Chinatowns have been home to vibrant communities of Asian immigrants since the mid-19th Century. They provided the inhabitants with an entry point to support and services and a place to establish their new identity. However, many of these historic neighborhoods are now threatened by gentrification, aging populations, and assimilation.
Through the eyes of five community members working to educate, organize, house, and document the community, this one-hour documentary will visit several Chinatowns in America and ask if these ethnic enclaves still have a place.
Curtis Chin ("Vincent Who?," "Tested") has written for shows/projects on ABC, NBC, the Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation, among others. He has screened his films at nearly 600 venues in ten countries with the White House, Amnesty International, Lincoln Center, the Norwegian government, and more.
Kenneth Eng is a director, editor and executive producer. In 2001, Ken directed and edited "Take Me to The River" a feature length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, his film about the famous Koshien Tournament in Japan was nationally broadcast on PBS as part of POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV. In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch his latest film, "My Life In China."
Adam Wolman is a consultant to companies and individuals creating content for all media. He partnered with Curtis to produce and co-write the award-winning "Tested" and has consulted on several other docs. Previously Adam was the #2 exec at HBO Digital; Executive Consultant, Disney|ABC Television Group; VP, Original Series, Current and Development, MTV; Director, Comedy Series Programming, ABC Entertainment; and Program Analyst, CBS Productions.
Currently in production. We have been filming since December. We hope to complete by early summer and edit the film in the late summer for a fall release. To finish in time, we need your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit production.
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