Chinese American Experiences in History and Short Films: A Traveling Seminar

Join 1882 Foundation for the first installment of our traveling seminars. Seminars feature short documentary film screenings, expert speakers, discussions of key historical themes, and lesson plans for educators. The first session is geared towards teachers and the second session towards the general public (though all are welcome to attend either). The seminars will shed light on the Chinese American experience, what it means to be American, and why that story and that of all Asian Americans must be told. FIRST SESSION: Recruited, Excluded, and (sort…

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Chinese American Film Seminar, 5/13 – 5/14/17

The 1882 Foundation’s Chinese American Short Film Seminar (May 13th-May 14th) explored filmmaking as both identity building and as potent storytelling. Films presented at the Alexandria Black History Museum grappled with the role of lineage and faith, and added to the defining "Chinese American." These included a full length screening of "Finding Samuel Lowe,” in which three African Jamaican-American siblings from Harlem searched for information regarding their grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their search took them from New York and Toronto to Jamaica and China. Film writer…

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The Search for General Tso: A Film Review

The Search for General Tso:  A Documentary Film about Chinese Food in America By Roberta L. Chew (The film trailer was shown in a program about Chinese Food at a Talk Story Event, Washington, D.C., February 28, 2016.)   Director Ian Cheney and a friend were traversing rural America and noticed Chinese American restaurants were just about everywhere, even in out of the way small towns.  They were intrigued by one particular dish, General Tso’s Chicken, which was ubiquitous.  They decided they would explore how…

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April 1968: Understated Intersections

April 1968: Understated Intersections of Race and Placeby Easten Law[Easten Law is a former lecturer in Intercultural Relations at American University in Washington DC. He is now D.C. Commissioner for API Affairs in the DC Mayor's office and a doctoral student at Georgetown University.]It was a real privilege moderating the 1882 Foundation screening and discussion of “Through Chinatown Eyes: 1968” at Busboys and Poets in early October. I was truly humbled to hear the stories of my Chinese-American elders. Their witness is vital for all…

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