness and the Viewer: Who Killed Vincent Chin?" In: The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event. Edited by Vivian Sobchack. pp: 55-68. New York: Routledge, 1996. AFI film readers. (Main Stack PN1995.2.P47 1996)
Tajima-Peña, Renee. "Fast forward to History." Amerasia Journal 2002 28(3): 7-12.
Tajima-Peña, Renee; Sagara, M. Rosalind, interviewer. "Political Filmmaking: Talking With Renee Tajima-Peña." Women's Studies Quarterly 2002 30(1-2): 178-188. UC users only
White, A. "Who killed Vincent Chin?." Film Comment v. 24 (May/June 1988) p. 58
Wu, Jean. "Teaching Who Killed Vincent Chin? - 1991 and 2001." Amerasia Journal 2002 28(3): 13-23.

Women Warriors
Making up (1974, col. , 3 min.) -- The year of the Ox: the 1973 Chinatown livestock show / interviews by Curtis Choy and Victor Wong ; videographers, Curtis Coy, Jiro Maru (1985, b&w, 17 min.) Making up: A look at Asian women frantically applying make-up to their faces to become western-eyezed. Year of the Ox: the 1973 Chinatown livestock show: Features the talents of and interviews with competitors in the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Pageant telling why they do it, and what is done to them. 20 min. DVD 4163

Year of the Dragon
From the play by Frank Chin of the same name, this televised production looks at the comfortable stereotypes concerning Asian-Americans. A working class Chinese-American man, Fred Eng, is in torment over his divided loyalties to America and China, which explode on Chinese New Year (The Year of the Dragon). Originally broadcast on the PBS television series Theatre in America, January 15, 1975. 89 min. Video/C 1767

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Chinese Americans
Japanese Americans
Korean Americans
Filipino Americans
South/Southesast Asian/Pacific Island Americans

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