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2014 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

A TASTE OF HOME

Directed by Tay and Val

United States / 2016 / Documentary

A TASTE OF HOME

Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
February 26, 2017 12:00 pm

Description

Ever 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.


Director's Bio

Award-winning filmmakers, meditative storytellers, and inspirational community activators Tay and Val are living examples of dreamers who have cycled and traveled across the globe on project I Believe That Dreams Can Come True. Having set off in March 2010, they aimed to bicycle/travel to as many countries as they can, walk into the lives of local people, and then document their personal stories about their dreams on videos.

With the intention One Dream Shared, Millions Inspired, their stories have inspired many to seek out their dreams and achieve them. On this epic journey, the duo has engaged countless people at hundreds of events to empower them – to do the things they truly want to do and be the person they truly want to be.



Preceded By

  1. DIGGING TO CHINATOWN

    Barre Fong / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 41 mins
    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.

    Precedes: A TASTE OF HOME


  2. WHO KILLED DONNIE CHIN?

    Matt Chan / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 8 mins
    On July 23rd, 2015 Donnie Chin was murdered in Seattle’s Chinatown. He was the guardian angel of the neighborhood and his murder remains unsolved. This short essay is about where the case stood after a year and served as a proof of concept piece to promote Citizen Journalism in communities of color.

    Precedes: A TASTE OF HOME


  3. YEAR OF THE DRAGON

    Quinn Brown, Troy Osaki / United States / 2016 / Spoken Word / 4 mins
    Most people in Seattle know that our city has a special place in Bruce Lee's legacy. The martial arts movie star lived, studied and trained here in his late teens and early 20s. These days, tourists visit his grave to honor the indelible mark he left on American film and television. But that's only one side of Bruce Lee's story. For most of his career, he was typecast and marginalized by Hollywood studios, deemed unfit for leading roles. In YEAR OF THE DRAGON, Seattle poet Troy Osaki channels the spirit of Lee in a powerful monologue, revisiting the challenges the action star faced as an actor of color. Along the way, Osaki unpacks the Asian American experience. At a time when issues of representation are in the headlines every day, YEAR OF THE DRAGON delivers a much-needed blow to the enduring prejudice of the film and television industry.

    Precedes: A TASTE OF HOME


Dates & Times

A TASTE OF HOME

Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
February 26, 2017 12:00 pm