Breaking the Model: Stories of Asian American History and Presence
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Directed by:Sarah Park, Brandon Soun, Lan Nguyen, Ginger Yifan Chen, Yuka Murakami
Released: 2023 (educational)
Year of Production: 2022
Running Time: 47 min
Language: English, Korean, Mandarin, Khmer, Japanese
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Race Power and Privilege, Asian Studies
"Asian American" coined by activists Yuji Ichioka and Emma Gee in 1968 was a movement to build solidarity between the many AAPI ethnic groups struggling against racism and for their own civil rights. While not perfect in its current or past definitions, often centering East Asian Americans, the term itself symbolizes an important turning point in our history showcasing radical cross-racial solidarity. Breaking the Model: Stories of Asian American History and Presence brings together four different short documentaries exploring immigration, genealogy, gentrification and resilience within America.
A Portrait of Us 우리의 착한 이야기
Sarah Park | 17 min
A short documentary that follows two Korean grandparents as they navigate a modern-day reckoning of their immigration story and grandparenthood.
Conversations at the Register
Brandon Soun, Lan Nguyen | 9 min
The film tells the story of KH Supermarket, a Cambodian-owned grocery store in the heart of Cambodia Town, Long Beach that was forced to close due to gentrification.
Ginger Yifan Chen | 5 min
Over a series of photographs, Georgette Quan tells the story of her family's shrimping business, from the age of the Chinese Exclusion Act to its present-day status as a state park.
Sincerely Mine Okubo
Yuka Murakami | 16 min
Picturesque biography of Miné Okubo, a Japanese-American artist best known for her graphic memoir Citizen 13660 (1946), chronicling the WWII incarceration while she was an internee.