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Virtual Far East Deep South Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
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To celebrate May AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Heritage Month,  join the City of Memphis Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Memphis Public Libraries and Office of Community Affairs along with our community partners Chinese Historical Society Memphis & the Midsouth, Nike, and GMUCA (Greater Memphis United Chinese Association) for a virtual watch party of the documentary film Far East Deep South followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers Baldwin Chiu, Larissa Lam, and other characters in the film.  

Far East Deep South is the awarding-winning feature documentary about a Chinese American family's search for their roots that leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of the Chinese in the segregated South.  

The film presents a personal and eye-opening perspective on race relations, the immigrant experience, and American identity.  It sheds light on the history of Chinese living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the emotional journey of Baldwin Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about his grandfather.  Through a series of stunning discoveries at the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum and the National Archives, the Chiu family learns how deep their roots run in America.  The film also explores the interconnected relationship between the Black and Chinese communities in the Jim Crow era and the generational impact of discriminatory immigration policies, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act.  
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