We are thrilled to give a first look at this new, powerful documentary that celebrates San Francisco’s Chinatown and the diverse community who live there. This loving portrait of the historic neighborhood is told through a fresh lens by Producer/Creator James Q. Chan (FOREVER CHINATOWN, CHINATOWN RISING).
Join us as we talk about this new project and have a conversation with key leaders in Chinatown and discuss how the community is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conversation moderated by Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director.
Q&A Panelists include:
Dorothy G.C. Quock was born & lives in San Francisco Chinatown. Her ancestral heritage led her to probe into multi-cultural study, as well as American Chinese history. With a travel / tourism degree & certification, she led 19 groups to People’s Republic of China, besides living there many months at a time. In addition during 1982 to 1990 assisted colleagues on trips to Cook Islands, East Africa, South America. In recent years Dorothy has traveled not only in USA, but countries around the globe. She is currently a Tour Leader for San Francisco’s Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours since 1991. Dorothy is a researcher / field producer for Good Medicine Picture Company.
Anna Oh is the co-director/editor of “Penny Wong/Ms. Chinatown” segment in You Are Here who met James while screening her own short film, “Halmoni” (CAAMFest 2017) at the Boston Asian American Film Festival in 2016. She’s also screened her other shorts previously at CAAMFest and is a local resident of San Francisco.
James Q. Chan is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in San Francisco. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is in pre-production directing large format 360-degree films for Walt Disney Studios. He trained with two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK; COMMON THREADS). James’ recent credits include BLOODLINE with Chef Tu and Santhosh Daniel (post-production); producing Harry and Josh Chuck’s CHINATOWN RISING (CAAMFest Opening Night 2019).
James directed and produced FOREVER, CHINATOWN (PBS/CAAM 2016). The film received multiple jury and audience festival awards and a regional Emmy-nomination. James received a Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco for his work in amplifying stories from the APA community, immigrant voices, and tenant rights. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities throughout all his stories.
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