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Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West

by Loni Ding

The relationships between 19th century Chinese immigrants and the people and issues they encountered in America.

Death of a Shaman

by Fahm Fong Saeyang and Richard Hall

Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a second-generation Mien American woman strives to come to terms with her late father’s death, his drug addiction, and the murder of her sister.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

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The Delano Manongs

by Marissa Aroy

Larry Itliong instigated the great Delano grape strike of 1965 which resulted in the formation of the United Farmworkers of America, but the Filipino labor organizer has faded from popular memory.

A Dream in Doubt

by Tami Yeager

In the wake of 9/11 and the hate crimes that followed, a Sikh American struggles to believe in the American dream amidst a climate of xenophobia and fear.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

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Fishbowl

by Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry, and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsungaga

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.

Independent Lens

A Hard Straight

by Goro Toshima

A gang member, a hustler, and a small-time dealer discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning in this intimate film on the experience of doing time and trying to go straight.

Independent Lens

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

by Kimberlee Bassford

A look at the life of Patsy Mink, the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress.

Women and Girls Lead

Saigon, U.S.A.

by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn

A look at the changing identity of Little Saigon, a Vietnamese community in Orange County, California, and its struggles to reconcile the demons of the past with present life in America.

Xmas Without China

by Alicia Dwyer and Tom Xia

Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to celebrate Christmas without Chinese products. Fed up with toy and food recalls, the Jones family takes on the mission while Tom strives to understand his own divided loyalties.

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