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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

A TASTE OF HOME & OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Directed by Tay and Val

Features / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 54 mins

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’s Chinatown-International District (C-ID) in search of “A Taste Of Home, ” the only documentary anthology featuring five of the oldest Chinese American food establishments in the C-ID. See this neighborhood in a whole new perspective. Feast on delicious dishes created by its founding immigrants, explore the unique flavors of the C-ID, and find your taste of home.

Co-presented by: SCIDPDAInterIM CDA, and NAAAP Seattle

** Your ticket to this screening gets you into the Opening Night Party, which kicks off at SIFF Cinema Egyptian immediately following the films.


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. WHO KILLED DONNIE CHIN?

    Matt Chan / Shorts / 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 absence is still felt to this day. 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 & OPENING NIGHT PARTY


  2. YEAR OF THE DRAGON

    Quinn Brown, Troy Osaki / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Misc., 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 & OPENING NIGHT PARTY