SHORTS: CHANGING CHINATOWN
Across the United States, Chinatowns are vibrant hubs of culture and community. Unfortunately, they’re usually viewed through the white lens of tourism and foodie culture. This program features three short films that tell honest stories of Chinatown and what it means to the folks who live there.
Supported by: Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA), Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Project by Project (PbP)
In This Program
Patrick Chen / USA / 2016 / 4 minsProduced within 24 hours of the actual restaurant closing, THE LAST TIP serves as a sentimental ode to the 70-year-old 69 Bayard Restaurant Corp. The film shows the emotional journey of a loyal patron processing the loss of an icon of Chinatown, all over the course of one final meal.
Christine Choy / USA / 1976 / 50 minsThis film portrays the early days of New York’s Chinatown through a raw, unfiltered lens, painting an honest view of a community built by laborers in spite of the powerful forces of the cops and real estate developers who run the city to this day.
James Q. Chan / USA / 2016 / 32 minsFOREVER, CHINATOWN tells the unknown story of Frank Wong, an 81-year-old self-taught artist who has spent forty years attempting to preserve his fading memories of the San Francisco Chinatown of his youth. By building romantic, extraordinarily detailed dioramas, Frank hopes to immortalize the rapidly changing urban neighborhood he grew up in.