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The Resource Chinatown files, directed by Amy Chen and Produced by Amy Chen and Ying Chan, (electronic resource)

Chinatown files, directed by Amy Chen and Produced by Amy Chen and Ying Chan, (electronic resource)

Label
Chinatown files
Title
Chinatown files
Statement of responsibility
directed by Amy Chen and Produced by Amy Chen and Ying Chan
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Summary
Amy Chen's acclaimed new documentary The Chinatown Files reveals the hidden story of Chinese-American men and women who were hunted down, jailed, and targeted for deportation during the Cold War hysteria of the 1950's and l960's. Their interviews are interwoven with rare home movies, photographs and archival films exploring the prejudice and xenophobia surrounding U.S.-China relations. During the McCarthy era witchhunts, the loyalties of over ten thousand American citizens of Chinese descent were questioned based on their ethnicity and alleged risk to national security. Henry Chin, a laundry worker and president of the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance and the China Daily News, describes how "Chinese immigrants came to America for a better life for themselves and the loved ones they left behind in their impoverished villages." Yet for sending money home, his friends were charged by the U.S. government for trading with the enemy and his life was shattered by constant FBI surveillance and harassment. Other people featured in the film include several members of Mun Ching, the Chinese American Democratic Youth League in San Francisco who were harassed by the FBI. Several agents speak candidly of the FBI objectives in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York. The Chinatown Files is a cautionary tale of how nationalist paranoia can quickly lead to racially-motivated violations of civil rights and liberties. It serves as a dramatic and enduring reminder of the fragility of constitutional protections, encouraging viewers to reexamine the democratic promises of the American government and to hold all of society responsible when rights are infringed
Additional physical form
Previously released as DVD.
Awards note
  • Hawaii International Film Festival, 2001
  • Henry Hampton Award, Council on Foundations, 2002
  • Museum of Modern Art, New Documentary Series, 2001
  • Notable Videos for Adults, ALA 2002
  • Women in the Director's Chair, 2001
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chen, Amy
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
Chinese; English, subtitles in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Zhan, Ying
Runtime
58
Series statement
American history in video
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Chinese Americans
  • Chinese
  • Xenophobia
  • Chinatown (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States
Target audience
general
Technique
unknown
Label
Chinatown files, directed by Amy Chen and Produced by Amy Chen and Ying Chan, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?AHIV;1650433
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650433/ahiv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (58 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a199005
  • (OCoLC)780745357
Video recording format
other
Label
Chinatown files, directed by Amy Chen and Produced by Amy Chen and Ying Chan, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?AHIV;1650433
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650433/ahiv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (58 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a199005
  • (OCoLC)780745357
Video recording format
other

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