Chinese American Dreams

An Afternoon of Films by Two Chinese American Filmmakers
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Join us for an afternoon of films by Chinese American filmmakers Kenneth Eng and Curtis Chin.

12:30PM: My Life in China
Kenneth Eng's film My Life in China retraces the precarious steps his father took as he fled China's Cultural Revolution in 1966 and risked his life to come to America. The film ponders what it means to be both Chinese and American.

2:15PM: Excerpts from Our Chinatown
Kenneth Eng and Curtis Chin will show clips from their upcoming documentary Our Chinatown. The film looks at the challenges facing Chinatowns across the United States by profiling individuals who are working to educate, house and document their communities.

2:30PM: Tested
Curtis Chin's Tested follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of New York City's elite public high schools. The film explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model minority myth.

Kenneth Eng is a director, editor and executive producer. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to make the film My Life in China and is currently collaborating with Curtis Chin on their documentary Our Chinatown. Ken is also involved in the production of The Great China Baseball Hunt, a film about the rise of baseball in China.

Curtis Chin has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as projects for NBC and FOX. 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 over 600 locations around the world. This fall, he will be touring his films in South Korea and Japan.

This program is co-sponsored by San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department; Center for Asian American Media (CAAM); Chinese American Citizens Alliance, San Francisco Lodge; CALA - Chinese American Librarians Association; Chinese Historical Society of America; Chinese Progressive Association; Education Pioneers; OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, San Francisco Chapter; Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation; Taiwanese American Professionals San Francisco Bay Area (TAP-SF); and The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT).

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

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