The Chinatown poetry of Frances Chung

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Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier attended both our premier at MoMA and our screening at the Brecht Forum.    From the first moment that he saw our film, he noted an artistic connection to Chinatown poet Frances  Chung’s book Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple.  I have now read the book and it absolutely amazing.  I am […]


CNN Report on Chinatown Tenement Eviction

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We’ve been following the story of the resilient former residents of 81 Bowery every since we found out about their eviction by the city from one of the most established and thriving group housing units in New York City. Our friend Annie Ling has been photographing the residents of this tenement for the past two […]


Ousted by the City, Tenants Seek a Home – Photos by Annie Ling

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Photographer Annie Ling returns to the 81 Bowery Street community she photographed so beautifully two years ago to document their unexpected eviction.  The scope of these portraits gives viewers the chance to both witness and contemplate the fragility of immigrant life in New York City. Photos appeared in the New York Times March 16, 2013.


Brooklyn Heights Boarding House – Photos by Scott Rudd

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We met Scott Rudd during the MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight series in February.  We got to talking about small domestic spaces in New York City and he shared with us a photo series that he’s been working on for quite some time about a boarding house in Brooklyn Heights.  As it turns out, he also knows […]


Visions of Hong Kong “Cage” Living

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In the film, our collaborator and performer Sheut Hing Lee talks about growing up in a multi-family apartment in Hong Kong in the 1930s. Her story sparked our interest in this amazing series of photographs shared with us by our Production Manager Catherine Ng. The series was published on Sinovision.net. It gave us a powerful […]


The Cageman dir. by Jacob Cheung

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Scott Ng, the brother of our Production Manager and Translator Catherine Ng, is a film-obsessed radio personality in Vancouver, BC. He sent us this startling dramatization of life in a Hong Kong shift-bed house. At first it feels like an over the top B-movie, but then one realizes it’s full of grit and pathos. Check […]


A Bed and a Key at 81 Bowery – Photos by Annie Ling

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Coming across Annie Ling’s exquisite images of the residents of 81 Bowery Street in the New York Times, we discovered our shared interests as artists committed to interpreting the urban experience. Our mutual interest in photographing domestic life in Chinatown in particular will lead to future shared exhibitions at the Museum of the Chinese in […]


Emerald by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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As three ghostly voices share their stories, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald) lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel. The Morakot Hotel was a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion in the 1980s. By the late 1990s, however, the Thai economy […]


The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe

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Patrick Radden Keefe’s book on the global snakehead economy put into perspective the history of Chinatown that we as New Yorkers don’t often consider or remember from the late 1980s-90s. Aside from being a thrilling read, the story brings light to all perspectives on Chinatown’s immigrant experience, crime, and bonds between family. The book was […]