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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.

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