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Documentary: Ancestors in the Americas Part I and Part II by Loni Ding

Date: 04.17.2011
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

AncestorsFree.  A panel discussion will follow the screening of the two 62-minute documentaries.

"In Coolies, Sailors, Settlers: Voyage to the New World, filmmaker Loni Ding (Color of Honor, Nisei Soldier) unearths--with methodical detail, extensive research, and abundant footage shot around the world--the rich and troubled interrelations of Asians and Americans from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries....Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story, examines the virtual enslavement and widespread exploitation of Asian workers and the relentless discrimination they experienced as they made their way in nineteenth-century America...Dissolves and overlays of vintage stills and modern portraits are backed by poetic but incisive narration, which includes memoirlike musings of personal impressions--such as the coolies sent to toil in the guano pits of Peru or the "bachelor" farmers in exclusionary California communities. Eye-opening for its startling distinct approach to Asian American history, ambitious in scope, and exhaustive in coverage, this extraordinary series presents a fresh, unconventional study of the Asian presence in the Americas. Studied in tone, this provocative title will reward the attentive viewer and the creative instructor."  Irene Wood, Media Reviewer, Booklist

Sponsored by the Orange County Chinese Cultural Club and Soka University's International Studies Concentration.

Visitors are welcome to come early and have brunch at the Soka Bistro, which is served from 10:30 - 12:30. ($9.25 for all you can eat) -- or stay for dinner served from 5:30 - 7:30 pm ($10.25 for all you can eat.)

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