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Xmas Without China

Directed by Alicia Dwyer, Tom Xia

Documentaries / USA / 2012 / Documentary / 62 mins / English, Mandarin with English subtitles / Color / HDCAM* / San Francisco Premiere


Officially selected to World Premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, Xmas Without China is a feature documentary about two families living side by side, but worlds apart, collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. Fed up with toy and food recalls, the Jones family down the street eagerly accept the consumer mission-impossible and are drawn into a surprising intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses wrestle with the escalating influence of China in their lives and Tom struggles to get beyond the stereotypes, he realizes that he’s on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between the US and China.

Co-presented by: Asian American Studies Department at SFSU, ITVS

sfstate  itvs


Producer: Alicia Dwyer, Tom Xia
Cinematographer: Michael Dwyer
Editor: Julie Vizza
Music: Kenneth Pattengate

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