By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
Beginning this coming Tuesday, you’ll be able to see three Asian American documentaries on television and then online viewing.
The films will be shown as part of the World Channel’s award-winning series America Reframed in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media and Pacific Islanders in Communication. All three films have made their rounds at film festivals the past few years. This is a great opportunity for those who missed those festivals to catch up on their movie-viewing.
Each film was selected to spotlight the identity and diverse stories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Good Luck Soup by filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi will kick off the series. Hashiguchi grew up half-Japanese American in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio and struggled to fit in with the predominantly White population. He takes audience members on a journey to discover how his Japanese heritage influenced the lives of his Japanese American family members before, during and after World War II.
The following Tuesday, American Reframed will feature Unbroken Glass.
Dinesh Sabu was six years old when his parents died. He went through childhood raised by his siblings and had little idea about who his parents were or where he came from.
As an adult, he sets across both the United States and India to discover his life story. He learns about his schizophrenic mother who committed suicide and his family history with mental illness.
The trio of films concludes May 23 with Breathin’-The Eddy Zheng Story.
Zheng was arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery. He served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. The film presents the story of a prisoner, an immigrant, son and activist on the road to rehabilitation and redemption.
A live digital chat with the filmmakers will take place in conjunction with the showings using the hashtag #MyAPALife. Each film will be available for viewing online for three months at AmericanReframed.org.
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