DIGGING TO CHINATOWN
Directed by Barre Fong
On May 4, 1887, San Jose, one of the largest Chinatowns in the West was destroyed by arson in the furor of the anti-Chinese movement. But the Chinese refused to be driven out. Their ally, John Heinlen, fought opposition from City Hall and angry citizens, to build a new Chinatown on his property. The Chinatown, Heinlenville, lasted for 44 years in the era of nativism and the Chinese Exclusion Act. With restrictions on Chinese labor due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinatown ended during the Depression in 1931, and became the City’s corporation yard. Heinlen’s Chinatown was forgotten until a redevelopment project for Japantown uncovered foundations of a historic Chinatown. Through rarely seen historic photos, footage of the excavation and interviews with archaeologists and descendants, DIGGING TO CHINATOWN is the story of people’s struggle against Asian exclusion, of battles lost and won that define our society and identity today.
Barre Fong is a San Francisco-based Documentary Filmmaker and Producer
Tay and Val / United States / 2016 / DocumentaryEver wondered how the Chop Suey combo came about? How many ingredients are there in a Toisanese Joong? What's a joong anyway? Which came first, pasta or Chinese noodles? How did they ever insert those fortunes into the fortune cookies? Who eats picked pomelo peels? Miss Bakery Mon Hei's famous cocktail buns? Join host Val Tan as she travels through 100 years of Seattle Chinatown International District (SCID) in search of "A Taste Of Home, " the only documentary anthology featuring five of the oldest Chinese American food establishments in the SCID. See this neighborhood in a whole new perspective. Feast on yummylicious dishes innovated by its founding immigrants. Let's explore the unique flavors of Seattle Chinatown International District, and find your taste of home.