My Chinatown, With Aloha

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 The WORLD Channel.   

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Produced with the support of the Asian American Documentary Network and The WORLD Channel. 

Events and press coverage

Talk Story event with CPB Foundation


Director/producer Kimberlee Bassford 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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Read more about the full Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond series here and watch a trailer

Below is a list of known screenings of the film. 

The WORLD Channel, U.S. public television broadcast slated for May/June 2022

CAAMFest, Online, May 12-22, 2022 

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