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My Chinatown, With Aloha

2022  |  10 mins  |  English

Fourth-generation Chinese American Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu Chinatown and the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague that hit Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.

This short documentary is part of the "Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond" series by Asian American Documentary Network and WORLD Channel.   

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Produced with the support of the Asian American Documentary Network and WORLD Channel. 
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Events and press coverage

Daytime Emmy nomination


The series "Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond," which the short documentary is part of, was nominated for a 2023 Daytime Emmy in the Short Form Program category. 

GBH Explore

Director/producer Kimberlee Bassford was interviewed about the film in an article for GBH Explore, the magazine of PBS station WGBH Boston.

Conversation about Chinatown with GlobeDocs


Director/producer Kimberlee Bassford participated in a conversation on Monday, May 23, 2022, hosted by the Boston Globe celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and highlighting three films about Chinatowns. Along with Kimberlee, the conversation featured Lisa Mao, director of A Tale of Three Chinatowns about the Chinatowns in Washington, D.C. , Chicago and Boston, and James Q. Chan, producer of Chinatown Rising about the activism in 1960s San Francisco Chinatown.

WORLD Channel has a page with information on all three films here

Talk Story event with CPB Foundation


Kimberlee was the featured speaker at a virtual "talk story" event hosted by CPB Foundation, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and A Better Chinatown Association and taking place in-person in Honolulu and online on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Kimberlee shared clips from the documentary and stories about her great grandfather C. Q. Yee Hop, who is one of 14 honorees being profiled in a special exhibit on display at Central Pacific Bank's downtown Honolulu location in late February.

Hawai‘i News Now and "Muthaship"


Kimberlee was the featured guest in February 2022 in an episode of the popular podcast "Muthaship with Stephanie Lum," in which Stephanie and Kimberlee rang in the Year of the Tiger together and discussed the film and more.

The interview was also featured in a news story that aired on Hawai‘i News Now.


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The film premiered on the PBS website and The WORLD Channel's YouTube page in May 2022.

Read more about the full "Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond" series here and watch a trailer

Below is a list of other known screenings of the film. 

Hawaiian Airlines in-flight programming, December 2023-March 2024

Shanghai American Center, Online, May 27, 2023

PBS Guam, part of GIFF 2023 Select Showcase, every Tuesday at 8pm (CHST) from April 4-May 23, 2023

Chinese American Museum of DC, Online, January 12, 2023

Hawai‘i International Film Festival, In person November 12, 2022 and online November 14-27, 2022

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest, Online, October 28-November 6, 2022

Guam International Film Festival, In person October 9, 2022 and online Spring 2023

PBS Short Film Festival, Online, July 11-22, 2022

CAAMFest, Online, May 12-22, 2022 

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, World premiere, May 8, 2022


Kimberlee Bassford


Director of Photography

Valerie Narte



Mahima Tuladhar


Additional Camera

Kimberlee Bassford

Henry Mochida

Michael Bassford


Voice of C. Q. Yee Hop

Nicholas Chun


Motion Graphics

Manjula Varghese


Production Assistant

Kathleen Zane



Steve S. Alm

Eddie Flores

Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock

Karen Lau

Cindy Lee

Nicholas Lee

Wing Tek Lum

Mei Mei Say


Featuring the poem “Before The Fire”

Written and read by Wing Tek Lum



C. Q. Yee Hop Companies

Hawai‘i State Archives

Jeremy Huang on Unsplash

Meredith Nierman / GBH News


Richard Tao on Unsplash


Sound Effects



Celia Baker

Jonathan Bassford

Michael Bassford

Naleea Bassford

Evelyn Chun

Mikey Chun

Randall Chun

Jay Hubert

Tami Lee Keolanui

Chad Koyanagi

Stephanie Lum

Barinna Poon

David Warman

Christina Whinnery

Eric Wong




Lead Series Producer

Pallavi Somusetty


Series Producers

Victoria Chalk

S. Leo Chiang

Lailanie Gadia

Grace Lee

Robert Winn



Freida Lee Mock


Series Production and Post Assistant

Lily Qi


Post-Production Services

Flash Cuts


Sound Mixer

Mia Stewart




Producer Editor

Hannah Paul 


Digital Producer

Sharon Wong


Assistant Editor

Jill Poisson


Post Production Assistant

Jenny Tan


Digital Associate Producer

Brigitte Carreiro


Digital Production and Editorial Assistant

Ravjot Singh


Project Manager

Elmira Zenger


Outreach Manager

Victoria Marsh


Director of Audience Development and Engagement

Eleanor Hong


Executive Producer, WORLD Channel & GBH Boston

Christopher Hastings


General Manager, WORLD Channel & GBH Boston

Liz Cheng


My Chinatown, With Aloha is a Co-Production of Making Waves Films LLC, Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), GBH WORLD Channel and Center for Asian American Media. Making Waves Films LLC is solely responsible for its content.


©2022 Making Waves Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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