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Chinese Americans

A Brighter Moon.

Fictional film about the immigrant experiences of two students from Hong Kong living in Toronto. 25 min.

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.

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.

American Chinatown.

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

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.

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.

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.
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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. (also with "All Orientals Look the Same" )
Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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.

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