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Honoring Chinese American Women: Cinematic Expressions Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Honoring Chinese American Women: Cinematic Expressions
Event typeLibrary Program
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceTeens, Adults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a screening of three films celebrating Chinese American women in film, followed by a Q & A with filmmakers Arthur Dong and Robin Lung.
DescriptionThe Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17) 35 minutes
The earliest example of Asian American filmmaking known to exist today, The Curse of Quon Gwon is also one of the few American silent feature films made by a woman. Written and directed by Marion Wong, it was produced in 1916-17 by the Mandarin Film Company in Oakland, California. The film was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2006.

Sewing Woman (1982) 14 minutes
Sewing Woman chronicles the bittersweet journey of one woman's determination to survive: from an arranged marriage in old China to working-class comforts in modern America. Sewing Woman is based on a series of oral histories and the life story of the filmmaker Arthur Dong’s mother, Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who has worked in San Francisco garment factories for over 30 years.

Finding Kukan (2016) 75 minutes
Filmmaker Robin Lung turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of Kukan (1941), an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

Following the screenings, there will be a question and answer period with directors Robin Lung (Finding Kukan) and Arthur Dong (Sewing Woman).

Arthur Dong is a producer, director, writer, editor, and distributor of documentaries for over 35 years. His films about Chinese America include Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, U.S.A., and Hollywood Chinese. His films on gay issues include Licensed to Kill, Coming Under Fire, and Family Fundamentals. Dong's latest film, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, launched the PBS/World Channel series Doc World in 2016.

Robin Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawaii's First Home, a 30-minute film about Hawai'i's historic governor's mansion and home of Queen Lili'uokalani. She was the associate producer for Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, Hawaii unit producer for Vivan Las Antipodas!, and unit producer for NOVA's "Killer Typhoon." In 2015, she was a documentary fellow at the NALIP ARC diverse female filmmaker residency.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is part of the 2017 Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and the Aftermath (PICA) Conference.
Sponsored by OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Seattle.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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