Mirrors and windows: Chinese American filmmakers.

Author:Lowe, Felicia
Position:7D Panel Summary - Brief article


The filmmakers in this roundtable discussed the ways in which their work reflects and interprets the concerns of the changing Chinese American community, including constantly shifting definitions of culture and identity, the Chinese diaspora, representations of Asian Americans in popular culture, and the ways in which film can be used as a means of social change. Panelists reflected several different aspects of the Chinese American media arts community--new immigrants, American-born Chinese, established filmmakers and emerging artists, and working in a variety of genres and techniques. Each filmmaker screened a brief sample of their current work and discussed its relationship to themes and issues in the Chinese American community at large.

Felicia Lowe screened excerpts from China: Land of My Father and El Barrio Chino, describing them as bookends twenty-five years apart that examine similar stories of family, culture, and identity. Simon Mah...

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