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Loni Ding

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. ;

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