Join us for a screening of three films celebrating Chinese American women in film, followed by a Q & A with directors Arthur Dong and Robin Lung.
The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17) 35 minutes
The earliest example of Asian American filmmaking known to exist today, The Curse of Quon Gwon is also one of the few American silent feature films made by a woman. Written and directed by Marion Wong, it was produced in 1916-17 by the Mandarin Film Company in Oakland, California. The film was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2006.
Sewing Woman (1982) 14 minutes
Sewing Woman chronicles the bittersweet journey of one woman’s determination to survive: from an arranged marriage in old China to working class comforts in modern America. Sewing Woman is based on a series of oral histories and the life story of the filmmaker Arthur Dong’s mother, Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who has worked in San Francisco garment factories for over 30 years.
Finding Kukan (2016) 75 minutes
Filmmaker Robin Lung turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of Kukan (1941), an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.
Following the screenings there will be a question and answer period with directors Robin Lung (Finding Kukan) and Arthur Dong (Sewing Woman).
Arthur Dong is a producer, director, writer, editor, and distributor of documentaries for over 35 years. His films about Chinese America include Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, U.S.A., and Hollywood Chinese. His films on gay issues include Licensed to Kill, Coming Under Fire, and Family Fundamentals. Dong’s latest film, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, launched the PBS/World Channel series Doc World in 2016. Among Arthur’s over 100 awards are: an Oscar nomination, 3 Sundance Festival awards, the Peabody, Berlin’s Teddy Award, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award, 5 Emmy nominations, GLAAD Media Award, the Guggenheim, Organization of Chinese America’s Pioneer Award, OUT Magazine’s OUT 100 Award, and the Alumnus of the Year Award from San Francisco State University. His book, Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970, won the 2015 American Book Award.
Robin Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawaii’s First Home, a 30-minute film about Hawai’i’s historic governor’s mansion and home of Queen Lili’uokalani. She was the associate producer for Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, Hawaii unit producer for Vivan Las Antipodas!, and unit producer for NOVA’s “Killer Typhoon.” In 2015, she was a documentary fellow at the NALIP ARC diverse female filmmaker residency.
This event is part of the 2017 Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and the Aftermath (PICA) Conference, November 10, 11, & 12.
PICA is a collaborative celebration of the histories of local multiracial and multicultural groups. In 2013, PICA was created as a collaborative effort between a group of students, faculty and community members from the University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies department, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Seattle (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans) and Heritage University of Yakima, Washington. The theme for this year’s conference is “FOR JUSTICE: Reexamining CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT of 1882 and Denials of Other Liberties.”
Sponsored by OCA-Greater Seattle