2016 OCA National Convention
Forging Ahead: Legacy, Advocacy, Activism
Westin Jersey City Newport | Jersey City, New Jersey
July 21, 2016
Part I: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Part II: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Part I Films
A Village Called Versailles (2014)
DIRECTOR S. Leo Chiang 1h 6min
In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill.
•Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., LIBERTY I
Conscience and the Constitution (2000)
DIRECTOR Frank Abe 56 min | War
Conscience and the Constitution reveals the long-untold story of the organized draft resistance at the American concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and its suppression by Japanese American leaders.
•Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., LIBERTY II
Fred Ho's Last Year (2014)
DIRECTOR Steve De Castro 59min | Biography, Music
Fred Ho’s Last Year captures the unapologetic Fred Ho in an unbelievable year as he fights cancer, leads orchestras, holds lectures, leads protests, publishes books, and even produces his magnum opus: an elaborate, manga-inspired samurai opera on a New York stage.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Steven de Castro.
•Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., LIBERTY III
Part II Films
Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China (2014)
DIRECTOR Jeanette Kong 1h 28m
Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from Toronto to Jamaica to China, reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with co-creator Paula Madison and moderator Shirley L. Ng.
•Thursday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 p.m, LIBERTY I
DIRECTOR Ursula Liang 1h 29min | History, Sport
9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Ursula Liang and Frank Gee.
•Thursday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 p.m, LIBERTY II
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)
DIRECTORS Christine Choy & Renee Tajima-Peña 1h 27min | Crime
On a hot summer night in Detroit, Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, killed a young Chinese-American engineer with a baseball bat. Although he confessed, he never spent a day in jail. This gripping Academy Award-nominated film relentlessly probes the implications of the murder in the streets of Detroit, for the families of those involved, and for the American justice system.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Christine Choy, Corky Lee, and Helen Zia.
•Thursday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 p.m, LIBERTY III