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When: 4/30/2011
1:00 PM
Where: Board Room
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, Chinese Community Center  77036
Contact: Debbie Chen
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 1pm to 4:30pm
ARIRANG Part 2: THE KOREAN AMERICAN DREAM by Tom Coffman | 2:15pm
A MOMENT IN TIME by Ruby Yang | 3:30pm

Saturday, April 30, 2011 1pm to 4:30pm
Korean Americans are a long-time, widely dispersed presence in the United States. Yet for most Americans, they remain a people without a story. 
ARIRANG Part 1: THE KOREAN AMERICAN JOURNEY begins the story of how and why, in less than three years in the early 1900s, more than 7,000 Koreans left their strife-torn homeland for new lives on the sugar plantations of Hawaii. Yet just as they arrive in America, Korea is conquered by Japan, which attempts to stamp out the Korean language and culture and reduce Koreans to second-class Japanese citizens. As American settlers, the Korean sojourners organized around the cause of independence for Korea while simultaneously sinking roots deep into their new home. 

ARIRANG Part 2: THE KOREAN AMERICAN DREAM by Tom Coffman | 60 min
ARIRANG Part 2: THE KOREAN AMERICAN DREAM continues the story. The program explores the dramatic renewal of migration as a result of the Korean War and subsequent changes in U.S. immigration law. After 1970, the Korean American population expanded rapidly, at times perilously, to over one million today. This is a story about distances: from Seoul to New Jersey; from storekeeper to Harvard graduate; and from the devastating Los Angeles riots of 1992 to a heightened involvement in the American scene.

A MOMENT IN TIME by Ruby Yang | 57 min
Through a warm, intimate pastiche of multi-generational interviews and rare film clips (from both old Cantonese movies and early Chinese American works), Oscar-winning director Ruby Yang explores the evolving role of Chinatown movie theaters in San Francisco's Chinese American community. For generations of moviegoers, Chinatown theaters were a place to remember - or learn about - their roots, and to create bonds with family and community. In the 20's and 30's, the theater riveted Chinese bachelors and brought matrons to tears as they connected with China through Shanghainese cinema and Cantonese opera adaptations. In the 50's, local Chinese actors shared live updates on political events in China before the beginning of a film. The Chinatown theaters also presented affirming role models to combat the racism many found around them: in the 60's Hong Kong musicals proved that Chinese kids could be cool, and in the 70's Bruce Lee and the martial arts craze showcased a new vision of Chinese masculinity. Produced by Lambert Yam (Yang's husband, who for over ten years was the General Manager and programmer of the World Theatre, one of the premiere movie houses in San Francisco's Chinatown), A MOMENT IN TIME includes interviews with many residents, artists and activists, as well as noted figures like director John Woo and cinematographer Christopher Doyle. While Chinatown's theaters are now closed, their legacy remains.

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